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One Shade of Gray by Monica Corwin

One Shade of Gray
Monica Corwin
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
My name is Dorian Gray. You might think you know my story? Please. That was just the beginning. Not the end.
I’ve lived over 100 years. I don’t know why. I’ve sinned, deeply, but haven’t we all?
Now Sybil is back. Her name is Izzy and she looks the same. Smells the same. Walks the same…but everything else about her is different. Stronger. Bolder. I want her more than ever.
I should keep her safe, and keep my hands to myself. But those dark parts of my soul still linger. I won’t lose her again.
EXCERPT:
Some said women who knew their own minds were dangerous. I disagreed. A woman who knew her mind, and her worth, was intoxicating.
She cleared her throat and I realized my thoughts had been wandering to the past. “My apologies.”
Her face flushed a pretty pink. “It’s fine just stop looking at me like that.”
“Like what?”
“Like I’m more than an employee.”
I leaned out, about to pull her in again for another lesson but she stalled my hands, placing her small ones on the outside of my own. They were chilled slightly but the touch sent a heat through me I hadn’t felt in years.
“I think we just had this conversation.”
She leaned in and pulled her hands into her lap. “No, we had a lecture. You told me how you wanted it and didn’t give me the chance to offer an opinion.”
Fair point. “Very well, what is your opinion on the matter, Miss Vale?”
“Do you actually want to know, or are you going to do that playboy billionaire thing where you declare something to be and suddenly the universe aligns against the poor unsuspecting female you set your sights on?”
I chuckled. She was funny. Maybe Sibyl had been funny too, and I never took the time to notice. “I promise your opinion will be considered with appropriate weight.”
“That sounds like something a billionaire playboy would say.”
I didn’t respond to her taunts but waited instead for her answer.
She raked her eyes over my face and body, and I’d never felt more on display. I sat up straighter, which caused a little tick of a smile to appear at the corner of her mouth.
“I don’t want to date you, Gray. You’re technically my boss, and while you’re very attractive I can’t put aside my personal work ethic.”
My heart hit my feet and shattered like a boulder into a pile of rubble. Of course I wasn’t going to force her to do anything. But part of me had hoped my charm or appeal might at least give me the opportunity.
“Is there anything I can do to change your mind?”
She shook her head and gave me a sad soft smile, the kind reserved for deathbeds and christenings. Definitely not the reaction I wanted from her. Not the smile I wanted from her.
I nodded and stood up, unable to remain under her scrutiny once she’d made her opinion so very plain. “Of course. I’ll not bother you again.”
“And you’ll stop following me?”
I threw some bills on the table, slipped my arms into my coat, and buttoned it, all without meeting her eyes. The rejection stung. In fact, I don’t think I’d ever felt this particular mix of humiliation and sadness. Once I was put together and glued on the face I showed the world, I gave her my own version of the deathbed smile and a little bow. “Of course.”
I walked away without a word but when I reached the middle of the square a hand clasped my shoulder. Izzy grabbed me and held out the book I’d left on the table. I took it and met her eyes, unsure what she could see there, unsure what I could and couldn’t hide when I was around her.
She leaned in and whispered, “I’m not going to ask to kiss you but I will give you this as a parting gift.”


Author Bio:
Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters...lots and lots of typewriters.

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Red and her Wolfe by Blythe Reid

Red and her Wolfe
Blythe Reid
Publication date: August 8th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance

They call me The Wolfe.

I hunt women the way a wolf hunts lambs.

And I just found my latest prey. She’s a long way from home. We meet on the plane. And there’s nothing as vulnerable as a girl who’s homesick after her first trip abroad.

The girls I’m used to want my money and my looks.

This girl is too innocent for either of those things.

She wants me because of the way we lock eyes. The way we instantly hit it off. The way we seem to have been made for each other.

And I want her because I’m The Wolfe.

I hunt innocent young women like her.

It’s what I do.

#Hot #Sexy #Alpha

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My feet were curled beneath me as I leaned back against my pillows. I opened my book to the marked page and smiled to myself. With my schoolwork and chores, I couldn’t read as much as I wished. It had been almost two weeks since I last opened Flames of Sorrow.

No one understood my love for romance novels, but I was obsessed. They were my one escape, my way of stepping away from reality. When I read, I believed in soul mates and passionate love. I could experience exciting things through the characters in these books.

