New Release: High Stakes by Nikki Groom

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Title: High Stakes (The Kingdom, #2)

Author: Nikki Groom

Release Date: October 24, 2014

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

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Blurb

“Stupid. Beautiful. Girl.

How did you ever think you could be free?”

 

The last words I heard before the darkness took me and my dreams were shattered.

 

I was on my way to having it all.

Friends, family and a future.

Everything I had wished for but never thought possible.

 

Denham King showed me just how good life could be. A life where love and happiness were within reach.

 

Almost.

 

I should have known it would never last.

My past is a dark, damp cloud, that has seeped into my skin and left a cold promise.

A promise of hurt and pain.

A promise of a long, hard fight, where the stakes are high and the risks threaten lives.

 

When your world gets thrown in all directions, and your dreams for the future are torn from your grasp; how do you go on?

 

Can I fight the demons that haunt me?

Can love save me from fate’s cruel path? 

 

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Excerpt

“Arianna, dear. It’s nice to see you again.” Amy pushes past my shoulder, inviting herself in and taking ownership of the air around us. “Although, I wasn’t expecting to see so much,” she sneers, letting her eyes drift down the length of my legs. 


I stand tall, trying not to be intimidated by her, trying to stand my ground in my apartment, but instantly feeling threatened by the way her body reacts to me, and the way her gaze makes me feel cold and uncomfortable. 


She lifts her hand toward me, and tucks a long, red, predatory nail under the collar of the white shirt I am wearing, lifting it between her fingertips and gently brushing against my collarbone through the fabric as she does. It sends chills through me. She’s cold. Her aura, her demeanor, and her intentions are all icy and it radiates from her in steady pulses.


“I bet he likes you in this. I bet he asked you to wear it, am I wrong?”


Of course, she’s not wrong. She’s pretty much as correct as can fucking be. I swallow hard. Shards of her persona stick into me like little icy pins. Her words, like little needles of reality, stab into my veins. She knows him better than I do. She knows what he likes, and what he doesn’t. Has he asked her to wear his shirt for him?

Has he told her to dress in nothing but heels and diamonds for him?
The thoughts make me feel sick. But, I know that she’s playing me. I’ve seen Denham’s reaction to her. I’ve seen the contempt in his eyes when her name is mentioned, and I’ve felt the tension radiate from him when he encounters her. She’s a bitch. Pure and simple. 

 

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Christina’s 4 Star Review

High Stakes, the second in the The Kingdom series picks up immediately where the first book leaves off. Arianna has been assaulted by her ex Jonny, and left unconscious in her penthouse apartment. When she comes to, she remembers nothing of her assault and both she and Denham assume that she had fallen and hit her head, that there was nothing nefarious about the situation.

When suspicious things start to happen and Jonny finally manages to show his face to Arianna (under an assumed name), she begins to understand that her life is once again in danger, and Jonny has assured her that as long as she resists his advances, Denham’s family is at risk as well. Arianna must decide if risking Denham and those he loves is worth the love that they share, or will going with Jonny be the best decision for everyone involved? Does Denham believe that Aria up and ran away as she has done more than once before?

Ms. Groom has further developed the characters of both Arianna and Denham. Arianna seems to have matured a bit and has started to grow a bit of a backbone. Unfortunately, there are several instances where she has to convince that she can do things on her own when Denham is sincerely only trying to keep her safe. She comes off as a bit of a petulant style, which makes her a little hard to like. I do love me some Denham though, a guy that takes care of his family the way he does is a keeper in my book.

High Stakes was another entertaining read. The ending and the twist were slightly predictable and while I think this book was meant as a romantic suspense, there just wasn’t a whole lot of suspense. It isn’t until about the last quarter of the book that things start to pick up and the secrets come out about who is involved in what in trying to abduct Arianna, as well as take Denham down. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read the rest of Arianna and Denham’s story and honestly, I’d love to see a Lottie/Spike book, as they were two of the stronger characters in the book. Much like the first book, I enjoyed it, it was well written, but it just lacked that “wow” factor that I have come to find synonymous with romantic suspense.

High Stakes is a continuation of Holdin’ Aces, it is not a standalone. I definitely recommend this one to people that like a little suspense with their romance and for those that like the Sin City backdrop. This one was a solid four stars and I’m sincerely hoping for a Lottie and Spike book!

 

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Author Bio

Nikki Groom

Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around. 
In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine. 
She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list. 
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people. 


Nikki loves to chat, especially about books! You can find her here…

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Cover Reveal: Fragments By M.R. Field

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Title: Fragments (Running on Empty, #1)

Author: M.R. Field

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 8, 2014

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Synopsis

Trice
Under the lights, amongst the jazz shoes, blistered feet and caked faces of the dance troupe, you pretend you’re someone else. The melody begins and your body responds. You allow it to weave into your skin until it’s made itself home in your soul. It is that dance that drives you. It is that dance that will continue to save you. It is that dance that will release you.

Until him.

Until your heart can no longer shut him out, even after he’s pushed you away.
You can’t let him in again, can you? There’s only so much of your heart left to give.

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She is the reason I can’t stay. The reason that the covered bruises, the lies and the hurt are too much. I am no good for her. But when I see her again, I can’t stay away. Like Dante said, “The path to paradise begins in hell.”

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About The Author

M.R. Field

M R Field is an author from Rural Victoria and has completed a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from Latrobe University, Melbourne. After growing up with the river at her front door, she returned back to her hometown after many years of living in the city. She now lives a tranquil lifestyle with her husband and two young children.

M R Field has always held a love for writing, filling journals as a child which progressed to more eloquent pieces as an adult. After ten years of creative instruction, she decided to turn these ideas into manuscripts. She adores creating new story lines and is a big fan of a happily ever after, but believes strongly in making her characters work for it.

She has recently decided to join the independent publishing world with her debut novel, Fragments, due for release on December 8th, 2014.

 

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Review: Finding You by Elizabeth Lee

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Title: Finding You (Escaping #2)

Author: Elizabeth Lee

Publication Date: October 20, 2014

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Being the wild child has worked for Mallory Vandaveer for most of her life. She’s the good time girl, up for anything–and everyone in her small town knows it. But when her sister came home after years of being away, long hidden secrets came out. Turns out, Mallory isn’t who she thought she was. And now everything starts to feel like a lie. In order to figure out who she is she’ll have to set out on a journey to find the one man who holds the answers.

Everett Boone is in hiding. Hiding from his past and the press and the demands of a career he put on hold after tragedy struck. When a young woman with secrets of her own blows into town and rents the apartment next to his, he’ll have to face the past he was trying to escape in order to understand his feelings for her.

They’ll both have to dig deep inside themselves to discover whether or not they’re capable of being enough for one another. Finding the person you’re meant to love isn’t the problem. Sometimes the hardest person to find is yourself.

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Rachels’ 4 Star Review

This is the second book in the Escaping series, this time following the beautiful Mallory, Whitney’s happy-go-lucky sister as she steps out alone to find her father and herself along the way.

I really liked Mallory. She may come across as fun, carefree, sexually confident and hard as nails but not far under the surface she has vulnerability about her; she just wants to be liked or loved. She is scared of rejection so builds walls around her that are hard to penetrate and hides behind sex to mask her true thoughts and feelings. In short, Mallory is really a complex character and if someone would bother to put in the work they would realise in no time.

While Mallory was off on her mission she didn’t expect the added complication of meeting a guy who got her head and heart in a spin but she did just that. Everett Boone was a sexy as hell guy who due to a traumatic experience kept himself to himself, preferring to be alone with only work and his drum kit to keep him company. Well, that was until Mallory appeared and embedded herself into his life, turning his self-imposed solitary existence on its head! From the get go there was certainly some sexually charged tension between the two of them that only got hotter as the story progressed. They both had issues weighing heavily on their shoulders and it was heartening to see them both let themselves go around each other, they were so sweet together! Despite some frustrating misunderstandings and pride issues they really were good for each other, changing one another for the better.

‘I pushed up on my forearms to look at her. In hindsight, it was a mistake I didn’t want to make. Seeing her there, with her lips parted – the hint of a grin still lingering – I felt something stir inside of me that was a whole lot more than just sex.

It wasn’t love. It was too early for thoughts like that. This was the first stage of addiction.’

There were some great relationships between the secondary characters too. We see more of Whitney and Cole from the first book, Escaping Me and we meet some new ones. I especially liked Mallory’s father Vince, he is just how a father should be. I must admit that while we had several father/daughter moments I would have liked to have seen more between the two of them once they had officially re-united. They seemed a sweet pairing and I would have loved to see Vince have a chance to really bond with this daughter.

This story had some great humour and witty banter! It was also sweet, heart-warming, anxiety inducing and sad in parts. We saw deception, lies, lust, passion and love; it had it all and I enjoyed every minute of it! It also has the most perfect epilogue. I have a huge love of epilogues, a good epilogue is a big deal for me and this one is now chalked up as one of my favourites, it did things to my heart!

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Title: Escaping Me

Author: Elizabeth Lee

Publication Date: July 30, 2013

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About the Author

Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe. 

Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!

If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.

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Review: Twisted Desire by Laura Dunaway

 

Title: Twisted Desire

Author: Laura Dunaway

Publication Date: October 23, 2014

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She woke in the dark. The sharp surge and sway of her world the only hints she has of her surroundings.

