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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Betrayed by Lies (Bound and Broken, #3)Betrayed by Lies by Rebecca Shea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Last weekend I spent the weekend with the Estrada - Cortez family! For some reason I have been totally into romantic suspense books lately. So when I got my hands on Betrayed by Lies, I devoured the entire series!!! WoW! I don't even have to words to tell you all how much I loved this series.

It was my first time reading anything by Rebecca Shea. I know, I know.... where have I been?!?! Her work has been on my kindle, but I just hadn't dove into any of her books until last weekend. Again, WOW!!! I am so glad that I did.

I am not going to review Broken by Lies or Bound by Lies only because they are mainly about Alex Estrada & Emilia Adams. In Betrayed by Lies, we get Sam Cortez story! YAY!!!

Betrayed by Lies starts with the best dedication ---> To those that never gave up on Sam. This is for you.

Yes, this book was for us! And boy was it good!

I will warn you, if you read the epilogue --- three years later in Bound by Lies, then you already know that Sam ends up with Kate Stevens. But we were never given their story until now....

I will also tell you that you should read the first two books within Bound and Broken series in order to fully appreciate Betrayed by Lies.

"Raking my hands over my face, I do my best to shove the events of last year to the back of my mind, but the life goes out of my eyes when I see the scars scattered across my chest. They're a constant reminder of the day I lost almost everything... including my life."
~ Rebecca Shea, Betrayed by Lies (Bound and Broken #3)

Oh Sam... I loved Sam in the first two books. Although I knew that he was not right for Emilia (Em). Em was always supposed to be with Sam's brother, Alex. It isn't until Sam leaved Arizona and tries to rebuild his life in Los Angeles that he starts to realize that Em wasn't the one for him. Throughout this book he works through his feelings for her. When he meets Kate Stevens he finally realizes that what he felt for Emilia was nothing compared to what he's starting to feel for Kate.

"For the first time in a long time, I have something to look forward to."
~ Rebecca Shea, Betrayed by Lies (Bound and Broken #3)

Kate is an attorney that is married to her job. Her brother, Nick, is the head of the ATF offices in LA. As the head of the ATF office in LA, he is Sam's boss. Knowing that Sam is new to the area, Nick offers Sam to chance to rent out the guest house on Kate's property. Thankfully Kate & Sam both agree and Sam moves in.

"She will be my demise. Someone I wasn't expecting but am growing to want in ways I didn't think were possible."
~ Rebecca Shea, Betrayed by Lies (Bound and Broken #3)

Now that Sam is moved into Kate's guest house, Kate & Sam start to get to know each other. As they begin to get to know each other, Kate starts to feel alive for the first time in 18 months. She starts leaving work early just so she can spend time with Sam.

"I'm feeling emotional because I want more with Sam. Everything about him intrigues me, and yet I barely know him."
~ Rebecca Shea, Betrayed by Lies (Bound and Broken #3)

There is so much that I loved about not only this series but this book. Rebecca sucks you in emotionally and then takes you on this ride that you are not expecting. I cried while I cheered these characters on. It was hard not to root for them!

"This is just the beginning of us, Kate."
~ Rebecca Shea, Betrayed by Lies (Bound and Broken #3)

The writing was fantastic. I couldn't get enough! I am so glad that I took a chance and signed up for this ARC. It allowed me to discover a new author to me and know I am a fan for life!

Rebecca, thank you for writing these characters. They will hold a special place in my heart, always! I wish I could read the entire Bound and Broken series over again for the first time.

#NoOneLeaves #Dreamboat

~ Review written by Heidi Pharo

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USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Shea brings you the third title in her thrilling and sexy romantic suspense Bound & Broken Series, BETRAYED BY LIES. Order BETRAYED BY LIES, and be sure to grab your copies of BROKEN BY LIES and BOUND BY LIES today! Fall into the deliciously dark world where the line between good and evil becomes blurred.


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From the USA Today bestselling author of the Unbreakable series, comes a sexy, heart-wrenching novel…Betrayed by Lies.

As an ATF agent, bringing down the Estrada cartel has been my sole mission. I’m a skilled agent, determined and fearless, but a relentless pursuit and a willingness to risk everything almost killed me.

A year later, when an opportunity in Los Angeles presents itself, I jump at the chance to start over and rebuild the career and life I almost lost.

