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MATING THEORY by Skye Warren

GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RELATIONSHIPS!!! MATING THEORY is both deliciously dirty and fabulously forbidden. Warren creates flawed and loveable characters with Sutton and Ashleigh.

 

Mating Theory by Skye Warren

Release Date: March 17, 2020

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GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RELATIONSHIPS!!!

MATING THEORY is both deliciously dirty and fabulously forbidden. Warren creates flawed and loveable characters with Sutton and Ashleigh. Sutton is older so there is an age gap with angst and sexy moments. Ashleigh is caught in a difficult situation with no easy answers. Good riddance to his bad relationship with Christopher and Harper.

Sutton is both selfish and selfless. His decision toward the end is a complete surprise and I love him more. In Mating Theory, Sutton’s relationship with Christopher and Harper is still complicated. And I’m glad he decided not to give into the temptation at their wedding. By the way, I still don’t like Christopher with Harper. Yes, I’m still bitter about it. See Christopher and Harper’s review here > The Trust Fund Duet

Get ready for a beautiful rollercoaster ride!!!

 

Mating Theory: A Trust Fund Standalone Novel by New York Times bestselling author, Skye Warren.

Billionaire Sutton Mayfair has nothing left to lose…

My best friend is getting married to the woman I love. They say the nice guy finishes last. So what’s the point of being a goddamn gentleman?

Maybe I should take what I want.

Even that sexy little thing on the street corner.

She needs a hot meal and a place to sleep. Instead I’m taking her home to soothe the savage beast inside me. I was born a bastard, and for the first time in my life I act like one.

Except the more I use her, the more I need her.

I didn’t know I had someone left to lose.

But for a single heartbeat, I had her.

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“Which one broke your heart?”

I couldn’t describe the sledgehammer I’d taken to the brain when I met Christopher in a dimly lit private club. Too dark to be called lust or even love. Competitive and all-consuming. I couldn’t describe the desire that slammed through me when I met his stepsister.

There was no way I could choose between them, but it had not been a choice. They wanted each other. Electricity crackled in the air whenever they were in the same room.

Well, I could be happy for them.

That’s what a good man would do. A gentleman, and I’ve worked so fucking hard to pretend that’s what I am. Until the liquor stripped my skin away. Until this girl sat beside me, asking which one broke my heart. She watches me with clear eyes, her gaze impossibly wise. What does she see?

“Both of them.”

A sympathetic sound that feels like a stroke to my cock.

She doesn’t look shocked that I fell for a man, even though it shocked the hell out of me. I questioned my sexuality, fought with it—lost myself to it. Wanting Harper did not diminish wanting Christopher.

There’s something worldly in that dark gaze. Any other day I would find out what.

Tonight, I don’t care. She isn’t a person with wants and dreams and needs of her own. I’m going to use her body the same way they used mine. I’m going to take what they took from me.

“Your name,” I say, though it doesn’t really matter.

“Ashleigh.” She sounds uncertain for the first time tonight, her name drawn out into two parts. Ash, like the soot in a fireplace. And leigh, leigh, leigh. She’s beautiful, and I’m wasted.

“Come here, Ashleigh.” Except I don’t give her a chance to come here. She might use it to leave, to disappear down that metal staircase where I can’t follow.

My hand wraps behind her neck, pulling her close. My lips are harsh against hers, hungry and hard. I want to punish her for the emptiness inside me, except when she makes a little sound of fright, it fills me up with something else. Pleasure like black velvet, the kind of darkness I want to stroke my fingers over, back and forth, to feel the fibers pull against me.

Her shuddery breaths are like water, and I drink and drink. My tongue slides against hers. It’s a graphic act, this kiss. More obscene than actual sex could be. More invasive as I push her head back and explore her mouth, not waiting for permission, not leaving any place untouched.

I must taste like whiskey, but she doesn’t pull away.

I’m the one who breaks the kiss, panting hard. Liquid dark eyes stare up at me.

Surprise. More than that. There’s outright shock in her expression. Is she younger than I thought? More innocent than anyone I ever met? I should ask her about sex, but those aren’t the words that come out of my mouth. “Have you ever been in love, Ashleigh?”

A slow shake of her head. “No,” she whispers.

“Good. That’s good.”

“I can pretend.”

“What?”

“For a hundred dollars.”

There’s a drum in my head, pounding, pounding, telling me I’ve got something wrong. Really wrong. “A hundred dollars,” I repeat, wishing my veins weren’t running hot with liquor.

