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Business means takeovers

The Takeover Book Cover The Takeover
The Miles High Club
T. L. Swan
Fiction, Adult Romance
Montlake Romance
August 27, 2020
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In bestselling author T L Swan's second hot installment to the Miles High Club series, he's sexy, rich, and her mortal enemy. Hate never felt so good. I first met Tristan Miles at a meeting where he was trying to take over my late husband's company. He was powerful, arrogant, and infuriatingly gorgeous, and I hated him with every cell in my body. In the shock of the century, he called me three days later and asked me on a date. I would rather die than date a man like him--though I do have to admit it was good for the ego. Turning him down was the highlight of my year. Six months later, he was the guest speaker at a conference I attended in France. Still arrogant and infuriating--but this time, surprisingly charming and witty. When he looked at me, I got butterflies. But I can't go there. He's just a player in a hot suit, and I'm just a widow with three unruly sons. I just need this conference to be over. Because everybody knows that Tristan Miles always gets what he wants...and what he wants is me.

I liked this book enough to read the first story in this series, Mr Masters. Which I didn’t like as much. For me, this author wrote better as the series developed.

There was enough humour and snark and character and boys being boys for the story to read true.

I did think that her agency was really large – the numbers of employees seemed big, and I did wonder who it was who had given her funds when she had refused so many people – this seemed to be a point that should have been addressed as it enabled her agency to survive longer.

I liked how the story went between the different characters thoughts – this way of looking at interactions and occasions gives, when written well, an extra dimension to the story.

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Starting the Burn

Ignite You: A Second Chance Mafia Romance Book Cover Ignite You: A Second Chance Mafia Romance
(Cole Brothers Series, #1)
Diana A. Hicks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Hicks Media Group, Inc. (2 Nov. 2019)
Publication date: November 1st 2019

Dom Moretti.
Former mafia hitman.
God’s gift to women.
Brilliant lawyer.

Those were just a few reasons why I hated Dom in law school.

Tonight…

I hate his panty-melting stare, his wicked smile, and that loose-hip stride of his.
I hate the way his biceps stretch the sleeves of his tailored suit.
I hate that after two years, I can’t stop thinking about the almost kiss in the library.

So when he sits at my bar, acting like he doesn’t remember me, I do what any woman would’ve done in my position.

I agree to a midnight hookup with the great Dom Moretti.

Ignite You is a steamy, slow-burn mafia romance that can be read as a standalone. It is book one in the Cole Brothers series. Previously released as Love Over Logic

I have read this book now twice but I still found it less interesting than the rest of the series.

I think it is because of the scene setting that is done for the Cole Brothers and their backgrounds.

For me, Diana Hicks is one of those authors whose writing gets better the further into a series she goes.

And also, I guess, Mafia Doms are not in my ‘hit’ list!

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Ruby not so red and shiny

Ruby Book Cover Ruby
Ladies of the Night #2
By Taylor Lee
women's adventure fiction. erotic
kindle

Ladies of the Night is “USA Today best-selling author Taylor Lee’s provocative new series. The Ladies are covert agents in a secretive, off the grid security organization. Highly trained fighters, they’re as gorgeous as they are dangerous to the evil men they’re hired to bring to justice. The only thing these formidable women are NOT is “ladies.”

Praise for The Ladies of the Night OMNIBUS Collection…

"Taylor Lee never disappoints! These books are sizzling hot and keep you guessing at every turn. The sexiest special operatives ever!J. John
“Spellbinding international thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat. Pulse pounding action and steamy romance. A cast of unforgettable characters that will capture your heart.” Action Junkie

WARNING: Romance so HOT it singes the pages. HOT, tough, explicit. Not for the faint at heart.

The Ladies of the Night OMNIBUS Collection includes:

“Sapphire”… Book 1: Sapphire is hired to seduce and capture the leader of a lucrative international human trafficking enterprise. The only thing more challenging than the villain to the fiercely independent Sapphire is her commanding partner.