Kate Stevens was not part of my new plan. I never expected she would be the one to save me from my past. She was exactly what I needed—smart, beautiful and independent. I finally have a future I look forward to.

Only nothing in my life ever goes according to plan. Losing Kate is not an option, but fate seems poised to ruin me, and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it.


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They say first impressions mean everything. Either Maximus “Max” Gunn didn’t get the memo or he didn’t care. The gorgeous, muscle-bound Dominant’s assumption that I, Mistress Sammie, was a submissive set my blood boiling. I wanted to drive the toe of my coveted Louis Vuitton stilettos between his legs—and bring him to his knees. But anger wasn’t the only burning emotion Max ignited inside me. The potent sexual attraction we share threatened to burn me alive, too. Unwilling to cede our Dominance, the battle for control raged like a third world war, both in and out of the dungeon. It would take a coup d'état for love to conquer our drive to command. But when Max learns the secrets of my past, and attempts to heal my scars, I don’t know if I’ll be able to still the battle…or fall willingly to my knees.





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A married mom of four grown children, Jenna and her husband lives in Kansas. Her passions include her family, reading, camping, cooking, music, and riding Harleys. She loves to make people laugh with her outgoing and warped sense of humor. If you're looking for hot romance with a kinky twist, pick up one of Jenna's books.




Ends Here (Road to Nowhere, #2)Ends Here by M. Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am going to be straight up honest right now.... There is NO WAY I can write this review without giving some things away. So if you do not want to know a single thing about this book, DO NOT read this review....

Ok, now that we have that out of the way... O-M-G!!! M. Robinson, what did you just do to me?!?! I feel like I just rode the most emotional rollercoaster that I have been on in a long time!!! First off, you totally left me hanging for a few months with Road to Nowhere (Road to Nowhere #1), and then this... UGH!!! I kept telling myself --- "I will not cry. I will not cry." But damn you, I was bawling! The twists and turns broke my heart! Then you managed to put those broken pieces back together again!

If you all haven't figured it out, I loved this book!!!

In my opinion, there are a lot of good writers out there. But then there are brilliant story tellers that take you out of your reality for a moment and take you on a journey that stays with you forever. M. Robinson is one of the most brilliant story tellers that I know of who is currently writing in the romantic suspense genre. What makes her writing even more brilliant is that she has a way of connecting all of her books together into one large story. For me, that is what makes a brilliant story teller. She keeps you wanting more of her work each and every time.

I had the brief privilege to beta read for her. The thought that she puts into every detail of her books pays out tenfold! We as readers get to enjoy this gift! It's pure magic!

Mia & Creed's story continues in Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2). If you recall, M. Robinson left us hanging in Road to Nowhere (Road to Nowhere #1). Mia goes missing....

"Everything that ever mattered to me don't matter no more. Devil's Rejects, my brothers, my f*ckin' life. I'd do whatever it takes to protect you. Ya feel me?"
~ M. Robinson, Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2)

If you also recall, Mia was pregnant with a child, a child who did not belong to Creed. Do you all remember who's baby she was carrying?!?!

"I know what this may look like to you. Pregnant with one son's baby and in love with the other.... It was one night. I went to the clubhouse with a friend. I didn't even know it was Creed's MC until we got there and I recognized their cuts. I would have never... I mean I didn't know Noah was Creed's brother."
~ M. Robinson, Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2)

Mia is carrying Noah's baby. Now you can see how this book is going to play out, right?!?! Well you would be WRONG!!! Along comes this twist that will knock your socks off and keep you guessing until the end.

Noah is going to fight for not only his baby, but for Mia's heart.

"I'm the father of your child. We made a baby, I ain't goin' anywhere. I owe it to our girl to fight for her momma, and not even you can f*ckin' stop me."
~ M. Robinson, Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2)

Creed is not having any of it! Although Noah may be the baby to Mia's child, he will be the man that both Mia and baby girl needs.

"Baby, I claimed you the day you were born. You were made for me."
~ M. Robinson, Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2)

There were times that I wanted to throw my kindle across the room! No lie!!! I was screaming at Creed, Mia & Noah!

Noah, don't get me started on him.... UGH!!! He needs his HEA, but not with Mia!!! Please M. Robinson, give him his HEA!

"My blood runs through your veins. I'll always be inside of you. Be a part of you."
~ M. Robinson, Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2)

I am going to end this review right there. I am starting to get to a place that I might spill the beans for you.