“For an hour. I know how much that suit costs. You can afford it.”

I pull back, moving careful so I don’t tip over. “What are you talking about?”

A cool breeze skates over us, and she shivers. I want to comfort her, but that’s not what this is about. A fast fuck on an abandoned rooftop while the sounds of a massive block party bounce off the buildings around us. And a hundred dollars, apparently. Jesus. I was about to fuck a prostitute.

What’s worse is that I still want to do it. More, because I know she’ll let me do anything.

For a price.

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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MEET YOUR NEXT BOOK BOYFRIEND: Mr. Beautiful #YourNextBBF

Good Morning. Welcome Aboard. YOUR NEXT BOOK BOYFRIEND STARTS HERE with Mr. Beautiful aka James Cavendish, dominant billionaire hotel mogul. Thank you Amy at Foxy Blogs for having me on the awesome tour.

YOUR NEXT BFF

GOOD MORNING. WELCOME ABOARD
LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT BOOK BOYFRIEND?
HERE HE IS! James Cavendish, billionaire dominant hotel mogul.

In case you didn’t know this my blog, Mile High KINK Book Club, was conceived from my love of Fifty Shades of Grey. There is something about sexy, clingy and co-dependent billionaires. I can’t get enough of them. Once I finished the series, I really wanted to move on to read other tropes. However, I just could not. It stuck with me like 4Ever

Thank goodness for Goodreads. I went on the prowl searching for books to read after 50 shades. Hell, there is even a support group for it. I stumble upon the Crossfire series with Gideon and Eva. And just when thought I wouldn’t cheat on my “Fifty” I fell in love with Gideon. And when you fall into his indulgence, you can’t help but come out smoking a cigarette and drinking whisky shots. Oh, thank you Ms. Sylvia Day. Gideon is mine. I’m just letting Eva borrow him for a while.
Now, we come to the reason why I am rambling on and on about my Billionaire Alpha Dominants. So, you caught me cheating on Christian with Gideon. I know what a bad girl I must be. Buy hey, two is always better than one. I like my odds in this beautiful life. However, a trifecta must be the Fort Knox.

In walks, Mr. Beautiful. Let me introduce you to Mr. James Cavendish. You see, I am a sassy stew that fly the friendly skies. Therefore, you can understand why my heart aches for this series. If I could afford my addiction for this series, I would put copies of this book in every seat back pocket on every plane. There is never a coworker who does not know about Mr. Beautiful and by the end of our trip, they have purchased book #1 – In Flight.
The author, R. K. Lilley, is my hero. The way she weaved the story was like a playbook of my life at work. It starts from the time I wake up at home, get dress, report for duty and drive back home 3 days later. I can relate to crew hotels, drinking as much as I can within 12 hours of duty, sshh don’t tell or gym workouts at the hotel and replacing shabby watches.

 

Mr Beautiful

What I can’t relate to is Mr. Beautiful. I love him, but its. so. not. my. life. But that’s what make him so special.  This dude has his own private jet and chooses to fly commercial between LAS – JFK in 2D. Wait a minute, he purchases both seats so no one sits next to him. He is like a lion waiting for his chance to get Bianca along for a minute. He wants her to stay at his penthouse when she overnights in New York City. Don’t worry, she want need her bags. Everthing is provided for her. He even takes care of her best friend Stephan. I don’t know about you but if you look out for my brother, its easy to say “Yes, sir Mr. Cavendish.”

James indulges every part of Bianca’s life. Anything she casual mentions around him, suddenly falls into her hands. For example, Stephan and she wanted to grocery shop. So, in James fashion, he tags along in his limo while they make their respective errands. And what does James do in the car while Bianca inside shopping? Paying for everything including Stephan’s purchases. That’s just one of the beautiful Cinderella moments. My favorite of favorites is the matching clothes. If Bianca chooses a turquoise shirt and tie for him, he chooses turquoise wedges (her favorite type of shoe) for her. He ensures all toiletries and cosmetics Bianca uses are available in every house he owns. But oohhhh can a girl dream. Or in this case, live through the eyes of Bianca. Hey, Bianca, if you ever need a new best friend while Stephan is busy doing whatever and who – call me …. I will work a red eye with you any day of the week. Just make sure James Cavendish is seating in 2D.

