Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review: Oasis of Pleasure by Tessie Bradford

Oasis of Pleasure
by: Tessie Bradford
ISBN#9781419922299
$4.45 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Sci-Fi Erotica / menage
Released: October 2009







Driving to her vacation home, Elizabeth is driven off the road by a bright light.  When she awakens to find two multicolored drop dead sexy men standing over her, she's sure it's a dream.  That hope is shattered however as they explain she nearly died, and only their technology was able to save her.  Furthermore, they're aliens from the future, and taking her back to her own time is impossible.  Oh, and by the way, their race is sexually promiscuous, so feel free to have sex with whoever you want.  Poor Elizabeth must now learn about a different culture from hers, while trying to rebuild a life for herself on their exploration ship.  Hagan is the commander of the ship, and as such expects her to jump when told, in and out of bed.  His lover, Gareth, is a skilled medic who doesn't disguise the fact he wants her in his bed, preferably with Hagan as well.  Now Elizabeth must try and throw aside her ideas that sex with two men is wrong, and learn to enjoy the moment.  And really, with having two hunks worshipping her body, it shouldn't be that much of a hardship.


 
This was a quick and dirty read about one woman's quest to acclimate herself to a situation she had no control over, while trying to shed her ingrained inhibitions.  The sexual chemistry was hot, hot, hot, and so were the emotions as the three learned more about each other.  The book seemed to stagnate a bit towards the middle, and the ending seemed like it had been thrown in as an afterthought.  All in all though, it was a good book.

Carla gives this book a





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Review: The Officer and the Secret by Jeanette Murray

The Officer and the Secret
Semper Fi #3
by: Jeanette Murray
ISBN#9781402265464
$6.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Contemporary Romance
Released: July 2013




 


The Officer and the Secret is the third in the Semper Fi series and the only one I have read so far. I feel it can be read as a stand alone book or you can go back and read the first two as I fell in love with all three couples I am sure other readers will too. This book is concentrated on Dwayne and Veronica but also catches you up where the other two couples are from the previous two books and where they are heading. 

Dwayne is a Marine and all 6'4 of him is sexy, walking and talking with that southern accent. Loves his Momma and sister and fiercely protective, just has good old fashioned values.  Just back from deployment and having a few issues, what is now known as PTSD. He isn't looking for a relationship but he can not resist Veronica.

Veronica is adjusting to her new world and learning to be herself without the restrictions of her parents. At 26 she is like a newborn to the world of dating, men and how to make herself happy without guilt.  She hides behind her clothing and doesn't share her secrets with anyone for fear of them not accepting her or making her feel too different, an outcast.

Dwayne sees past the clothes and shyness to the sweet person she is. As their relationship grows and turns intimate the reader falls in love with them as well and understands the insecurities of each of them. You find yourself laughing, cheering and wanting to nudge them in the right direction at some points.
The interaction with the other two couples is entwined throughout and learning to have friends for the first time Veronica is truly blessed to have found these two wonderful women and the group as a whole.

The military family is special and very accepting where sometimes normal society is not, it is a removed group who bond together and Miss Murray conveyed this perfectly. The bond in which friendships are made and ones are accepted into the core with care and genuine friendship is touching and very realistic. This is a very well written love story that will capture your attention and won't let go until the last page. I definitely would recommend this book to other readers.

Chris gives this book a




“After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.”



The Officer and the Secret was a totally sweet love story.  You can’t help but fall in love and hope for the happily ever after for Dwayne and Veronica, but things do not always go as they should. 

I will admit at one point I rolled my eyes and thought “predictable”.  Boy, was I wrong and that was what eventually sold me on the book as a whole.  I did not expect some of the twists that came about.  I love how close all the friendships are in the book, they are totally what I imagine military life would be like.

After reading The Officer and the Secret I figured out that it is book 3 of a series, however reading it as a stand-alone was not a problem and I will go back and read the first two.