"I love Noah. I honestly do. That's why I'm torn, Doc. The Mia I was in the past is madly in love with Creed, and the Mia I am now is in love with Noah. Except, learning all these things that Creed has done for me... Makes me think, this Mia, the woman I am now. Loved him too, and maybe she never stopped."
~ M. Robinson, Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2)

M. Robinson, thank you for continuing to outdo yourself each and every time. It makes my day when I see an new book from you pop up on my kindle. You are a rock star! I cannot wait for Damien Montero's story coming August 2017!!!

"My life was finally complete, and I owed it all to a little girl wearing pigtails and a pink baby doll dress. Who stole my heart when she was nine-years-old."
~ M. Robinson, Ends Here (Road to Nowhere #2)

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~ Review written by Heidi Pharo

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The Castle (Endgame, #3)The Castle by Skye Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had not read a Skye Warren book/ series prior to The End Game. O-M-G!!! I had no idea what I was missing until I spend a few days with Gabriel Miller & Avery James. WoW!!! Just wow!!!

*** WARNING ***
The Castle IS NOT a standalone. You have to have read The Pawn and The King prior to The Castle. It is one continuous story.

The End Game starts off with The Pawn. In The Pawn we are introduced to Gabriel & Avery. They meet in the most unconventional way. Avery is in need of money to save her family home. She offers up her virginity for a cost. Gabriel is more than willing to take her up on this offer. So, for 30 days Gabriel owns Avery. He monitors her every move and controls just about every interaction that Avery has. As a reader I kept asking myself, why?!?!

"You captivated me before you even knew I existed. You're my queen."
~ Skye Warren, The Castle (The End Game #3)

The story continues in The Knight. In The Knight, the pieces of this real life chess game start to fall into place. It isn't until The Castle that everything is revealed.

"All the money in the world doesn't matter if you don't have anything to buy. Cars. Drugs. Women. None of it interests me, but suddenly I know exactly what I want --- everything he has."
~ Skye Warren, The Castle (The End Game #3)

Throughout this story, one of the things that I kept thinking was that Skye Warren is the master at leaving each and every chapter on a cliffhanger! It was so well written that it was hard to put down. The twists and turns throughout this entire series kept you on the edge of your seat!

"You're asking me to break into pieces. What do you think shards of glass will do to you? You'll be cut, little virgin. You'll bleed."
~ Skye Warren, The Castle (The End Game #3)

Not only is this a suspense series, but there is also that romance piece to this series that I loved! I seriously wanted to cut Gabriel at moments and then swoon all over him at others! And as Gabriel & Avery's story goes on, you totally understand why Gabriel does what he does. It is almost endearing what he is willing to do for Avery.

"You're my queen, little virgin."
~ Skye Warren, The Castle (The End Game #3)

I feel like I am being very vague with this review and yet giving away info that maybe I shouldn't... I'm trying so hard to not give away spoilers.

I will tell you, this is a must read series for 2017! ADD IT TO YOUR READING LIST NOW!!! I promise that you will thank me later!

"I came to him as a virgin in every sense of the word, my body untried, my mind untested. My heart unbroken. He changed me, formed me, made me into a woman. And in the same way I made him into a man --- a man who can love without reservation, a man who can submit. A king who can give himself over to his queen."
~ Skye Warren, The Castle (The End Game #3)

Skye Warren, you have a fan for life! I am so looking forward to finding some time to discover more of your work. I loved this series so much! Thank you for allowing me to fall in love with your characters!! The End Game was simply brilliant.

#ILikeDirty #LittleVirgin #YouOwnTheBoardNow #Checkmate

~ Review written by Heidi Pharo

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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

