Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.

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Thirty Day Boyfriend

by Whitney G.
Publication Date: November 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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I should’ve never agreed to this arrangement…

Thirty days ago, my boss–Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a “very generous” severance package.

The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I’ve secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute…

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to “show me who the bigger person was” in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.
We still have 29 more days to go…

BOOK REVIEW:  four-half-stars

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥½
Narration by Erin Mallon & Zachary Webber: ♥♥♥♥½
Plot: ♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥

This novella was witty, sexy and just entertaining. It is one of the best novellas I’ve heard all year. I laughed my way through this book. the beginning, there seemed to be an adversarial relationship between the boss Nicholas Wolf and his executive assistant Emily Johnson. Considering she was paid really well, she could have quit but she was determined to find another job first. Meanwhile, Nicholas was equally determined to keep Emily from gaining employment elsewhere.

The tug of war between them was so comical. They worked well together and seemed to understand each other in a way no one else did. So it boggles the mind why neither seemed to notice their mutual attraction. When a business deal required Nicholas to appear to be settling down and leaving his playboy ways behind him, Emily was the perfect person to help him close the deal. Emily and Nicholas pretending to be a couple began to blur the lines and that’s when the real fun began.

This audiobook was so amusing because of both the narrators and the character dialogues. The plot was well done even though it ended quicker than I would have liked. I wish I had a little more of both Nicholas and Emily’s background but they were so fun together. I wasn’t expecting it but this book was just so cheeky. I haven’t read anything by this author before but I will certainly check out more of her work.

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About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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Burn (Dark in You, #1) by Suzanne Wright

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Title: Burn by Suzanne Wright
Series: Dark in You, Book 1
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Format: Audiobook (13 hrs and 32 mins)
Narrator: Cat Doucette

Burn (Dark in You, #1)Burn by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


three-stars
I’m on the fence with this book. I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed it or would want to read it again, but I also think it has potential. This world of demons reminds me of the shifter world where there is inner demon (Charles Cornick calls it Brother Wolf in Cry Wolf) that shares consciousness with the host body.
Each demon has an anchor, but they have the free will to accept or reject bonding with the anchor. The bond gives mental stability, enhanced power and keeps the demon from going rogue.
The weird thing is that an anchor doesn’t mean a mate. A demon can have a different anchor from his mate. I can foresee all kind of jealousy between an anchor and a mate.

Harper Wallis, a free spirit demon, goes to a fight club with friends and ends up meeting her anchor, Knox Thorne, the most powerful demon and ruler (Prime) of the Las Vegas Demon Lair. This began the tug of war between Harper who didn’t want to be tied to someone who will eventually leave and Knox who isn’t used to being turned down for anything.

What I liked:
The diversity in demon subtypes: (view spoiler) and they had different powers and abilities.
I loved Jolene and the imps around her. I liked the sentinels and their loyalty.
I actually liked Dario’s plan for a new demon power sharing system.

What I didn’t like:
An anchor isn’t a mate but share mental and psychic bond. One can hear their anchor in their head and sense where they are or if they are in trouble.
The anchor bond seems possessive and territorial even though one can rejects the bond.
Rejection risks both of them being unstable.
A seemingly strong female is reduced to the sexual whims of an over-dominating demon.
I never could tell if Harper had icy sexy fingers to fiddle with Knox the way he did with her.

The world was underdeveloped and the plot was just okay. I am hoping that in book 2 we will have much more explanation about the world and the characters connection to it and the humans around.

Lastly, the narrator’s whiny voice almost caused me to quit this audiobook. Her character voices were pretty bad. The narrator did Lucifer and the other demons a disservice with that whiny voice

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FREE Audiobook: American Pharoah by Joe Drape via Audible

American Pharoah by Joe Drape (Unabridged Audiobook)
Narrated by: Aaron Abano
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
Release date: 04-26-16
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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BLURB: History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

Written by an award-winning The New York Times sportswriter, American Pharoah is the definitive account not only of how the ethereal colt won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, but how he changed lives.