Drue gives this book a




 


Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Review: Jillian's Job by Fran Lee

Jillian's Job
by: Fran Lee
ISBN#9781419924859
$4.45 ebook
Ellora's Cave
Contemporary Erotica
Released: November 2009







Sure, the pay and benefits are amazing, but Jill's sick and tired of her hotter than sin boss walking all over her.  His latest demand--fly to Aspen the day before her birthday party to rescue him from his latest supermodel slash gold digger.  Determined to quit this time and not just talk about it, she decks herself out to play the jealous fiancée, using the company card, of course.  But too many glasses of champagne take their toll, and she finds herself waking up with the mother of all hangovers.  What's worse, not only is she naked, but so is the man in bed with her.  When she realizes it's her boss, she's both mortified and secretly thrilled since he's been the object of her fantasies for the last seven years.  But when Mike grins and shows her the marriage certificate she doesn't remember signing the night before, she has no idea what to do next.

Mike's personal assistant has effortlessly managed his life and career for the past seven years, but hasn't given one sign of personal interest in him.  So when he sees her walk into his party dressed to the nines, he knows he'll stop at nothing to make her see how much she means to him, and how good they can be together.

 

This was a fun story about a woman fed up with her boss, who doesn't seem to realize she exists unless she makes a mistake.  The chemistry between the two characters was great, and I loved seeing Jill waffle between hating Mike's guts and wanting to molest him.  On the other hand, seeing how much Mike wants Jill and how far he's willing to go to make that happen makes me sigh and wish some multi millionaire would come and whisk me off my feet. 

Carla gives this book a




Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Cover Scavenger Hunt for author Arial Burnz

Joyous occasion! I’m so pleased to be a guest at the RomFan Reviews site, hosted by the three lovely ladies Annette, Carla and Michele. Thank you so much for accepting my invitation to participate in the hunt! *Big virtual hugs!*

What is the Scavenger Hunt?


For those of you just joining the scavenger hunt, I’m Arial Burnz, author of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles and I’m doing something a little different than your typical cover reveal. We’re on a Scavenger Hunt! In short, I’ve split my new book cover for MIDNIGHT HUNT into fifteen puzzle pieces and scattered them across the Internet. From June 17th through July 1st, one piece a day has been revealed on a blog, website or one of my internet hangouts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.).

Gather the codes from all the pieces and send them in to me at the end of the hunt and you’ll be entered into the drawing for Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards, a signed paperback copy of my new release MIDNIGHT HUNT, as well as some signed Romance Trading Cards and other swag (Total Approximate Retail Value of All Prizes: $65). Please click here for the details and my contact information, and here for Official Rules.

Today’s Puzzle Piece


RomFan Reviews is doing the honor of revealing the twelfth piece of the puzzle. *drum roll* Tah-dah!

 



Notice the really important part of the puzzle piece above…the CODE! You’ll need that for the final drawing. Be sure to write that code down. You can right-click on the image and save it OR jot down the code somewhere safe. (NOTE: You can always go back to my site where the links to the pieces will be consolidated on one page and updated throughout the Scavenger Hunt.)

Zooming In On the Piece…


This is the fun part for me. The heroine, Monika, is slowly starting to be revealed on the cover. She’s the last part of puzzle we’re assembling. When my husband saw the completed cover, he said, “Hubba hubba! I like it!” Gotta love such a supportive man!

Exploring the Paranormal


Speaking of witches – Monika…not my husband – it’s their turn for the venting session. In the last two posts, we discussed what our pet peeves are regarding vampires and werewolves respectively. What bugs you about witches? Whether you’ve seen it on television, in the movies, or read about it in a book, vent about it here.

Maybe it’s the name witch and how there isn’t a suitable name for the male version. Or perhaps it’s fingernails on a chalkboard when witches are old, wrinkled hags with large noses and warts…like they don’t have good hygiene and never heard of Compound W! I know that’s high on my list of aggrivating images. What about brooms, wands or other such pariphenalia?

Do tell! What peeves you about witches? OR is there something authors, movies or TV do with witches that you wish they wouldn’t? Please share!

I’ll be available if you have questions and I’m looking forward to interacting with everyone.

Added Bonus: Be sure to leave a comment for my characters, who have been known to make appearances and surely already have during this hunt. (Click here if you’d like to learn more about my characters.)

Thanks again, Annette, Carla and Michele, for having me as a guest! Mwah!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Ember X by Jessica Sorensen


 
What if you knew when someone was going to die?

For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.

But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher's death and what he may be hiding.
 