Penelope Santoro is alone, trapped in an empty room of what could only be a boat in the middle of a rough ocean. With no recollection of how she got there, and no escape in sight, she’s quickly losing hope that she will ever find her way home.

Tag Reynolds is detached. His life depends upon it. But when the beautiful daughter of one of his biggest rivals winds up in his care, his entire world shifts. Drawn to her innocence, he desperately fights the feelings he can’t have…feelings that could destroy everything he’s worked for.

Penny is nothing more than a pawn in a deadly game — a game that Tag cannot afford to lose. Can he save her without compromising his position, or will they become victims of their twisted desire?

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Jennifer’s 4 Star Review

For those that have read Laura’s previous books, Distorted and Discovering Lucy, I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised by her latest book, Twisted Desire.  Where the other 2 books solely fit under the Contemporary Romance genre, I would consider Twisted Desire a Romance with elements of Suspense.  Although it’s not necessarily “dark”, there are characters that are unhinged and scenes that are violent.

It has a great storyline that is both unique and captivating, and can easily be read in one sitting. The majority of the story takes place on a Yacht.  I imagine it can’t be easy to write a story in one setting for the better part of a book, but Laura pulls it off effortlessly.  All the characters in the book were fantastic. Laura did a great job in fleshing out all the personalities and each brings something to the table.  

Penelope Santoro (Penny) is kidnapped by her father’s rival Roman Vitale, the head of a drug cartel.  Tag Reynolds is assigned to watch Penny on the Yacht, not only to ensure she doesn’t escape, but also to keep her safe.  There are others on the boat, including Rico, Roman’s right hand man who is slimy and maniacal, and out for one thing – Penny.  

Tag is a kidnapper with a heart.  He knows that Penny is scared and tries his best to make her comfortable and feel safe.  Spending many weeks together, they do begin to develop feelings for each other.  Penny is 21 and naive.  She has no idea that her father is involved with a drug cartel, so she has no idea why she’s been taken.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I will say that there are many surprising twists and turns.

I look forward to what Laura has next in store, and hope she considers writing more stories like Twisted Desire.

jennifer

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About the Author

Laura Dunaway lives in Utah with her prince of 18 years and her three amazing children. Family comes first to Laura, even before reading and writing.

While she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, it wasn’t until a few years ago that she finally realized she should pursue her dream of writing and publishing a book.

After many many attempts at starting one, her first book, Distorted, was finally the one that flowed and before she knew it, she’d written The End. Discovering Lucy is her second book and she has written a novella Love, Nick that is part of the Nighttides Anthology. She is  currently at work on her third book, Twisted Desire, is now LIVE!

      

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New Release: Point of Freedom by Stacey Lynn

 

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Title: Point of Freedom (Nordic Lords MC, #3)

Author: Stacey Lynn

Release Date: October 23, 2014

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Hatred.
Desire.
Broken Dreams.

Jules McAllister has loved and lost.

She experienced the gut wrenching pain of grief after her boyfriend, Scratch, a member of the Nordic Lords MC, died on the same night that she told him they were going to have a child.

Grief stricken and destroyed, she left Jasper Bay, unable to tell anyone the truth of what really happened that fateful night.

When her childhood friend, Olivia needs her, Jules realizes it’s time to return home and give her daughter what she wants most – a family.

But Jules didn’t count on the tumultuous emotions she would feel around Scratch’s brooding and angry brother, Jaden.

Jaden has vowed to never forgive Jules for, what he feels is her role his brother’s death. Being face to face with Jules again, who is now a mother to a young child, he finds that his anger hasn’t waned and swears to have nothing to do with mom or child.

But how can he reconcile the burning fury in his soul with the irrational urge to touch her? To taste her? To own her completely?

Can wounded hearts that still bleed ever be healed? And can two people broken by their pasts find freedom from their pain in each other?

Or will a night of passion destroy them both?

 

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“I would have given it to you last night. Anything you wanted, you turned those lying innocent eyes on me and I would have fucked you so hard you’d forget all about Scratch.”

“That’s…” I swallowed and his lips grazed the hollow of my throat. “That’s an asshole thing to say, Jaden.”

“I know.” He pulled away, our noses almost touching, our harsh breathing mingling together. “Good thing in the light of day I remember what a selfish, lying killer you are, isn’t it?”

 

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Point of Return (Nordic Lords MC, #1)

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Point of Redemption (Nordic Lords MC, #2)

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Point of Freedom (Nordic Lords MC, #3)

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About the Author

Stacey Lynn

Amazon Bestselling Author of
the Just One Song series, Don’t Lie to Me,
Remembering Us and the Nordic Lords MC series.

I am a wife, a mom, and a writer. I can often be found curled up on the couch with a good book, or obsessively eating Skittles in a very complicated and organized manner. No joke.

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