Ruby”…Book 2: Ruby is a diminutive, red-headed vixen. But don’t let her size fool you. The fierce firebrand is as accomplished with a knife and Glock 19 as she is bringing men to their feet with her womanly wiles.

“Topaz”…Book 3: Topaz is a mixed-race Zoe Saldana look-a-like. As mysterious as her heritage, a hideous incident in Topaz’s troubled past gives her a dangerous connection to the international Cartel leader at the top of the DEA’s most wanted list
“Diamond”…Book 4: Diamond founded Ladies of the Night after she was fired by the third off the grid security firm for not being a “team player”. In a deadly mix of murder, lust and politics, Diamond finds herself faced with losing her company or her heart—or both.
Love Kaylea Cross's heart pounding romantic mystery thrillers? Sylvia Day’s and Maya Banks red hot sexy heroes, feisty heroines and high adrenaline action? Fern Michael’s compelling characters? Grab Ladies of the Night and prepare to be addicted.

The 2nd Ladies of the Night operative – actually the first recruited but 2nd book. With red hair, hence the nickname for the group.

And 5 foot 8 inches is not tall for a woman, only slightly above average height – if 5 foot 6 is ideal then…

This story was reading quite well until suddenly, just like the last 5 minutes of every TV cop programme with just a 45 min (ex adverts slot), the villain is unmasked and all is settled . just like that. No real climax .

So 3 stars for the author not knowing how to end the story, and not really dealing with the romance properly. It would have benefitted from being written from Noah’s point of view occasionally as so many stories are told now.

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What happens at Winter’s height

Solstice Surrender
Short Paranormals Series #1
Tracy Cooper-Posey
fantasy, erotic, romance, witch
Tracy Cooper-Posey
(14 Oct. 2012)

A man of mysterious powers. A woman who fights her destiny. On mid-winter’s eve she must decide. When her SIA partner and lover is killed on assignment, Jenna hides away in Banff, Canada for the Christmas season to lick her wounds in private. When she forces a rude stranger to dump coffee in his own lap just by thinking about it, Jenna is tipped into a shadowy world hidden to most humans. Rhys Cellyn knows that dangerous, powerful world intimately. He helps Jenna avoid the many enemies who now want her for her fast-developing powers, while Jenna struggles to accept the truth about her true fate, her growing feelings for Rhys and their twined destinies. Time is against her, for she must make a choice and the future of the world is at stake…if she can only keep Rhys and herself alive until the moment of the winter solstice. ___________ Solstice Surrender was first published as a novella included in the Winter Warriors anthology, then re-released in December 2009 by Ellora’s Cave as a ebook-only single title novella. It has now been extended and re-edited, and repackaged with new front and end matter, and re-released as the Author’s Edition. The additional text has lengthened the story enough to also allow a print edition to be released. Warning: This book is an erotic paranormal romance. It contains frequent graphic sexual scenes and sexual language. Do not proceed if sexy heroes receiving their due reward offends you. Lots of bad guys were harmed during the making of this novel.

A short story or novella with an a witch coming into her power unexpectedly and rather late in life.

To be saved by the proverbial hero and fated mate, who is also hunky etc etc.

A fantasy story with goodies and baddies and…

The winter solstice occurs in December, and in the northern hemisphere the date marks the 24-hour period with the fewest daylight hours of the year. That is why it is known as the shortest day of the year, or the longest night of the year.

The term ‘solstice’ derives from the Latin word ‘solstitium’, meaning ‘Sun standing still’. On this day the Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction as it reaches its southernmost position as seen from the Earth.

Pagan and druid communities, celebrate the first sunrise after the astronomical event and the winter solstice festival Saturnalia began on December 17 and lasted for seven days in Ancient Rome.

These Saturnalian banquets were held from as far back as around 217 BCE to honour Saturn, the father of the gods.

See also:

Yalda or Shab-e Chelleh (‘night of forty’) which is an Iranian festival celebrated on the “longest and darkest night of the year,” i.e. the night of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter solstice.