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It was one of Maverick’s favorite dreams.
He and Alexa had gone up to Swallow Falls in Western Maryland for a weekend getaway and were staying in one of the mini cabins at the state park. After a day of hiking and swimming and picnicking outside, they’d come back to their cabin tired and ready to crash, but getting naked for showers had sidetracked them for hours. And even once they finally fell asleep, Maverick was hard and ready every time he woke up, and he took her again and again, falling asleep still buried inside her . . . 
And fuck if he wasn’t ready right now.
He burrowed his face in Alexa’s soft hair and banded his arm around her stomach. His hand filled with the soft mound of her breast. He pulled her back against his chest and ground his erection against the swell of her ass. 
“Maverick,” she moaned. 
Hell, yeah. He nuzzled her neck, kissed her there, tasting and nipping and sucking. God, he needed in her. “Fuck, Alexa,” he whispered. 
Her hand gripped his. “Maverick.” 
He rolled her under him and crawled on top of her, his body falling into the cradle of her spread thighs. 
“Uh, Maverick.” 
He frowned and kissed her jaw, her cheek, her mouth. It was the kiss that did it. Something wasn’t right. The memory playing out in his sleep-fogged mind didn’t feel like the reality confronting his physical senses. His eyes blinked open. And he found himself lying on top of Alexa. Not in the cabin at Swallow Falls years before. In the gray morning light of his house. Her wide hazel eyes stared up at him. 
He reared off of her in an instant. “Fuck,” he said, coming to stand by the couch. Alexa looked stunned—and so fucking sexy that Maverick barely resisted crawling back on top of her. She lay on her back in his clothes, on his couch, her knees drawn up and falling out, her hair sleep-mussed and sexy. Jesus. He adjusted himself, unable to hide his raging hard-on, and scrubbed at his face. “Goddamn dream. I’m sorry, Alexa. I didn’t mean to do that.” 
“You . . . you were dreaming. Of me?” she whispered. 
His gaze narrowed. “Don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to.”

Ride Rough (Raven Riders, #2)Ride Rough by Laura Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Rediscovering Your First Love Stars!!!
Reviewed by Franci Neill

This is Book Two in the Raven Riders Series which is an offshoot of the Hard Ink Series by Ms. Kaye. With each book I fall more and more in love with this MC. This is Alexa and Maverick’s story and these two have quite the history. Maverick and her brother Tyler grew up together and were best friends and did everything together, including joining the Raven Riders. Alexa and Maverick always had a connection but as she grew up their feelings for each other become so much more…until a tragedy that ripped her apart.

With this occurrence Alexa changes directions in her life and turns to Grant Slater who is a really big deal in the Western Maryland town they all live in. Over the course of their relationship, Alexa changes in so many ways and when this book opens my heart dropped to my stomach with the urgency of Ms. Kaye’s words and the feelings that accompany this very first scene. I just knew I was going to be in for a wild and bumpy ride with Alexa and I was spot on!!

We also see Maverick for the first time in the beginning of the book and I could feel his love for her already. The fact that we see him when we do, proves that even though they’re no longer lovers, doesn’t mean the feelings aren’t still there. And let me just mention that I do NOT like Grant Slater. He’s an egotistical man that thinks everything should be his way and when I say everything I mean EVERYTHING. I just wanted to punch him out myself!

Once Alexa and Maverick start spending more time together again, because it’s a necessity, which again had my heart hurting for this beautiful, intelligent and caring woman. She takes care of her mother who has some issues that I just don’t think I could deal with, and a job that she hopes will lead her down a path of providing for her and her mother without reliance on Grant. But I digress, these two have chemistry coming out of their pores and when they start to explore what could’ve been and what should be, we learn the depth of Maverick’s feelings for Al…
“I never wanted to let you go in the first place.”
Oh be-still my heart. The connection between Mav and Al is so deep and filled with so much emotion that I routed for them throughout the entire book. Especially when things start to happen or not happen for the Raven Riders. There’s so much drama that we get to see the inner workings for the MC from several viewpoints which I loved. These men are truly brothers and will do anything for each other even if they don’t agree with some of the requests. That’s the beauty of Ms. Kaye’s writing. She gives us tremendous character development and plot details that we actually feel like we’re sitting at the table having dinner with this rowdy bunch of guys and their girls!!

As the story continues to move, we see what is really at stake for our H/h. Not only the livelihood of the MC, but their lives as well. The emotions continue to grow for them. But this time they’ve both grown and matured and the love they’re experiencing now is completely different from five years ago as Al so emotionally tells Mav….
“You’re a good man, Maverick Rylan. Better than I gave you credit for. But I see you now.”
At this point we’re moving to a stunning set of circumstances that brings everything full circle for these two. Their physical connection is HOTTER THAN EVER!!! Talk about needing to fan myself!!! There are so many involved people from Dare and Haven, to Jagger and Phoenix and even our Hard Ink boys. Things are moving rapid pace including how our H/h finally start to find their forever…
“Love heals. Love puts back together things that were broken before. Which is what you’ve done for me….I don’t want to be anywhere else but with you. No matter what.”
In conclusion, this book has moved its way to the top of my favorites list not only by Ms. Kaye, but overall. I’m so excited to see what’s next for the Raven Riders because we get Slider’s story next and it’s going to be SO GOOD!!!!