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So, when I think about my favorite Dominate Billionaire Book Boyfriends, Mr. James Cavendish must top my list. Come on, what did you expect. Of course, I won’t tell the others he’s my favorite. We can all hang out together and let each of them think they are Number #1. No harm. No foul.  To understand my madness about this book, now is a great time to start the series. The Only Carry on You Will Need Is Inflight, Mile High and Grounded.
When I say it’s a must read, it’s a must read. Once you finish the series, drop me a line and tell me if you think I am crazy to move him to the Number 1 spot. No matter what, I will always stand by man ~ Mr. Cavendish behind closed doors and between the sheets.

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Netgalley Review | BLAME IT ON THE BILLIONAIRE by Naima Simone

Billionaire Romance | You will enjoy reading about the Nadia’s Cinderella love story, The writing is beautiful, romantic and steamy hot. In closing, Blame It on The Billionaire is a spark fanned into a flame!

 

Oh yes and yes and yes!! Billionaire Romance is my catnip and this story was hands down everything I love about the trope. Add some one-night sexual heat with a plus size heroine and you have the ingredients for the perfect romantic dish.

Say hello to Grayson Chandler, uber rich by birth and the latest tech titan who struggles with his family as the spare heir to the Chandler dynasty. Grayson finds a connection with sexy, caring Nadia Jordan during a blackout. Its obvious Grayson’s character is the perfect wounded hero with a touch of tenderness.
Nadia Jordan, a plus-size heroine (size 16), is proof your past struggles do not determine and shape your future. She is a free spirit who cares deeply for her brother and his wellbeing even at the expense of her own. Together, the two of them are as opposites as they are irresistible together.
Blame It on The Billionaire is the third book in the Blackout Billionaire Series from Naima Simone, the others of which – Black Tie Billionaire & The Billionaire’s Bargain. This is however a standalone title, and it’s not necessary to have read the previous books in order to fully enjoy this romance story.
Gideon Knight, the hero of Black-Tie Billionaire, is the business partner of Grayson Chandler. You will enjoy reading about the Nadia’s Cinderella love story and you will love revisiting old friends from the previous book.
The writing is beautiful, romantic and steamy hot. In closing, Blame It on The Billionaire is a spark fanned into a flame!

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A dramatic chemistry-filled contemporary romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone.

She fell into his arms… now she’s falling for his trap.
Will a blackout change everything for these unlikely lovers?

It was a night filled with secrets, lies…and soul-stealing passion. And now the blackout that turned lowly executive assistant Nadia Jordan and start-up billionaire Grayson Chandler into insatiable lovers leads to a proposal Nadia can’t refuse. As she steps into Grayson’s privileged Chicago world, will his matchmaking mother and vengeful ex destroy her dreams? Or will her fake fiancé make those dreams a reality?

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Netgalley Review | A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR by Helena Hunting

Review | Stevie’s bad day is my best day ever!!! Stevie and Bishop know everything about hockey and nothing about falling in love. When the off the ice secret takes a turn to seduction it creates a huge interference between Stevie and Seattle’s NHL hockey team.

 

Stevie’s bad day is my best day ever!!!! 
There is more to playboy Bishop Winslow than meets the eye. Despite his reputation, he’s on a mission to become the best player on Seattle’s NHL team and he must defend his spot on the team with the Captain, Rook Bowman, who he hates and vice versa. Suffice to say, there is no love lost between these two.
Stevie may have dreamed of a new life and new career with her boyfriend, but never of being without a place to live because she caught her ex-boyfriend cheating.
She refuses to ride on the shirt tales of her superstar NHL brother, but she does accept his help with housing and meets the bane of her existence – Bishop.
Bishop and Stevie are like oil and water. They do not mix. But Stevie offering her help in his rehabilitation becomes a win-win situation for them both. She gets a high-profile client without big brother’s influence, and he gets the opportunity to skate back on the ice sooner rather than later. He hoped her help would save him but working with Stevie will be hard. Especially because of the full-blown attraction and the last thing he wants to do is hurt Stevie and his chances of being on the hockey team.
I love Stevie’s character. She was strong and determined. Bishop was more like a kid playing grown up. But this boxer shorts made great dialogue and became a character of its own. Speaking of dialogue, it was witty and laugh out loud. Bishop and Stevie first meeting was hilarious and worthy of all romantic comedy accolades. I read this book over a 4-day time span. Every night I was craving to finish all my adulting so I can snuggle in with more Bishop and Stevie. Many times, throughout the story, I wanted to slap Bishop on the back of his head. He just didn’t get it sometimes.
A Favor for A Favor is the second book in the new hockey romance series from Helena Hunting, the first of which – A Lie for A Lie. This is however a standalone title, and its not necessary to have read the first book in order to fully enjoy the second.
Rook Bowman, the hero of Lie for A Lie, is the brother of Stevie Bowman and the current Captain of Seattle’s NHL team. Both Rook (RJ) and his wife appear in this book. You will enjoy reading about the dire predicament Stevie finds herself as RJ’s baby sister and you will love revisiting old friends from the previous book.
A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR is filled with heart and humor about two people finding their way home with each other. Stevie and Bishop know everything about hockey and nothing about falling in love. When the off the ice secret takes a turn to seduction it creates a huge interference between Stevie and Seattle’s NHL hockey team.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and A Lie for a Lie, a new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love.
When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her?
Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister.
So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.