Through extensive interviews, Drape explores the making of an exceptional racehorse, chronicling key events en route to history. Covering everything from the flamboyant owner’s successful track record, the jockey’s earlier heartbreaking losses, and the Hall of Fame trainer’s intensity, Drape paints a stirring portrait of a horse for the ages and the people around him.

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Last Dragon Standing (Heartstrikers, #5) by Rachel Aaron

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Title: Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron Series: Heartstrikers, Book 5

Release Date: March 1st, 2018

Format: Audiobook (13 hrs and 11 mins)

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dragons

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Blurb:  There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob’s grand plan finally comes to fruition.

But the Great Seer of the Heartstrikers isn’t the only one whose schemes are nearing completion. The Nameless End is coming, and even the machinations of the world’s most brilliant dragon seer might not be enough to stop it. As the world comes crashing down, it’s up Julius to prove what he’s always known: that seers can be wrong, and Nice Dragons don’t always finish last.
five-stars

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥♥
Narration by Vikas Adam: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥♥

What an amazing ending to such an awesome series. Narrator Vikas Adams really brought this Heartstrikers series by Rachel Aaron to life and solidified this series as one of the best Urban Fantasy series I’ve ever listened to. The range of voices from Julius to Svena to Justin etc, was brilliant and I was completely transfixed from book 1 to the end of this book.

Imagine the vermin hunter Julius Heartstriker from book 1 to this confident leader in book 5, the growth in Julius astounded me. This is what I look for in books, character development, creative storytelling and chemistry amongst the characters. All of that and romance was everything in this series, so I was not let down by this final installment.

The culmination of all of Brohimir’s schemes is the battle for his life as well as all of the earth as Algonquin relinquished her life to the Nameless End. This book saw Julius, Marci, Amelia The Plainswalker, Bob the Great Seer, Svena the White Witch and their consorts attempting the impossible, preventing the Nameless End from consuming their land. What a ride. I found this book to be as angst filled and dramatic as the prior books. The writing was so smooth, creative and riveting that I listened to it in one sitting. The ending was so satisfying that I just felt like I took a ride on an awesome rollercoaster at Disney World.

In addition to Julius continuing to lead by being himself, I loved the subplots, the relationship between Marcie & Julius, The Plainswalker (Amelia) & The White Witch (Svena), Frederick & the Heartstrikers etc. There is so much more story to be told here and I hope the author continues to explore this world as she laid a great foundation for more. I certainly hope the author will explore the subplots and keep this world alive.

This is a series that must be read in order but I recommend it to fans of great writing, fun characters and creative world building. I absolutely loved listening to this series. It was an auditory feast that left me completely satiated at the end. BRAVO to Rachel Aaron and Vikas Adam.

One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title & Author: One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Format: Audiobook (8 hrs and 10 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: Dreamscape Media, LLC

BLURB: In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly? Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥♥
Narration by Julia Whenlan: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥♥
OVERALL RATING: five-stars
Wow. This book was so full of emotion and angst, that I had to keep fighting myself not to go straight to the end to see the end. It wasn’t the ending I predicted but it was the right ending and it felt good.

Emma and Jesse were high school sweethearts and were two peas in a pod. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and Jesse’s plane crashed. After an exhaustive research, Jesse is declared dead and Emma’s world is shattered.

Fast forward, three years and Emma is engaged to be married to a wonderful guy and two months until her wedding, when she got a phone call that Jesse has been rescued. OMG, Emma has a fiancee and her “dead” husband is back.

I applaud this author because she didn’t make this choice easy. Normally, authors make the choice obvious by having one guy that is a jerk or selfish. I liked both men for different reasons. They were good men, good husbands and fulfilled different things for Emma. Who will best fit into the future Emma envisions for herself?It was well written and heartfelt.

I had to grappled with my personal beliefs on issues like Can you believe in love with two men? Is there such a thing as soul mates? Is your second or adult relationship better/stronger than your childhood/first love?