Flames of Sorrow was about a couple who were doomed to spend eternity apart. They were both immortal and therefore, destined to live forever. The only negative was that they could never be together. If they so much as looked at each other, they each began to develop a horrible illness.

Still, they managed to spend one day together every five years. If they kept their time together limited, they wouldn’t get sick. One day was never enough, but it was all they had. They were willing to risk everything simply to be together. I’d read Flames of Sorrow many times before, but I always came back to it. To me, it embodied the definition of true love. They loved each other with a passion I’d never known. Plus, the sex scenes were amazing.

I found myself hiding in my room late at night, reading the scenes to myself, imagining what it would feel like to act them out with a man. I knew it was just a fantasy, something I could only dream about enjoying one day. Still, it was my fantasy, and it got me through my mundane life.

As I read, I lost myself in the pages. I became Annabella, faithfully waiting for Diego to find his way back to me. I was her and she was me. In those moments, I became one with my book, and I loved every single second of it. Until my mother entered my room without knocking and pulled me back to reality with a painful thump. I jumped, shutting the book quickly and looking at her attentively. My nerves were immediately on edge. My mother didn’t approve of my extracurricular activities, and she made her opinions known every chance she got. “Scarlet,” Mom said, shaking her head. “Why on Earth are you wasting your time with this nonsense?”

“I like it,” I said with a shrug. Her disapproval bothered me, but I tucked the book under my pillow all the same. If it was out of sight, she would forget about it quickly.

Claire Timms was not your typical mother. She was more protective than anyone else in the world. Having been homeschooled most of my life, I was ecstatic to start college, but my mother made sure I didn’t leave home. Instead, I attended the local college and took classes there.

I tried to persuade my mom to let me move into a dorm room, but she refused. She said it was too dangerous, that I would be exposed to horrible things. I didn’t know enough to argue with her, but deep down, I thought she was wrong. I saw the fun college students had, and I was desperate to partake. “You’ve read it a thousand times,” Mom said, rolling her eyes.

“Not that many,” I said. “Besides, I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had time to read anything. Now that school’s over, I can finally enjoy myself again.” “You can,” she admitted with a nod. “Bu, you need to pick better ways to spend your time. Those novels just fill your head with all kinds of fantasies, Scarlet. They aren’t real. Men like that, they just don’t exist.” “Maybe they do,” I said softly. “Somewhere.”

 

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BLOG TOUR/ REVIEW: Wolfskin by W.R. Gringell

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Wolfskin

 
   Title: Wolfskin
   Author: W.R. Gingell
   Publication date: May 1st 2015
   Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
 

   Synopsis:
 
   ‘ If you want adventure, you have to march    right up to it and kick it in the shins . . .’
 
      At fourteen, barefoot and running wild, Rose  is delighted to be apprenticed to Akiva, the witch  of the forest. She thinks it will be all enchantment  and excitement, and not so much fuss about  baths. The reality is much more sober and  practical- that is, until she meets a mysterious wolf in the forest and is tricked into stepping off the path . . .
 
      In young, naive Rose, Bastian sees a way of escape. Cursed to remain in the shape of a wolf after running afoul of a powerful enchantress, he has lived many decades under a spell, and now he is both desperate and ruthless. But by breaking part of Bastian’s curse, Rose has caught the attention of Cassandra, the enchantress who cursed him: and Cassandra is by no means ready to forgive and forget.
 
      Meanwhile, wardens have been disappearing from the forest, one by one. Rose is certain that Cassandra is behind the disappearances, but can she and Bastian get to the bottom of the matter before Akiva disappears as well? And are Bastian’s motives entirely to be trusted?
 
      Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest.
 
 
And Now For My Review!
Format: Ebook
Stars: 5/5
 
      Wolfskin is full of magic, witches, curses, power, action, romance, a cursed wolf, a bitter Enchantress, spells, growth, strength, trust, and bravery. It's about a young girl seeking out adventure who becomes an apprentice to a witch, who ends up breaking the first part of a wolf's curse, who learns spells and magic, and tries to figure out who is behind the missing Wardens and why they're doing it. It's about a fourteen year old girl maturing and growing into a young woman who finds love, friendship, and family. It's about Rose's adventures and the situations she gets into because of her naivety. It's a tale you'll surely love.
 