 

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THE STOPOVER by T.L. Swan

5 Kink Review | OMG!! It was steamy, sexy and freakin’ hot!!!! A one-night stand leads to romance filled with major turbulence. Make sure your seat belt is fastened and enjoy this flight. The perfect MILE HIGH KINK BOOK CLUB read with great characters and lots of hot, steamy, naughty sex. The Stop Over is sure to satisfy.

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REDESIGNING HAPPINESS by Nita Brooks @authornitab

Review and Giveaway Inside | Redesigning Happiness is a breathtaking story about first love, second chances, and seeking true happiness

I’m not going to lie. When I saw this cover at 2019 RWA, I honestly thought it was a coffee table book with pictures. Duh, now I know its not. Don’t get me wrong, I still wanted to have it.
I say this for two reasons:
1. I will purchase a book based on the book cover alone.
2. Sometimes, I may or may not read the blurb.

Now, lets get to the real deal: THE REVIEW

Redesigning Happiness is a breathtaking story about first love, second chances, and seeking true happiness. Nita Brooks delivered a knockout debut story. My wine down reading in the evenings was well worth it. It’s a romance sparked with more plot punches (pun intended) to keep the reader saying …” wait a minute, what!”
Yvonne Cable is a single mom raising a 6-year-old precocious son name Jacob in Atlanta, Georgia. A successful interior designer, Yvonne Cable Design, creates perfection for her clients and want to expand her brand and become the most sought-after designer nationwide. Plus, she is engaged to Nathan Lange, a sexy home improvement television star.
Between Yvonne’s designs and Nathan’s sexy contractor image, they are destined to be media’s new power couple in home improvement (think HGTV) Now the one person who abandoned her, returns in her life and brings back memories of what might have been.

Richard Barrington III arrives in town with a life changing media contract. Not to mention, he is full of guilt about the way he ended his relationship with Yvonne. He is determined to set things right with her, but first he needs to gain her trust. And Nathan, the fiancée, is convinced he does not deserve. Yes, we have a love triangle people. But wait a minute, its an elegant love triangle (yes, there is a thing). I know what you were thinking. Good ahead and tell me. I’ll wait…

OK! As Yvonne and Richard navigate their parental roles between each other, their deepest desires become more and more impossible to deny what’s always been between them. Plus, Yvonne’s childhood sense of abandonment doesn’t help the situation.

The storytelling is smooth and riveting. The banter and dialogue with her mom and sister are on point. It made me feel like I was sitting at my mom’s kitchen table justifying my life choices over her objections.

“Sex! That’s exactly what she needed. …Sex of the hot, sweat-out-my-perm, can’t-breathe-or-sit-down, rock-my-world variety.”

This story made me feel like home. It was about a successful African American single woman living her best life. It was without cultural stereotypes. It did not have the clique ending I was expecting. As a matter of fact, the twists will make you say “Oh my gawd, really”

I have always wanted to read stories by authors who look like me creating characters you can plug any race or nationality into, and it would remain amazing and mainstream. My book besties and I are always talking about “can I get a Christian Grey or a Gideon Cross in a gorgeous African American character.” Nita Brooks gave me my tall, dark and handsome Gideon Cross in the body of Denzel Washington.
A wonderful cast of characters.
Sexy to die for Hero.
A fabulous treat for romance readers.
Do yourself a favor – read this book!

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Witty, sharply-observed, and warmly wise, Nita Brooks’ debut novel tells the heartfelt story of a suddenly successful single mother who finds her perfectly-designed, fame-bound life upended by a surprise from the past . . .