Whatever your thoughts on the subject are, you will be moved by this story. It was intense, touching and endearing. I couldn’t put this book down even though my heart was beating like crazy.
I love these kinds of books because I find myself talking about it to other people. What an awesome book. The ending was just right. Bravo

 

Thief (Boston Underworld #5) by A. Zavarelli

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Title: Thief
Series: Boston Underworld #5
Author: A. Zavarelli

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: February 23, 2018
Blurb
I’m a good girl.
I live by a code that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and
pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned.
But Nikolai Kozlov re-writes my destiny with five simple words: You belong to me now.
He’s Russian mafiya. A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he wants without a second thought.
And what he wanted was me.
He thinks he controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls you have to watch out for. 
I’m a dangerous man.
I live by a code. The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her.
She’s a dancer. A beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favorite puppet. This mafia princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply collateral.
It’s a shame to destroy precious things. But this is what bad men do.
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The first thing I always notice about a person is their posture. I was raised to believe that good posture conveys good manners, as well as respect for those around you. Nikolai carries his posture like a casual ‘f#ck you’ to everyone around him. There is no decorum in his leather jacket, jeans, or his haphazardly laced motorcycle boots. Everything he wears is black, but the small glimpse of skin beneath is a riot of colors. Tattoos cover every inch of his exposed skin, including his throat.
I’m not sure which is more offensive- the ink or the faux hawk atop his head. This is not the way you attend a ballet, nor is he the type of man I expect my father to keep company with.
“Tanaka.” He reaches for my hand and kisses it in a way that few men would ever dare to do in my father’s presence. “You dance beautifully.”
The words are unmistakably accented. Russian. And I’m struggling to maintain my composure while making sense of this situation. My father has always been protective of me. His own men know better than to speak to me or look at me, but for this stranger, somehow, it’s okay. My manners, at least, are still intact, so I reply as I should. “You’ve seen me dance?”
Nikolai flashes a boyish smile in contrast to the deepness of his blue-green eyes. “I like to invest my time in the arts.”
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Author Bio

A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author.

She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and  twisted documentaries in her spare time.

She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of fur babies.

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About A. Zavarelli

A. Zavarelli is a book junkie, cat lover, and traveler when plagued by intense cases of wanderlust. She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell.

Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and twisted documentaries in her spare time.

She is slightly obsessed with Theo James and funny animal memes. If you don’t mind these things, you should add her on facebook. Even better, make sure you don’t miss a new release by signing up for the newsletter below.

New Release Black and Deadly by Dicey Grenor (Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters)

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This short story will be published on February 15, 2018, in “Black Magic Women: Terrifying Tales by Scary Sisters”, an anthology of 15+ horror short stories written by black women, featuring black women.

BLURB: Something dark and deadly begins when Black Magic Women have had it with police killings in this post-Trump era. It ends with a chain of events that may destroy us all.

EXCERPT from BLACK AND DEADLY by Dicey Grenor

Kabira and Maajida grew angrier as they watched the officer’s press conference. Kabira’s fists clenched when the unabashed officer strutted over to his family for hugs and his soulless attorney thanked the jury, the judge, and the police department for participating in the so-called due process of law. Meanwhile, the victim’s family would never see the deceased again… all over a busted taillight.

The system had failed. Again.

Kabira’s phone rang on the coffee table, startling them out of their angry thoughts. Kabira answered, knowing that their oldest sister would be on the other end filled with her own outrage. “Hey, sis. Yeah. We’re watching too. Uh huh… yeah. Uh huh. Okay… Okay, bye.” Kabira hung up and looked over at Maajida, now standing in front of the television with her hands on her hips in her Wonder Woman pose. “Badu’s on the way.”

Maajida broke away from the insult-to-her-intelligence flashing on the screen and side-eyed Kabira. “Badu’s coming here? Now?”