Every year, on the date of the Winter solstice, Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter, the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness on Yalda Night.

Ancient Iranians believed that the dawning of each year is marked with the re-emergence or rebirth of the sun, an event which falls on the first day of the month of Dey in the Iranian calendar (December 21).

On this day, the sun was salvaged from the claws of the devil, which is represented by darkness, and gradually spread its rays all over the world to symbolise the triumph of good over evil. 

And then there is:

The Feast of Juul (where we get the term ‘Yule’ from at this time of year) was a pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia at the time of the December solstice.

People would light fires to symbolise the heat and light of the returning sun and a Juul (or Yule) log was brought in and dropped in the hearth as a tribute the Norse god Thor.

So basically, a time for celebration for the returning of the light from the dark and good from evil in many cultures and thus a symbolic time for this storyline.

A fairly normal storyline but nicely done and easy to read, with some extra elements.

Author Bio

I have been writing and publishing romances since 1999 when I sold my first two books in the same week (after six years of flogging my work to editors who didn’t recognize the staggering genius within).  Many of the books I’ve released so far have been romantic suspense.  I’ve also squeezed in the odd contemporary and historical romance or two.  I also write erotic paranormal and erotic urban fantasy romances. Just lately, I’ve been trying my hand at my very favorite — science fiction romance.

On March 8, 2011, I went indie.  After thirty-five novels published with legacy publishers, I turned to self-publishing, and released the paranormal/urban fantasy romance, Blood Knot.

In the future, I will write a lot more science fiction romances, as well as paranormal romances and urban fantasy romances, and quite a few more romantic suspense novels. I really hope you’ll come along for the ride.


If you like audio and/or video documentaries, then you may like to listen to the podcasts I have been interviewed for.  They are mostly writing related, but I do spend some time in each of them talking about me and my writing…and you get to see/hear what I look/sound like.  🙂  

Click here for a list of podcasts.


When I tell people I’ve been writing since I was 14 they tend to look at me a little oddly, but it’s quite true. I fell in love with Harrison Ford and Star Wars at the exact same moment, and wrote the unofficial sequel in the following year. Of course, I had Han Solo and Leia falling in love long before the sequel came along, and in much more satisfying fashion than George Lucas ever managed.

What I didn’t realize at the time, and not for another twenty years or so, was that I had been writing fanfic, possibly the first of its kind.

On a completely off-topic side-note, I used to lie awake at night, listening to the Star Wars soundtrack on my record player, and re-playing the movie in my head, fantasizing about how wonderful it would be to somehow be able to play the movie at home, whenever I wanted. Eight years later I saw my first Beta cassette player. It was the size of a small suitcase and weighed 45 pounds. A few years after that I got to buy my first VHS movie – Star Wars. That was a reflective moment in my life.

However, while things have clearly changed over the years since my first bad attempt at getting a hero and heroine together on paper, two things have not. I’m still writing romances, and I’m still throwing my hero and heroine through a fair imitation of hell while they’re sorting their feelings for each other out — the essence of romantic suspense.

But hey, here’s the boring stuff:  I’m Australian, although I live in Canada. I still have the accent, although I’ve been here almost two decades now. And I still have trouble remembering it’s a hood, not a bonnet and stuff like that — you’d be amazed how hard-wired culture really is. It calcifies internally, I think. But the mountains here are stupendous, so I think I’ll stick around. Besides, my husband is kinda cute. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention? I met him on the Internet back when it was a few HTML pages and a couple of bulletin boards or two, and me and the kids (three of us) packed up and moved here.

The kids are no longer really kids any more. They’re both taller than me now, but I didn’t say that aloud, okay? I’d still like them to think I’m the boss for a while longer, at least.

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Aimee tells some heart secrets

Steal My Heart Book Cover Steal My Heart
Aimee O'Brian
contemporary fiction, romance, erotic
C
(5 Aug. 2019)

When a fantasy turns into a cold reality

Lexanne Harris had a plan down to the last sexy detail. Never did she think her attempt to spice up her love life with her boyfriend would involve her in a burglary with a sexier than sin thief whose emerald eyes and serious between the sheets skills are impossible to forget. As a police detective she is expected to stand on the side of the law and fight for justice. But what happens when the lines of justice blur and what’s wrong becomes way too tempting?