P.S. Alexa's cat Lucy is a girl that can't be compared to any other...you'll LOVE her!!

Thank you Ms. Kaye for the privilege of reading this book prior to release!

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The House Mate (Roommates, #3)The House Mate by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WoW!!! Kendall Ryan totally made my day with The House Mate!

The House Mate is part of Kendall's Roommates series. Each book is a standalone book. I will be honest, I was a bit nervous to read The House Mate because I didn't really enjoy the second book in this series, The Playmate. But Kendall blew me away with The House Mate! It was a super simple, fun read. I actually listened to it while switching over my closet from fall/winter to spring/summer. It was the perfect book to listen to (via text-to-speech on my Kindle) while doing this mundane project.

In The House Mate we meet Max Alexander. He is a bad boy that is not looking to settle down or change his ways. That is until he finds out that he has a daughter, Dylan. Max's world changes completely!

Max makes the decision that he need a live-in nanny for Dylan. He puts out and ad and Addison Lane decides to apply. You guessed it, she gets the job! Let the fun begin...

"In my dirty mind, Addison was the perfect sensual vixen, ripe for the taking. And in my mind was exactly where she'd have to stay."
~ Kendall Ryan, The House Mate (Roommates #3)

I loved Max and Addison together! They were so fun!!! Addison challenges Max in a way that he was not ready for. Max pushed Addison out of her comfort zone. These two characters were perfect together! And add Dylan into the picture... It is a perfect family picture that kept me smiling.

"As long as she was still here with me, I could live with that. I stretched onto my back and she curled against my side, fitting her body to mine like a puzzle piece. My whole life, I'd never known I could love another person completely. Suddenly, in a matter of less than two months, I'd found two people who had become integral to my happiness... vital to making my world right. Addison shifter closer wrapping one leg around my hip as she drifted back to sleep. I made a mental vow to do everything in my power to erase the last of her doubts and make sure this was how I went to sleep every night. With her by my side. Because anything less would be half of a life."
~ Kendall Ryan, The House Mate (Roommates #3)

Enough said!

If you are looking for a fun, light hearted book, this is the book for you!!! I promise that you will love it.

Thank you Kendall for allowing me to read The House Mate prior to its release. You totally redeemed yourself with this one! No lie!!! I PM'ed Dani (Inkslinger) and told her right away how much I loved this one! I can't wait to see what else you have coming our way this year. :)

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The Player (The Player, #1)The Player by K. Bromberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

K. Bromberg, I will slay dragons for you! You rocked my world with The Player!!!

I have to be honest, when I started The Player, I had no idea what I was in for. Sure I had read the blurb, and of course I was in LIKE with this book because it was Kristy Bromberg! But I can't tell you how in LOVE I am with this book.

*** WARNING!!! There is a cliffy in this one! If you read my reviews, then you know that I HATE cliffies!!! They drive me nuts! So now I have to wait until the summer of 2017... UGH!

The Player was a fun read! Easton Wylder is a cocky baseball player that is injured. Along comes Scout Dalton, the physical therapists who is hired to get Easton ready to get back onto the field. Neither of them expected to fall in love.

"You forget I can read you. And you like me, Scout Dalton. So, pretend all you want that you don't. Tell me the other night was a mistake. But I'll be over here chipping away at whatever is preventing you from admitting it, because that night was incredible. And not just the sex. That was phenomenal, too. But you... You get me. In a world of people wanting the throwback baller they see on the field, you understand there is more to me than just him. For some reason you seem to understand the things no one else does, the parts of me I'm not sure I even get, and yet you're able to put words to it. So, yeah... the sex was great. You can stick to your guns, tell me it wasn't, tell me it was a mistake, tell me you don't feel a damn thing when we touch... but I do. And I want to go out again."
~ K. Bromberg, The Player (The Player #1)

The push and pull between Easton & Scout was perfect. It made me root for them throughout the entire book. And yet I wanted to smack them at the same time!

"I'm putting myself out on a limb for a woman who wants to run, when for the life of me, I've never been one to stay. But I'm not going anywhere."
~ K. Bromberg, The Player (The Player #1)

As this book goes on, you realize that Scout is put in a very difficult position. The choice that she needs to make is heart wrenching!