It wasn’t easy for Yvonne Cable to get over a heartbreaking relationship and revamp her life. But now the once-broke single mom is Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designer—and one-half of the media’s hottest power couple. She and her celebrity fiancé, Nathan, are a perfect, practical match, on—and off—camera. And with their new home improvement reality show the object of a fierce network bidding war, there’s no limit to how far they can go . . .

 

About the Author
A reading addict, self-professed connoisseur of home improvement shows, and a collector of teapots, Nita Brooks resides in South Carolina with her family. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter at @AuthorNitaB.

 

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Review: Leonid McGill is back in TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO

Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back — and investigating crimes against society’s most downtrodden — in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist.

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Trouble Is What I Do (#6 Leonid McGill Series)
By Walter Mosley

I’m new to Walter Mosley’s mysteries. So, let me explain how this smooth, polished black man in a fedora caught my eye. If the gorgeous cover wasn’t enough, toss in an attention-grabbing title, you can only say INSTAGRAM MADE ME DO IT.

The latest installment is utterly absorbing. He’s a middle-aged ex-boxer and former career criminal. He is the kind of guy you must keep an eye out for. As describe by one of the many colorful characters:

“This man you’re walking up on is Leonid McGill. He’ll break half the bones in your body for business and the other half for fun.”

It’s very hard to review without quoting so much excellent dialogue. There are too many to highlight. The wisecracking banter is some of the best I have read.

“ Back then there was no such word as innocence in my lexicon. An innocent man or woman was simply the lucky one found not guilty, or better, never even charged.”

Leonid living in New York City is the perfect backdrop. The detailed streets of NYC are an excellent secondary character. Leonid moves from the Upper East Side, Financial District and Harlem as if he’s your personal tour guide. He’s also deals in favors with some of the most notorious gangsters. Therefore, if you want a job done you go to Leonid. He’s connected , feared and revered among the criminal underground.

“…maybe you’re not fully aware of my standing in our community. If I say I need to talk to somebody, then they need to talk to me.”

92-year-old Catfish Worry from Mississippi hired Leonid to deliver a letter to a billionaire heiress before she gets married to explain her family’s Black heritage roots. Racial identity played a significant character in Trouble Is What I Do. We see how the dangers and fears of passing as white create consequences for Charles and Justine Sternman.

The job is a piece of cake, right? Simply delivery a letter. There are, however, chaotic forces at play to prevent him from completing such an easy task. Along the way, her billionaire father is trying to kill him, his colleagues and Catfish, the client who hired him.

Now that I have found the joys of Leonid McGill, my mission is to tackle the previous books. Colorful characters. Outstanding dialogue. Page turning storytelling.  Publishers list the book at 176 pages.

Mile High KINK Book Club highly recommends for your travel plans.  Copy gifted via Netgalley for review purposes.

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“Excuse me, miss,” I called to the waitress.
“Yeah?” She was entering her forties and lovely at that age. Brown hair dyed blond and eyes the color of blue steel. I believed that she was probably the kind of woman to stand by you when the chips were down.
Funny the things one pays attention to when death is hovering nearby.
“Can I get a cup of coffee?” I asked her.
“Oh. Sure. Milk and sugar?”
“Black,” I said, and she gave me a half smile that went deeper than a laugh.
“You better have some sugar,” a short thug remarked. He had skin the color of ivory from a fresh poacher’s kill and wore a square-cut blue shirt with lacquer-brown pants.
“Why’s that?” I asked, as close to ingenuous as I could manage.
The waitress had moved behind the counter to fill my order.
“Because you should have something sweet for your last meal,” the thug replied.
“I kill you first,” I stated.
He moved his shoulder in such a way that alarmed the tall, skinny guy enough that he put a hand on the short man’s shoulder.
The waitress walked up then with a big white mug filled with steaming black coffee.
“What’s your name?” I asked her.
Those blue eyes shone like headlights upon the perpetual darkness of her life.
“You don’t give a shit, do you, mister?”
“I tried to but nobody seems to want it.”
She laughed and said, “Sheila. Sheila Normandy.”
“Leonid McGill. I’m in the book.”
“Me too.”
At that moment the fat man called True returned. Behind him, about ten feet away at the counter, stood Patrice.
“Who the fuck are you, brother?” True asked. He was standing over me.
“Have a seat,” I offered.
He gave me a hard stare but then relented. He took the chair that Patrice had abandoned. Putting both elbows on the table, True laced his fat fingers under tented thumbs.
“Okay,” he said. “Now what’s this shit about Ernie Eckles?”
“Somebody decided that your boy Patrice looked good for the theft of six tons of product from Underman. This somebody told Underman that Patrice was the mastermind. Underman told Eckles.”
True was not happy. His mouth twisted from a foul taste.
“When?” he asked.
“When did he tell Ernie? Monday afternoon, as close as I can figure.”
“He’ll be on him tonight.”
“Quite likely.”
“What’s that got to do with you?” True asked.
“I’ve been retained by an anonymous client to protect Patrice if I can.”
“Paid by who?”
“I said retained, not paid. And anonymous means I don’t say.”
True would have liked to stomp me with the hardest shoes in his closet. He’d’ve been happy to see me in the ground. That’s the kind of response imminent death has on men who live by intimidation.
We studied each other’s eyes until the fat man accepted the fact that he was in over his depth.
“You know Eckles?”
“I know what they say he can do.”
“And you still took the job?”
“You should hear what they say about me.”