What RomFan Reviews has to say about Ember X:

Such an amazing story!  Chuck full of history and complexity that with each chapter more of the mystery that is Ember is revealed.  I clung to every word trying to figure out who was on which side.  Bravo Jessica!  The characters and storyline are unique and exciting. My heart aches for Ember and Asher and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

Michele gives this book a 5/5.

To read the full review, click here.

 
 
Excerpt:

I lean against the wall, let my head fall back, and shut my eyes. “Breathe, Ember, breathe. You can’t stop death—it’s endless.”
“God, it’s like mating season in here,” a deep male voice enfolds around me and sends vibrations quivering through my body.
I shudder and misstep, tripping over my feet, and stepping on the toe of his shoes. Actually, boots; black ones with little silver skulls on the buckles. I like his boots. My eyes progressively travel upward as I take him in; dark jeans, a plaid shirt over a black T-shirt and a skull necklace hooks around his neck. There’s a sequence of leather bands on his wrists and a metal loop ornaments his eyebrow. His inky black hair dangles in his slate eyes and hangs shaggily over his ears.
His intense gaze tantalizes my skin as he takes me in. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to frighten you.”
I shiver again at the sound of his sultry voice as it spills over my skin. “Sorry about your shoes.” I retreat backward, putting space between us. The last thing I want is to find out when this gorgeous guy dies. “Crowded rooms just make me a little uneasy.”
He laughs softly as he tosses his cup into the trash. “I know what you mean. All this,” he motions at the people grinding against one another, “is an excuse for them to dry hump each other in public.”
I almost smile at the similarity of our thoughts. “That’s a pretty good observation.”
He presses his lips together and then with a hesitant look, he leans over my shoulder, putting his lips next to my ear. I stiffen, worried he’ll touch me and this magical moment will end, but he’s careful, leaving a sliver of space between his lips and my ear.

 
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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.





 
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Review: Ember X by Jessica Sorensen

Ember X
Death Collectors #1
by: Jessica Sorensen
ISBN#9781484020166
$13.99 trade paperback
Smashwords
Paranormal Romance
Released: April 2013






What would you do if the slightest touch brought you visions of death? From a young age, Ember has been haunted with visions of how people will die, and so she became a recluse.  Armed with her best friend Raven, Ember braves the community who believes that she killed her father and cruel classmates that torment her.

A chance meeting with a mysterious boy that silences the visions and for the first time Ember feels peace.  Asher Morgan’s sexy dark manner calms her mind, but quickens her pulse as their attraction continues to grow.  When a series of deaths begin to happen with details that mimic Ember’s father's, the town once again focuses on her as the prime suspect.

So many questions and Asher seems to have the answers to what she really is.  A Grim Angel? A battle as old as time between the Grim Reapers and Angels of Death rages and Ember must find her way alone.



Such an amazing story!  Chuck full of history and complexity that with each chapter more of the mystery that is Ember is revealed.  I clung to every word trying to figure out who was on which side.  Bravo Jessica!  The characters and storyline are unique and exciting. My heart aches for Ember and Asher and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

Michele gives this book a




 
 
 


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Blog Tour: Midnight's Kiss & Midnight's Captive by Donna Grant

Today RomFan Reviews is pleased to be part of Donna Grant's blog tour celebrating her two new releases for June and July, Midnight's Kiss and Midnight's Captive.  In honor of the event, we get to share an excerpt from Midnight's Captive, give you a bio of Charon, and get to hear how Donna gets inspired to write.  So without further ado, let's begin by getting to know Charon.


Charon
(Charon pronounced: K-AR-on)
The shrewd one. Forced to betray fellow Warriors by Deirdre. He has a life that’s been waiting for him, and he intends to have it. The fate of the world be damned.
Born: February 1365
Turned: 1390
God: Ranmond, God of war
Warrior Color: Copper
Abilities: Disintegration of objects





Dr. Veronica Reid is a world-renowned archeologist whose Druid abilities help her to unearth ancient magical items. The arrival of the all-too-attractive and charismatic Arran MacCarrick puts her on the defensive when he begins to question how she really finds her artifacts…until an unknown foe attacks and Ronnie discovers that Arran has a secret as great as her own. Together, they unleash an all-consuming passion that won’t be denied…
Immortal Warrior Arran is on a mission to find the spell to bind the god within him. But one look at the impossibly beautiful Ronnie and he knows there is more to her than meets the eye. With danger lurking around every corner and an undeniable hunger that grows with every kiss, Arran must reveal who he is to keep Ronnie from his nemesis. Now he is left with no choice but to fight—or fall—for the woman he loves…