The situation might be challenging but Lexanne is determined to get assigned to the case, recover the jewels and catch the culprit.

The question is: What will she do with her sexy cat burglar when she catches him?

Aimee O’Brian, author of Steal My Heart, a hot, contemporary romance with elements of mystery and suspense

  1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

Steal My Heart has been percolating in the back of my mind for years. What might happen when a woman plans to act out her sex-with-a-cat-burglar fantasy with her new boyfriend? What if her plans were to go awry in a deliciously naughty way? I never thought I’d be brazen enough to write this novel, but the boldness of my protagonist drew me in. I’ve always had a strong first-person voice and decided to showcase that by writing a hot, fast-paced, contemporary romance with a heroine who knows what she wants, isn’t afraid to admit it and is willing—at least to herself—to own her mistakes. 

  • How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?

I don’t know how many times I’ve been rejected, but it’s a lot, so I choose not to count them. Those rejections taught me to be a better writer and to have a tough skin.  I started seriously writing in 2011 and joined Romance Writers of America a year later.  That’s where I really learned my craft and made the contacts I needed to begin submitting. I went from form rejections, to the occasional encouraging note, to personalized feedback. Overall the agents and editors who rejected my work were generous in their comments, and it made at tremendous difference.   I finished four novels over eight years—not counting partial and abandoned manuscripts. Steal My Heart is my fourth completed novel and the first to be published.

  • Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?

Knowing I needed affirmation that my work was ready for publication, I chose not to self-publish. Each rejection was the impetus I needed to get better.  Entering contests also provided valuable feedback.  I never ruled out self-publishing, but I didn’t want to put my work out there before it was ready. Once accepted, this book went through three rounds of edits: developmental, copy-editing and proofreading. I’m grateful for the expertise of my publisher and editors, who not only made the story better and me a better writer, but caught mistakes I missed. One such mistake was assuming the signature of an artist I referenced was legible. The copywriter of her own initiative looked up the signature and let me know that my characters wouldn’t be able to read it off a painting. This required I rewrite the dialogue in that scene for accuracy. So to the writer considering self-publishing, I’d advise investing in professional editing. I know my book is much improved because of it.

  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?

When I’m ill and don’t want to think too hard but want immediate gratification and distraction, I go straight for smart, sassy heroines in pretty dresses.  For me, this usually translates into a historical romance.

  • What is your favourite genre?

I read primarily romance. It’s what I want to write, so I immerse myself in all its subgenres: contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, and paranormal. I enjoy its many heat levels, everything from sweet to hot.  I’ve been known to veer off into science fiction and mystery, but still crave that happily ever after. 

  • What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?

I love perusing my college papers. I was so smart. Sometimes I wonder at the vocabulary I used. I was quite the literary writer. But the ability to write a superlative essay does not translate to commercial fiction. I was quite stunned at how difficult it was to write a romance. Romance writers make it look easy. The easier a story is to read, the harder it is to write.  What did translate from school was the drive to write well.  University classes taught me to work hard and to work on deadline.

  • Do you have an unusual hobby?

I don’t how unusual it is, but I love visiting museums. I can get lost, literally, in a museum for hours. I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and had to leave after three hours. It was heart-breaking. I could’ve spent days there.

I also really like being on the water. Every time I go on vacation, I find myself on a boat. I love harbor cruises and ferry rides. And windy days on the water are the best!

My website http://www.aimeeobrian.com/ is a testament to both of these activities.

Having lived in both California and Texas, Aimee O’Brian now resides in the beautiful wine country. With her three children grown and experiencing their own adventures, she and her husband are free to explore the world. When she’s not reading, writing, or planting even more perennials in her garden, she can be found stomping through ancient ruins and getting lost in museums.

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