“Yep.” Kabira sank deep in the couch pillows and closed her eyes to calm herself from the images on the screen. “Badu said it can’t wait. That we’ve been sitting around too long waiting for things to change, waiting for something to happen. She said it’s time for us to stop waiting. It’s time to do something. And…” Kabira pinched her nose to relieve tension that had started building since her twelve-hour nursing shift ended earlier, “I agree with her. If the courts aren’t going to make this stop, we must.”

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Dicey Grenor is an African American wife, mother, attorney, and author of racy fiction. She enjoys being analytical and thinking outside-the-box in professional and creative contexts. Before following her passion and writing fiction, she earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Administration, and Juris Doctor degree.

In 2011, Dicey published her first novel, which set the tone for her brand of sexy, wild, daring, and risky stories. Fascinated by supernatural creatures and the dark side, Dicey also published Vol. 1 of The Narcoleptic Vampire Series, in 2011. There are currently seven books in this erotic urban fantasy/ horror series, which brings her total to ten self-published books.

Dicey is proud of writing multicultural characters and mixing genres. As a proponent for diversity and inclusion, Dicey also created and moderated the Multiculturalism and Diversity in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror literary panel at Comicpalooza: The Texas International Comic Con, in 2014-2017.

When she’s not writing multilayered characters in intense, unpredictable plots, Dicey enjoys working out, watching TV/ movies, reading, and attending comic cons, porn conventions, and rock concerts. Though her residence is Houston, Texas, Dicey enjoys interacting with people from across the world via social media and traveling.

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About Dicey Grenor

Dicey Grenor is a wife, mother, attorney, and fearless writer, who tackles complex, taboo subjects from the perspective of quirky, compelling characters. She frequently crosses genre boundaries with unpredictable plots, and mixes darkness with comedy for the fun of it. Her ideal reader is open-minded and loves diversity in fiction. Fans of shows like Penny Dreadful, American Gods, Preacher, and other dark, twisted works, may enjoy Dicey’s books.

Dicey loves moshing at rock concerts, watching movies, lifting weights, and attending comic cons. When she’s not chasing her two children around or talking her husband to death, she is working on FAST FRIENDS, DESPERATE LOVERS, the sequel to her rock-n-roll erotic romance novel, BEST FRIENDS, FANTASY LOVERS (2014). The anticipated release date is September 19, 2017. Please visit her website to learn more and her social media accounts, where she actively engages with fans.

Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 2) by Layla Reyne

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Title: Cask Strength by Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 2
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Format: Audiobook (6 hrs and 58 mins)
Genre: Romance
Published By: Carina Press

BLURB:
Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer’s radar. They’re assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie’s home state, where Jamie’s past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner’s world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.

four-stars
Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥
Narration by Tristan James: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥

This audiobook was as entertaining as the first book and maybe even more.

The agents Aiden Talley (Irish) and Jameson Walker (Whiskey) are still partners after five months but their “relationship” has hit a snag. Aiden still wants to keep things casual but Jamie wants to be exclusive.
On top of that Jamie is continuing the secret investigation into the death of Aiden’s husband Gabe and his partner Tom.

When the Irish and Whiskey are sent undercover to investigate a college team’s online betting ring, past issues resurface for Jamie. He has to make decisions whether to fall back into old familiar routines or to chart new courses both in his professional life and his personal life.

This book was entertaining and the plot was both interesting and easy to follow. This author’s writing flowed really well and the narrator did an awesome job with the voices. This story was suspenseful and I didn’t know who the villains were until the end. There was a good mix of romance with mystery and I was rooting for Irish and Whiskey the whole time.

I am ready for book 3 because this series is quite promising. I have been waiting for one like this since Cut and Run finished.

About Layla Reyne

2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina but now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs.

Audio Review: Tap Left by A. Zavarelli

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Title: Tap Left by A.Zavarelli
Release Date: November 1st 2017
Format: Audiobook (7 hrs and 53 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: A.Zavarelli

BLURB:
Daire:
Lola Bell could easily bring an army of men to their knees… as long as she never opened her mouth.