 





ENSLAVED BY DESIRE

Laura Black knows her boss is a man of many secrets—haunted by some unknowable force, driven by some unspeakable destiny—and yet it makes her crave the devilishly handsome, roguishly charming Charon all the more.  When she uncovers a betrayal that will send her into a world of magic, she turns to the only one she trusts – Charon.  Even when she’s in jeopardy of losing her heart…

UNLEASHED IN FURY

Charon Bruce endures a relentless yearning to have Laura for his own, an ache he knows will never be fulfilled.  After the town he has protected for centuries is targeted by a ruthless Druid, he has no choice but to reveal his secret to Laura.  He must fight the deadliest foe he’s ever known if he’s to keep her safe.  But when Laura is captured by his nemesis, he must choose between winning the battle of good verses evil – or losing the woman he loves…







Here's the excerpt from Midnight's Captive:

Charon picked up the shirt and turned to where a carafe sat on the table. Steam still drifted through the space in the lid.  He bent to retrieve it, and found his gaze locked on Laura.
     Her eyes were closed as she swayed enticingly to the music. He had wanted her from the first moment she walked into the pub and asked him for a pint of ale. 
     He figured with her English accent she was just a tourist passing through as everyone did, but when she had asked for his help in locating a room, he knew she had seen the beauty of the town as he did.
     The next day he learned she was looking for work. Two years later and Charon still didn’t know what had brought her to Ferness.
     She didn’t pry into his life, and he didn’t pry into hers.  Even though he was insanely curious at times. Especially when she would look at a locket she kept in her purse.
     Suddenly, Laura stopped and opened her eyes. Their gazes locked, and as always, Charon found himself arrested by the pale green orbs that stared at him.
     It was a good thing she wasn’t a Druid or Charon might give into his desires. With every Warrior at MacLeod Castle finding their mates with Druids it was difficult not to think about it.
     But he was better off alone. Not to mention, no matter how hard he tried to feel any kind of magic around Laura, there was none.
     She wasn’t a Druid, and he had seen enough death in his long life. Not even the lust that burned through his veins could change his mind and have him slack his body with hers.
     He knew it would be glorious to have her in his arms, to taste her kisses, and hear her cries of ecstasy, but he couldn’t stand to lose one more person in his life.
     So, whatever pleasure he might find in her arms, would have to be forgotten.
     The glass door slid open and she greeted him with a soft smile he’d come to expect. “I was getting worried.”
     Charon glanced at the deck. How much longer would she worry about him? There would come a time he would have to leave Ferness behind forever. The people he knew, the friends he had would stop thinking of him, and he would fade to nothing.
     Maybe that’s why Phelan didn’t put down roots anywhere and why the other Warriors kept hidden at MacLeod Castle.
     He thought he was doing something good for himself. In reality, he’d only made things more difficult.  At one time things had been so easy, so uncomplicated.  Where had it all gone wrong?



Inspiration
by: Donna Grant

Authors get asked this a lot, especially when we’re writing a series that has several couples in it. After a 14 book series (Dark Sword 6 and Dark Warriors 8.5), it does become difficult to make sure each hero and heroine are different than the previous ones.

I’m not sure I have a certain way I do it. I just think of things I notice about people. Small things like being athletic and working out a lot, city girls, women who know how to take care of themselves in the wild, and hundreds of different things in between.

The men are more difficult. They all have to be alphas, they all have to be hot (of course, right? J ). It comes to little things with them as well. Sometimes its something that happens in their youth that leaves a mental scar, or something like a hero who loves to bake. They can all kick ass, but I like surprising readers with something they might not expect of an alpha hero.

In MIDNIGHT’S CAPTIVE, Charon who is an immortal Highlander with a primeval god inside him has made it his duty to protect the village he was born in. For hundreds of years he has bought up land, began businesses, and made sure everyone living in the village was taken care of.