 
  • Characters:
    •    Rose is feisty, adventurous, and wants to be a Pirate so she never has to marry. She's strong and brave but also young and naive. She's a very believable character. She also tends to act without thinking. So watching her grow up, fight Cassandra, try to save Bastian from his curse, and try to solve the mystery of the missing Wardens was very satisfying and enjoyable.
    •    Bastian is probably my favorite. At first, he's a conniving, vicious wolf who's about to eat Rose on their first meeting. But when she breaks the first part of his curse he isn't so bad. He's a cursed man in the form of a wolf because of what he did, and he's playful, protective, kind, thoughtful, and I loved reading about his interactions with Rose. Sure, at times he was slightly scary and his behavior was unsettling (mostly when the black surrounded the gold of his aura) but overall he was a character I really love.He's also tortured and brooding, but he's quick witted and definitely entertaining, especially when with Rose. Their banter never bored me and was very entertaining.
    •     Akiva is a Warden who took on Rose as an apprentice. She's not your typical lovey, dovey, coddle-you woman. No. She's a tough, no nonsense old lady with a hard fist and scolding eyes. She makes Rose work for everything and gets her to figure out things on her own since Akiva was never told anything whilst she was young; she had to figure it out herself.Akiva shows her emotions in odd ways, but once you get to know her it's easy enough to tell when she's happy, relieved, pleased and so on. She teaches Rose about magic and responsibility and she plays a major role in who Rose grows to be.
  • Pacing:
    •    To me, I feel the pacing was perfect. Though at times, with all the parties Rose went to because her sister, Gwendolen, is obsessed with them (basically), it was a little repetitive. it was great seeing Rose interact with Gilbert at those points, as well as Liz and Harry, but I feel like maybe we could go without the party? Things happened at the parties that really worked well with the story, which it needed, but I wasn't that big of a fan reading about dancing and Gwen's little minions and Rose just talking to Gil or being forced to dance. It was well written, but not something I myself loved.
  • Writing:
    •    It flowed well, kept me hooked, and allowed me to visualize everything fairly easily. The dialogue between characters never felt forced or unreal. It's pretty much perfect.
    •    I love how Bastian and Rose didn't fall in love right away, as most stories would've played out. It helps that Rose was still a young girl when they meet, and that she treats him as more of a friend while Bastian tries to woo her for his own gain. But I love how gradual it is and how it's not only for her, but him too.
  • World-Building:
    •    Everything was easy enough to visualize and was incredibly well written. I feel like the world was flushed out well and I very much enjoyed talk of the forest because it was easy to see how much it means to the characters and why. It was like the forest was pulsing with it's own life and that it felt emotions, which is great because the author really let all of it come through the writing.
    •    I like how each Warden had a specific piece of the forest to claim as their own and care for. It really allowed you to understand the forest more because Wardens have to make sure the land is happy and healthy and the forest tens to act out or try to fight back when dying and uncared for.
    •    The laws of the forest really made it feel so much more real. And we really get to explore the forest more since Rose loves adventure and tends to slip away from the path. We learn of what lives in the forest (somewhat) and why the forest allows them to do certain things. We learn of the forest's magic and how much life it really holds.
    •    The magic was fantastic. The gradual growth of Rose's powers really helped us try to understand her magic. I like how she wasn't instantly powerful, or holding this epic power just waiting to burst. I enjoyed reading as she tried day after day after day to see the forest lines without closing her eyes. It made everything feel more real because she had to work hard to get to where she wanted to be.
 
      Overall, I loved reading Wolfskin and I recommend this to everyone. Especially if you love to read about witches, wolves, magic, and fantasy.
 
 
 
WR   AUTHOR BIO:
      W.R Gingell is a Tasmanian author who enjoys  reading, bacon, and slouching in front of the fire to  write.
 
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BLOG TOUR/REVIEW: Sleepless by Michael Omer
 *I’m posting this as part of the XpressoBookTours Sleepless Blog Tour. I recieved a free ebook copy of this in order to do so.
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Sleepless
 
   Title: Sleepless
   Author: Michael Omer
   Series: (Narrowdale #1)
   Publication date: January 10th 201
   Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
 

   Synopsis:

      Don’t fall asleep. Don’t dream. Don’t get  caught.

 

      At the beginning of her freshman year of high  school, Amy can think of nothing worse than  moving to the boring, suburban town of  Narrowdale. And that’s before she starts having  the same nightmare over and over again, waking up every night to a creepy whistle outside her window and being haunted by a mysterious, menacing presence. Getting used to the new school becomes the least of her problems.