She’s soft in too many ways. A people pleaser who goes the extra mile. Some might call her an easy target. In short, she has all of the qualities that I despise. But when it comes to me, she doesn’t hesitate to fling her poison arrows my way. She has every right to her feelings. Over the years, I’ve given her plenty of ammo.
Yeah, I hate Lola. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her too. When she makes me a proposition I can’t refuse, there’s just one problem. She tastes so f*cking sweet. So f*cking good. So f*cking mine.

three-half-stars
Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥
Narration by Tracy Marks & Aaron Shedlock: ♥♥♥½
Plot: ♥♥♥½
Writing: ♥♥♥½

This book wasn’t what it appeared but I enjoyed it. At first glance, I thought it was story featuring a rich douchebag named Adrian Daire and a sweet poor young woman named Lola Bell. They shared a past that included a loss of someone that connected them. It became increasingly obvious that Daire’s feigned indifference was nothing but a ruse to cover up his attraction and affection for Lola.

The author wove a story where the reader had to dig past the surface to truly see these broken characters and their pain. As their past unravels, Daire and Lola are forced to deal with what has been between them, the secrets, the pain and the lies. The journey isn’t a smooth or straight one. However, in it’s darkness of this story, there was always an undercurrent of hope. I didn’t know how or in what way, but I knew that love would conquer all here.

I really liked Daire because he wasn’t the jerk I thought he was and he sacrificed much. I also liked Lola because she was compassionate and not the airhead that I she appeared.
I would have loved it if the author gave us a little more depth regarding the person that connected Lola and Daire. What inspired such loyalty and sense of protection from all? I didn’t understand why everyone risked all and continued to preserve the memory.

The story was different and the characters were seriously flawed but I found them likeable. I found myself engaged to their plight. The love scenes were steamy and their chemistry was undeniable. Still the thread that bound them together didn’t make sense to me. I do love the fact that the characters grew and evolved as the plot developed. The ending was the best part of the story. It was the culmination of the journey.

Blog Tour: Flame in the Dark (Soulwood #3) by Faith Hunterrdr

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Title: FLAME IN THE DARK by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #3
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Format (Pages): Paperback (352 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic
Published By: Ace/Roc

Blurb: Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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FLAME IN THE DARK – EXCERPT
The sun was setting over the bend of the Tennessee River when I pulled up to the mansion, parked, and slid to the ground. The rear of the place was engulfed, flames flinging themselves out the windows and doors and the holes in the roof created by the firefighters. The roar and crackle of the fire, the rushing of water through the fire hose, the thrum of diesel generators, all created a rush of heat and noise unlike any other.
I had never seen such a huge inferno and found myself struck still and speechless as the fire’s heat and might reached out and gripped me in its raging fingers, scorching my face even out in the street. Glowing embers and stinking ash fell from the sky, burning. I tossed my good coat back in the truck and pulled a hand-me-down on instead. The heavy coat had belonged to John, my husband, and it hung on my too-slender form, but it was something I didn’t mind getting burned, and it had a hood, which I raised over my hair as I watched the scene. I reseated my weapon in the holster, made sure my badge was in view before I locked up the C10.
Three fire trucks were on- site, pulled up in the grass, two pumping water in through the roof holes, one watering down trees nearby to keep the fire from spreading. Firefighters strode through the ruined lawn, each wearing heavy gear and oxygen tanks and fire-blackened yellow coats.
Feds were on- site too, as was P. Simon—the former Green Beret ALT Security guy, from the Holloways’ party—and Rick, his black and silver-laced hair sparkling. A group had gathered beneath the protection of the wide arms of a fir tree. I looked around and saw a small sign that read ALT security. It was interesting that a man with so many personal problems was at the site of another situation involving the Tollivers. I sent that info to headquarters and heard back instantly that ALT was the highest rated private security firm in Eastern Tennessee. All the rich and famous used them for protection and security. Before I left the truck I sent back a two word text. “Still strange.”

About Faith Hunter

New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Altogether she has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes two contemporary Urban Fantasy series: the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels are a dark, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG.