Friday, November 17, 2017


Mr. North by Callie Hart
Release Date: November 16th

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Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out...

Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.





Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.

I have to admit I was intrigued with this blurb.  I'm new to Callie Hart but wanted to give this a shot.  After finishing, I'm still kind of on the fence with this.  

I like billionaire books.  I like broody, secretive men.  I particularly like when those men are paired with smart, strong women.  So I was pretty excited to meet these characters.  To get to know them, see inside them and learn what made them tick.  

The start of the book had me commiserating with Beth-I've been that law student before and I have to say the thought of being able to wipe out student loan debt in this manner would definitely be tempting.  So I understood her motive pretty well-and I wanted to learn more about Raphael.

Raphael was a recluse and I wanted to know why.  I really did want to know what made him tick and behave how he did.  I can't say he ever had me swooning but he definitely had me thinking at times.

Once these two met I was ready for the story to take off.  For me though, the characters didn't develop enough for that to happen.  There were some twists and turns thrown in there that I could have done without and instead would have taken just some more of Beth and Raphael.  The writing itself was well done, and I was intrigued by the book, and I enjoyed a good portion of it.  I liked the beginning-it was the last portion of the book that really had me scratching my head.   This was my first Callie Hart book and I'll try her again.


Raphael North stands on the other side of the abnormally thick glass. He’s dressed in a plain dark blue t-shirt, and a pair of washed out blue jeans. His feet are completely bare. His hair is even darker than it was in his picture, if that’s at all possible. Almost curly, too. It’s then that I realize it’s wet—he must have just gotten out of the shower. There are small dark patches on his t-shirt where water has obviously soaked through the material.

He turns those startling vivid green eyes on me and I’m breathless all over again. It feels like I’m tumbling over some steep cliff face, a weightless sensation turning my stomach over as I fall. Inside, I’m back to wanting to flee the building. Externally, I’m praying to deities of faiths and religions all over the world that I don’t look like I’m about to slump in an unconscious mess on the floor right in front of him. My top lip begins to twitch—something that only happens when I’m really, really anxious. Without thinking, I press my fingertips to my mouth, as if I can put a halt to the twitching by touch alone. A strange look passes over Raphael’s face. A slight movement at the corner of his mouth. I can’t decide if it’s displeasure or amusement. Either way, the reaction is fleeting, barely noticeable at all, and then his face is a blank mask again. He places his hand on a curved silver handle on the other side of the door, and then pulls it toward him, opening it. There are no barriers now. Nothing standing between myself and a man whispered and gossiped about by an entire city. Screw that, an entire nation. I’m in an enviable position right now, but I’d gladly thank the universe if the ground opened up and swallowed me whole.

The first words Raphael North speaks to me will haunt me until the day I die. He angles his head ever so slightly to one side, then says, “Your toenail polish is chipped, Ms. Dreymon.”

Lord have mercy. His voice is deep but soft. It has no hard edges, but at the same time his tone is overflowing with self-confidence and command.

“I’m sorry, I…wasn’t aware of your no-shoe policy.”

About the Author

Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she's on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.

If she's not writing, you'll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, or binge watching Game of Thrones.

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They call him a monster.

Pale blue eyes as cold as ice that see right through you.

He’s hard.

He’s damaged.

He’s dangerous.

He lives in a castle fit for a fairy tale, but he’s no prince.

He’s savage.

He’s brutal.

He’s a killer.

By an act of fate, our worlds collide.

They call him a monster, but he is my salvation.

First, I am going to say that this is a dark romance. You should have caught that by the blurb, but in case you didn't, this is a dark romance...and, it holds to the idea that not all romance is flowers and rainbows...that sometimes the flowers in the romance also have thorns, and those flowers are great too...but they are different.

I love dark romance. The darker the better, if the hero is a killer, in the mafia, anything like that...bring it. So, the blurb had me dying to read this one even before the author had finished writing it. Now that I have finished, I wish I could start it over.