He protects the people not only from the unknown evil they know nothing about in the form of paranormal creatures and evil Druids, but from known evil like companies who would destroy the forest and loch around the village. He is a protector in the primitive sense of the word. And he takes his responsibility seriously.

His heroine, Laura, is just trying to find her way in the world after escaping a family who had complete control over her. She has no idea of his true identity, but she is loyal. She’s dependable, responsible, and dedicated. It’s those traits that will have her remain by Charon’s side and learn of the magical world he lives in – and just how she fits in it.



Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels and novellas spanning multiple genres of romance.  She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.  Her childhood dream was to become a professional ballet dancer and study under the amazing Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Though she never got to meet Baryshnikov, she did make it to New York City and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later, Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.  Donna sold her first book in November 2005 while displaced from Hurricane Rita, a storm that destroyed portions of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, Donna has sold novels and novellas to both electronic and print publishers.  Her books include several complete series such as Druids Glen, The Shields, Royal Chronicles, Sisters of Magic, Dark Sword, Dark Warriors, and her new series, Dark Kings.  Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, four cats, three fish, and one long haired Chihuahua. She’s blessed with a proud, supportive husband who loves to read and travel as much as she does.


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Donna has offered to give away a tote bag, water bottle & signed copy of MIDNIGHT'S WARRIOR to one lucky person.  To enter, please leave your email address in the comments, and we'll draw a winner on Sunday, June 30th at noon EST.  Good luck!

Guest Blog and Contest with author Mia Marlowe



One of My Favorite Scenes…

I’m sure when asked to name their favorite scene, most writers pick something with their hero and heroine. Don’t get me wrong. I love Lord Nathaniel and Lady Georgette. The delicate dance of their two souls is a delight and I’d be hard-pressed to single out a favorite scene. But in One Night with a Rake, love isn’t limited to the titled few. Georgette’s lady’s maid, Mercy, and her handsome, but not over-bright footman, Reuben Darling, have been inching toward each other since Mercy first left her life as a whore and came to work in Yorkingham House. In this scene, their relationship takes a major leap forward…

           Reuben knew the rich were different. It was more than the cut of their clothes or their fancy educated talk. Everything they did seemed to shimmer with elegance. Like the way Lady Georgette and Lord Nathaniel were moving together around the room, for instance. Every step in time bespoke quality.
Even though the dance did look a bit like doin’ the unmentionable deed with their clothes on. Still, if the nobility did it, it must be all right.
“I never seen that dance before,” he whispered to Mercy. The pair of them had sneaked up to the little balcony usually reserved for the string quartet that played when Yorkingham House hosted a ball or soirée. The curtained space offered a perfect spot to watch the couple below with no danger of being caught hovering near the open doorways.
“It’s the waltz,” Mercy whispered. “But they’re doing it a good bit slower than usual.”
With each pass around the room, the space between Lady Georgette and the gentleman shrank until Reuben could see no daylight between them at all.
“Is he holding my lady a good bit closer than he ought?”
Mercy nodded, holding a slim finger over his lips to shush him.
“Thought so,” Reuben said, bending so he could whisper into Mercy’s little shell of an ear. He decided the need to keep quiet was a good thing if it meant she let him put his lips so close to her tender earlobe. “Should we stop them?”
She shrugged. “It’s just a dance. Her ladyship’s not complaining.”
Judging from the soft, doe-eyed expression on Lady Georgette’s face, she wasn’t likely to complain in the near future either.
Reuben and Mercy watched in silence for a few more minutes. The light scent of violets with a musky undertone teased Reuben’s nostrils.
“Have you been into milady’s perfume?”
Mercy’s gaze jerked toward him at that. If she’d been a cat, her back would have been fully arched. “She knows about it. She told me to help myself, so she did. Don’t ye be thinkin’ I’ve got sticky fingers.”
“I wouldn’t think that,” Reuben said. “I was only thinking how nice you smell.”
“Oh.” The cat’s back settled a bit. Mercy turned away to peer down at the dancers. “Thank you, Reuben,” she whispered. “Er, you smell nice too.”
“Me? I don’t wear no scent.”
Something inside him leaped up in joy. It was the first time she’d ever called him by his Christian name. He was usually “Mr. Darling” to her.
Unless it was “lummock” or “moron” or some other name that folks might consider an insult. He knew she was teasing when she did that.
He hoped she was teasing.
One of her shoulders lifted in a little shrug. “Must just be you I’m smelling, then.”
As they stood there side by side, he was achingly aware that her hand was brushing against his. Not so close as to be considered actually touching, but near enough to tease the dusting of hair on the back of his hand. He bit the inside of his cheek to contain himself.
Then Mercy nearly surprised the breeches off him. She slipped her fingers into his hand.
“Ye know what they say about dancing, don’t ye?” she whispered without looking at him.
He shook his head, then realized she couldn’t have seen that movement since she was still peering through the slit in the thick velvet curtains. “What do they say?”
She slanted a sly gaze at him. “That it’s all about using music as an excuse so folk can do upright what they’re thinking about doin’ lying down.”
Lying down? Reuben swallowed hard. All his muscles tensed up hard, too. Yes, indeed, hard described him just about everywhere.
Mercy looked up at him, her eyes enormous in the dimness. “I haven’t danced with a man in while.” She ran her little tongue over her bottom lip. “A long while.”
Reuben’s groin ached as he slipped a hand along the curve of her waist. “I don’t see as how we could do a reel here in this little space, but I collect we might manage that waltz thing if we take really small steps.”
Mercy made a low growl in the back of her throat. Then she dragged him out of the curtained balcony and into the narrow hall used only by the help. She didn’t stop there, pulling him behind her toward the back stairs.
“What about milady?” he asked.
“Milady’s fine. She’s a big girl,” Mercy said. “She can certainly manage a gentleman like Lord Nathaniel or I’m much mistook.”
Instead of heading down to the common room below stairs, Mercy began climbing the steps.
“We’re not going back to join the others?” Reuben asked.
“No.”
“Then where are we going?”
She stopped on the step above him, turned around, and cupped his cheeks. Then she kissed him, right on the mouth.
It was hard and quick, a resounding bass drum bang of a kiss. It reverberated through him, clear to the soles of his feet.
“Ye’re a fine figure of a man, Reuben Darling, and we’re going to my room,” she said simply. “Now don’t ye say another word. Or I might just change my mind.”
Reuben purposed in his heart not to utter another sound, if his hope of heaven depended upon it.
He suspected it truly did.
© Mia Marlowe, 2013