 

      As she delves deeper to uncover the truth, she unknowingly edges closer to mortal danger. Terrible events that took place years ago threaten to happen again, but now Amy’s life is on the balance. Unfortunately, the one guy who is supposed to protect her, nineteen year old Peter, doesn’t believe her.

 

      Some things seem to happen only in Narrowdale, where dark secrets hide beneath the surface…

 

      As she confronts the mysteries of Narrowdale, Amy documents her experiences in her blog. The book contains live links to this blog.

 

 

Now for my review!
Format: 
Ebook

4.5/5

     

      Sleepless is full of bravery, friendship, creepily intelligent  homeless men, weird neighbors, consistent nightmares, darkness, kidnappings, and investigations. It's basically Scooby-Doo, but less cartoonish and childish and more realistic and scary. It's about Amy and how in her new home located in Narrowdale, weird things keep happening. It's about the friends she makes and what they hear or see together. It's about them trying to figure out what Amy's nightmares are about and searching for clues and trying to solve what no one else did. Plus, it's infused with paranormal-like aspects. It's great!

 

      I'll start off with what I don't like, since there's very little.

 

What I Didn't Like/Had Problems With:

 

  • The beginning.
  •          I wasn't really sure about Amy in the beginning, because it seemed like she was always complaining (why did we even have to move, I miss LA, the air conditioning guy should know how to do his stupid job, it's so hot, I can't sleep, I don't  like most of the girls in my math class) and she seemed a little dull. Her character definitely grew on me, though.
  •       The pacing, for me, seemed slow. She moves in, spends a week with nightmares and unpacking and talking to her friends over the phone. She starts school, the girls are mean, she doesn't fit in, a nice girl keeps talking to her, she doesn't understand the math, she can't sleep, she forgot her lunch. I just wasn't a huge fan of the beginning because it didn't really capture my interest. I realize now though that it was needed for the story and was a rather great way of introducing the characters and getting us ready for what will soon come.
  •       uh, that's about it, actually.

 

 

What I like:

  •       Her nightmares. The way they were introduced each time was really interesting. You could feel her mind fog and as her mind turned to that of the other girl, it was a smooth transition and almost eerie.
    • It's dark. My head is pounding. Someone hit it, I suddenly remember. I'm shivering. It's so cold in here, in this dark room. How long have I been here? A day? Two? How many times did he walk in, whisper in my ear? How many times have I tried to talk to him, beg for my life, muffled by the rag stuck in my mouth? (Chap. 26 at 67%)
  • The characters.
    •      Amy: She's brave (although some may call her stupid because she knowingly broke into a house of a kidnapper), determined (she wouldn't stop trying to figure out what her dreams meant until she finally got the answer), and fairly easy to connect with (she's a 14 year old girl moving to a new place and trying to fit in and make friends, she thinks boys are cute and she's normal {if you don't count the nightmares which are basically of the past she knew nothing about}).
    •      Shane: He only just met Amy, but he's there for her. He's kind, thoughtful, likes to take videos and photos, and he's basically her confident because he can hear what she heard too. He makes her feel like she isn't crazy, basically.
    •      Coral: She's the nice girl who kept trying to talk to Amy at first. She ends up also being there for Amy, and though she didn't hear what Shane and Amy did that night, she still sticks with them. She tries to help Amy keep up with her studies, she goes along with Amy's ideas even if they're crazy, stupid, or dangerous. They're like the Scooby-Doo gang, alright? They're a group of close friends (it doesn't matter that they just met, they're all friends) who hear and see paranormal things and decide to investigate.
    •       Edger: He's the creepily intelligent homeless man. Basically, he spews random things to those he meets, and Amy thinks it's because he knows things no one else does. He knew she'd become friends with Shane and that Shane liked the moon, he knew she had money (even the exact amount) even though she told him she didn't have any, and he knew about her nightmares. He even gave her clues on how to find out what they were about and so Amy, Shane, and Coral then looked it up and thus their investigation began.
    •       Alex: He's the weird neighbor. At first he was kinda creepy, because he seemed to know things she didn't (you shouldn't go out at night, there's thing the come out; bad things. things are best left in the past). He was a cool character though, ending up being someone who helps. I like him.
  • The writing.
    •       It flowed well, had a great tone, definitely had me feeling scared and anxious at some points, and had a great pace (after the small part in the beginning).
  •      
  •       Overall, I really enjoyed reading Sleepless and I would recommend this to everyone. Especial if you love thriller or paranormal books.
 