LA Fiore has a talent for writing the character who isn't the "perfect" hero. Twisted, a little damaged, with skeletons and ghosts in his past. But, the ride watching these men fall in love, well, there isn't a better ride out there.

I loved this book. I sent more than one PM to the author as I was reading (sorry about that, Ms. Fiore, LOL) and I was sad to see it end.

Brochan is sexy, and mysterious, and swoon worthy. And damaged. But, you still like him.

Lizzie is interesting, and you like her, and loyal and caring. And damaged.

It is that they are both just a little damaged that really makes them work. They relate to one another, Lizzie understands why he does the things he does, and more important than that, in Lizzie, Brochan is finally able to find someone who he believes sees him. Once he opens up to this possibility, there are all sorts of things going on in the world that he realizes he has never let himself see.

Telling what those things are would be a spoiler...and I would hate to do that.

At its core, this is a fairy tale with its share of beasts, and magic, and castles and damsels, and villains and most of all, a hero who doesn't know until the story gets close to ending that he is in a fairy tale and he is worthy of that happy ending.

I recommend this title.

Well let me start by saying I don't consider myself to be the biggest fan of dark romance. The circumstances, and if I'm being honest, the author has to be just right for me to read it. I'm so, so glad I read this book from L.A. Fiore. I've enjoyed works from this author in the past and loved this book as well.

This book? I'm not even sure where to begin. It's such a rich story, both in dialogue and setting. I couldn't help but be sucked in when I started reading.

This wasn't always an easy book to read. There was plenty of heartache to go around for sure. But there was more than that. There was healing and love-and the journey these two took to get there was amazing. It wasn't smooth, it wasn't easy, but it was right for them.

I loved both the hero and the heroine in this book. Lizzie had some fire to her and she was so smart, and she had such a big heart. Brochan definitely was intriguing to me from the start. Sexy, hot, and haunted? Major swoon. I believed in these two together. Their connection felt and seemed very real to me.

While this book broke my heart in spots, it filled it to bursting in others. I don't want to spoil anything so I'm not going to get too in depth about that. It was so well written, so dynamic. I know this is one I'll still be thinking about for a long time to come. I loved this book and recommend it!

L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including Beautifully Damaged, Collecting the Pieces and His Light in the Dark. Her favorite movie is Star Wars, a love her son shares. They hope to build their own Millennium Falcon one day. She would like to meet the Winchester Boys to thank them for enlightening her on the versatility of salt as not just a food enhancer, but as protection from supernatural threats. And she thinks it would be interesting to be a zombie, to get an idea of what life is like as a brain-addicted fiend so she can be their voice to tell their side of the story. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and kids, their two spoiled cats and their awesome dog.


He Loves Me...KNOT by RC Boldt is NOW AVAILABLE!

"Brilliantly written, I adored the characters the flow, the hot scenes in the right places and the plot that had you guessing up to the last chapters." - Best Book Boyfriends Blog 

"Alll the feels. Loved every second." - Love and Lavender Book Reviews "sweet, delightful, a little addictive, but it feels so good. I loved it." - Bookgasms Book Blog


Sometimes love needs a second chance… I never looked back after skipping out on my own wedding, even if it did leave me estranged from most of my family. Eight years later, I have the life I’ve always wanted. As an advertising account executive, my world is damn near perfect. Until I come face-to-face with my past. With the man I once loved. The man who holds my future in his hands. The man who’s hell-bent on getting even with me for leaving him at the altar. Even with all the unfinished business between us, I still love Knox Montgomery. The only problem? He loves me…KNOT. 


About the Author:

 RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl. 

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Ride Wild: Laura Kaye

Series: Raven Riders #3

Genre :Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Avon Romance

Publication Date: October 31, 2017

About the Book

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders…

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.


About Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense with over a million books sold. Her Hard Ink series novel, Hard As You Can, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Romance Suspense of 2014. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes bestselling historical women’s fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day. Learn more at

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