Thanks for having me here today! Here’s a question to start the discussion in the comments. After their tryst, Mercy tells Reuben that she was just having a bit of fun, that their relationship is only physical. He tries to convince her that she deserves more. She deserves to be loved and he’s not coming to her bed again until she believes that. How do you think Reuben can show her he loves her without tumbling between her sheets again? What says “unconditional love” to you? 

ONE NIGHT WITH A RAKE BY CONNIE MASON AND MIA MARLOWE – IN STORES JUNE 2013
For King and Country, Three Notorious Rakes Will Put All Their Seductive Skills to Work.
After All, The Fate of England's Monarchy is in Their Hands.

Since the death of his fiancée, Nathaniel Colton's polished boots have rested beneath the beds of countless wayward wives and widows of the ton. He's careful to leave each lady smiling, and equally careful to guard his heart. So seducing Lady Georgette should pose no problem. But the beautiful reformist is no easy conquest, and Nate's considerable charm fails to entice Georgette to his bed. To woo her, Nate will have to make her believe he cares about someone besides himself--and no one is more surprised than Nate when he realizes he actually does.

Praise for One Night with a Rake:
“Passionate interludes and scintillating twists and turns will entice historical fans.” —Publishers Weekly
Mason and Marlowe pen another seductive winner... Lots of interesting characters, plenty of action and passionate, wicked adventures!” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Connie Mason is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. She was named Storyteller of the Year in 1990 and received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 1994. She currently lives in Florida. Mia Marlowe is a highly acclaimed new voice in romance whose debut novel released in Spring 2011 from Kensington. She lives in Boston. Together, they are working on the next book in the Royal Rakes series, Between a Rake and a Hard Place, which will be in stores in January 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.miamarlowe.com .

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Contest:
Mia is giving away one copy of Waking Up With a Rake(Book 1 in the Regency Rakes series) to one lucky person, answer Mia's question above and make sure to include your email address to be entered.  Contest is open to US and Canada residents only.  Winner will be drawn on July 3rd.