"... though I'm used to shutting everyone out, he might be the first I want to let in."
~ K. Bromberg, The Player (The Player #1)

One of the things that I love about this book is that there is a side story with Scout and her dad. I was crying! This side story is very much part of the overall story and it worked out perfectly. Well, I guess I can't say that it worked out perfectly because of that damn cliffy!!!! UGH!!!

Kristy, I have to tell you that I LOVED the prank that Easton pulls on the boys!!! HAHAHAHA.... I was dying!

"... if Easton's pranking the guys again, that means he's getting back in his groove --- mentally and physically."
~ K. Bromberg, The Player (The Player #1)

Kristy branching out into a new series is brilliant. For those of you who are nervous or only want that Driven series, you are missing out! You have to dive into The Player!!! I promise, you will love it. Well, besides the cliffy....

Thank you Kristy for allowing me to read The Player prior to its release. I loved it. I can't wait to see how Easton & Scout's story ends. They need their HEA!

#Kitty #HotShot #CherryLifeSavers #HaveADay #NakedBattingPractice #PetHaven #BlueGlitter

~ Review written by Heidi Pharo

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Title: Turning Back
Series: Turning #2
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Release Date: April 12, 2017


I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.

Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me... Until he wasn’t.

Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.

Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.

And now he might be the only one I have left.

It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been so much better. 

And that’s why I’m turning back.

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“So then what happened?” Bric asks.
We’re sitting at our booth in the White Room. Before I left, I’d sit in the middle of the bench, Quin would sit across from me in a chair, and Bric would sit to my left.
Bric is still to my left, Quin isn’t here yet—if he’s coming at all—and Adley is in her baby seat on my right.
Everything is familiar—but off.
“Then he went to bed.”
“What’d you do?”
“I sat there on the couch for a while trying to figure out what happened.”
“What did you come up with?” Bric is looking very intently at me. Like everything I’m saying is critically important.
“He hate-fucked me, that’s what I came up with, Bric!”
“Rochelle,” Bric says, throwing me one of those Don’t overreact looks.
“I’m serious. There’s no other explanation for it. He hate-fucked me. Revenge fuck. Whatever you want to call it. That’s what happened last night.” I sigh and try not to feel depressed and sad. “And then this morning I got out of bed to go check on Adley when she woke up, and when I came back, he was gone.”
“Gone?” Bric asks. “Where’d he go?”
“Just left,” I say. “I texted him. Asked if he’d be here for breakfast. And he never texted back.”
“He’s just mad,” Bric says.
“I know.” I huff. “He told me that last night too. He spelled it out very clearly. He was worried about me. Sad about my leaving. But then when I came back—”
“Now he’s just angry.”
“It’s a pretty typical reaction,” Bric says.
“I realize that. Which is why I’m not going to make a big deal about this. But I don’t know if this is going to work, Bric. He might not want me. He might just want to hurt me. Exactly the way I hurt him.”
“No,” Bric says, like I’m being ridiculous.
“I’m not being ridiculous,” I say. “Maybe he’s not out to hurt me. But he’s doing something, Bric. He’s playing a game, but I’m pretty sure we’re not all playing the same game.”
“He’s mad, Rochelle. You have to expect that. He’s gonna come around.”
“What does that mean? Come around? Do you really think he’s gonna fall back in love with me the way he was? Because I don’t. I think he’s here for us. Me, you, and him together. And that’s all.”
Bric rubs his hand across his scratchy jaw as he thinks this over, so I check on Adley. She fell asleep in the car on the way over here and hasn’t woken up yet. Bric is still thinking.
“I don’t want an us, Bric.”
He looks me in the eye and says. “I do. But I get it. And I’m fine with you and Quin getting your little happy ending. But I’m telling you, Rochelle, he’s just trying to protect himself right now and the best way to let him work that out and ensure you two get back together is to have an us.”
“He said he doesn’t trust me.”
“He has a good reason,” Bric counters.
“I know that,” I say, starting to get angry. “I understand that. But the whole point of us doing this… game… or whatever it is, was so that you can help me figure this out. I want him, Bric. You’re supposed to help me.”
But as soon as the words come out of my mouth I realize how stupid that is. I trust no one and I have very good reasons for that. I’ve learned over the course of my life that people are selfish. People are out for themselves. People are liars. I have a lot of experience in being lied to.
Elias Bricman definitely fits all those assumptions I have about people. And then some.

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JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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