 

 

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Morally ambiguous P.I. Leonid McGill is back — and investigating crimes against society’s most downtrodden — in this installment of the beloved detective series from an Edgar Award-winning and bestselling crime novelist.

Leonid McGill’s spent a lifetime building up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip Worry comes knocking.

Phillip “Catfish” Worry is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid’s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. Unsurprisingly, the opportunity to do a simple favor while shocking the prevailing elite is too much for Leonid to resist.

But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family’s secret.

Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth — no matter the cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour | Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis

We are excited to share Jill Shalvis latest release Almost Just Friends. Check out our exclusive excerpt and grab your copy today

Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.

When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.

Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.

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​The last time a woman had ordered Cam to strip had been a very different scene altogether, and it’d been a while. Generally speaking, he liked to be behind the wheel in most situations, but he’d never had any complaints about a woman driving in his bed. “Interesting bedside manner.”

​“Okay,” she said. “How about strip, please.”

​He laughed, and he realized that until tonight, it’d been a damn long time for that too. “Well, since you asked so nicely . . .” But still he hesitated.

​“Trust me, I’ve seen it all before.”

​He pulled off his shirt, wincing when the cotton stuck to the deepest slice across his chest.

​Piper blinked, and for the first time all night, appeared short of words.

​It was pretty damn cute, especially with the mud on her nose. “Thought you’ve seen it all before.” She bit her lower lip, eyes suddenly hooded, and he couldn’t resist teasing her. “So, how do I stack up?”

​That got her, and she rolled her eyes. “Like you don’t know. Sit.”

​The couch seemed too . . . personal, so he sat on her coffee table. She dropped to her knees at his side and doctored up first the cut on his left palm from where he’d nicked himself in his dad’s kitchen, and then the two slices on his left biceps, and then the biggest one across his chest, during which time he did his best to ignore the feel of her soft breath on his skin and failed.

​When she’d finished, she looked down at his cargoes and saw the blood seeping through from his thigh. Rising to her feet, she stepped back, gesturing for him to lose the pants too.

​“Seriously,” he said. “Doesn’t even have to be dinner. An appetizer would work.”

​“If you’re real good, I’ll give you a sticker.”

​“How about letting me look at your secret secret bucket list instead?”

​Her eyes narrowed. “How about we stop talking now?”

​“Wait.” He cocked his head. “Does this mean you also have a secret bucket list? And possibly a not-so- secret bucket list?” 

​She had hands on hips; a fresh, clean gauze in one hand, antibiotic ointment in the other, her expression dialed to Not Feeling Playful.

​With a rough laugh, he stood and took the gauze and ointment from her. “I got this one, Doc.” And then he gestured for her to turn around.

​She did with a smirk, and then spoke over her shoulder. “Didn’t peg you for the shy type.”

​“Oh, I’m not shy.” He shoved his icy, muddy, wet cargoes to his thighs, and yeah, the cat had come within two inches of de-manning him. “Just didn’t want to have to fight you off.”

​“Don’t worry,” she said. “I always get verbal consent first. And I bet you didn’t want me to see your tighty-whities.”

​He gritted his teeth as he cleaned out the cut. Son of a bitch, that cat had gone deep. “They’re not tight and they’re not white.”

​“Batman undies?”

​“Commando,” he said, and that shut her up. When he’d finished and pulled his pants back up, he lifted his head and found her facing him. His brows went up. “See anything you like?”

​Instead of answering, she blushed. And he grinned because, yeah. She’d definitely seen something she liked.

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