 
 
Michael   AUTHOR BIO:
      My name is Michael Omer, and I’m a writer,  journalist and game designer. I wrote and published  my first novel when I was sixteen, and  figured I’d keep at it. Since then, I have published  two more novels, and wrote… who can even count  how many? I’m happily married to a woman who  keeps pushing me to write more, and have three kids  who insist I should stop writing and come play with  them. I also have two dogs.
 
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BLOG TOUR/REVIEW: Sarina, Sweetheart by Megan Carney
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   Title: Sarina, Sweetheart
   Author: Megan Carney
   Publication date: March 5th 2015
   Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
 

     Synopsis:

      Her name is Sarina Wocek. Her breath is

 poison. She was not born out of love.

 

      Twenty-three years ago, government officials  traced the budding epidemic of hemorrhagic fever  HF186-2A in south Florida to the Wocek family and  their adorable six-week-old daughter, Sarina. Her  father, Gregory, admitted his role in genetically engineering a biological weapon with pride. She was taken to a lab hidden in a rural area of New Hampshire. She hasn’t left since.

 

      Her government keepers could cure her, but they won’t. Genetically engineering a child to be a weapon of mass destruction, that’s unethical. Refining a weapon of mass destruction that someone else created? That’s just being clever.

 

      After twenty-three years of captivity, she escapes. She crosses an ocean to put her father and the lab behind her, but it’s not enough. When she sees the first bleeding sore, she knows she didn’t leave the virus behind either.

 

      The only way she’ll be free is by destroying every trace of the lab. She only has one advantage; she doesn’t care if she makes it out alive.

 
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Format: Ebook
4.5/5
 
      Sarina, Sweetheart is full of action, bravery, survival, self-discovery, romance, experiments, and evil military leaders working to make weapons out of young girls! It's full of pain, regret, revenge, and learning to trust as well as love. It's a tale in which Sarina carries a virus that kills all she comes in contact with once the trigger is activated. It's about her escaping the laboratory, discovering herself, getting experience, figuring out who is in charge and what the trigger is, and getting revenge. It's a beautiful and painful story that's incredibly realistic and easy to connect with.
 
      It's cleverly plotted, well-written, has a brilliant (and easy-to-connect-with) heroine, and is full of raw emotions. Sarina, despite being locked up in a laboratory without much human socialization for all of her life and having been a lab rat (she was studied, tutored via live chat or books, had undergone involuntary surgery multiple times), is still a compassionate and thoughtful character. She hates the fact that she's killed (either because she contaminated them or they were killed because they had helped her) and she hates the fact that she puts so many people in danger being out in the open.
 
      She is brilliant and strong though. During her time locked up, she managed to forge secret survival skills and plans that could help her avoid killing others. Just from reading magazines or watching television (which had all gone to supervisors to be checked first) she had learned tricks on how to preserve water and how to survive in the wild. She stored information about making homemade pepper spray, and even learned how to get what she wants without killing just from observing others. She is a quick learning and is incredibly intelligent. She can also speak multiple languages.
 
      She knows her education was only provided so she could be the perfect weapon, but she uses it against them. And so her plan of revenge, and her escape was partially thanks to them (the evil military man and those who work for him).
 
      I recommend this to all who like a realistic story with great characters and a clever plot. And sci-fi lovers!
 
 
 
 
 
Megan
 
    AUTHOR BIO:

      Megan Carney is an author, geek and  amateur photographer living in the Twin  Cities. She has ten years of experience  in the field of computer security. Her  previous short story publications  include: ‘Flighty Youth’ in the Raritan,  ‘Modern Mayhem’ in the Wayfarer,  ‘Swing By Close’ in the Wayfarer,  ‘Directions’ in the Bell Tower. ‘Swing  By Close’ and ‘Directions’ both won first  prize in the fiction sections of that issue.  The Christian Science Monitor dubbed her  self-published photography book, ‘Signs  of My Cities’ as having “youthful zest.”

 

      Her non-literary creations include: a robot to clean the bathroom tub, Zim and Gir costumes, No-Dig tomato stakes, StickFriend the bear bag hanger, and a burning coal costume so she could be Katniss for a night.

 

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