Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Tour for Rock Star by Stacey Kennedy (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Rockstar romances are among my favorites and when you add in the reuniting of high school loves you end up with a charming read that leaves me giddy.  The book I'm introducing you to today is just one in a series of five books revolving around a high school reunion and the lives that will be forever altered because of the event.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rock Star by Stacey Kennedy, and learn even more about it by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, along with getting my impressions of this heartwarming read.  In honor of this fifth installment in the Bad Boy Homecoming series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Rock Star mug and a $50 Amazon GC too!

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy.
Veterinarian, Rae Evans expects to attend a dreadful ten-year high school reunion. Instead, she’s confronted by a past she’s never gotten over. The love of her life, Travis Walker, has returned to Catfish Creek, and the now-famous rock star wants only three things: Her. Naked. And screaming his name.
Fresh off his last world tour, Travis has returned to town to get a dose of reality. With fame casting a superficial cloud over Travis’s life, he’s scrambling to stay afloat. He needs an anchor, and Rae is that for him. But as he finds himself, he’s determined to remind Rae of the heat that once burned between them.
Before they know it, their one hot night is three, and soon, just like ten years ago, Travis holds the strings to Rae’s heart. But Rae’s not that young girl who watched her high school sweetheart race off to become famous. She’s a woman who knows what she wants and realizes when a man needs her. She just has to decide if she should put the past on repeat, or walk away from it forever.

EXCERPT:

The band played the perfect song. Something a little sexy and slow, keeping her hips swaying perfectly with his. He did nothing to shield his erection, but one look into her eyes told him that was all right. With her breasts pressed against his chest, her cheeks a little pink now, he noticed the heat in the depths of her gaze. He’d recognize it anywhere. That fire felt like it belonged to him—always had, always would. Yet in the past, she’d shy away from that desire. Now, he noted how she firmly held his gaze, telling him she wasn’t the young lover he once had.
“How long are you staying in town?” she asked, in an obvious attempt to divert their attention away from his cock.
“Just tonight.” He stroked his thumb over the back of her hand, keeping her as close as he could, inhaling her flowery scent that had faded from his memory. “I fly out bright and early in the morning."
“Only tonight?” She shot him a questioning glance. “You came all the way here from New York just for the reunion?"
“You seem surprised."
She shrugged, seemingly unaffected when another couple bumped into her, her interest obviously centered on him. “Seems like a long way to come for only a few hours."
A very good point, indeed. “Well, you see, that brings us to my story.” He sent her out, twirling her around before bringing her in close again and returning the smile she gave him. “But I think we need to go back even further for you to truly understand."
“Go on,” she said, watching him closely.
He paused, collecting his thoughts, then he began. “You’ll never hear me complain about my life. I have far more than I probably deserve."
“That’s a good thing,” she said firmly, even as a playful grin teased her lips. “You have a pretty amazing life, and you’d better not complain to me about all the fabulous trips you get to take around the world, or you might lose a tooth."
He chuckled but leaned in, calling her out. “And how do you know so much about my life? Reading up on me?"
“A little,” she admitted.
That’s what he liked most about Rae. She was honest, through and through. The fact that she followed his life could bite him in the ass later, but at this point, there was no going back, so he pushed the conversation along. “So, then you know that I have a very good life. I travel. I stay in fancy hotels. I eat at amazing restaurants. I never have to lift a finger. I have everything that anyone should want."
Her eyes searched his. “But it’s not the life you want?"
Of course, she caught on. He didn’t expect otherwise. That’s why he’d come to the reunion—to be with someone who truly knew him. “It’s not that I don’t want the life I live,” he explained gently. “It’s that something is missing. Something very important."
“Which is?"
“The guy I used to be."
She began nibbling her lip like she used to do in high school when she became confused. “What do you mean?"
“I can have anything I want, Rae. There is nothing that’s not available to me.” He slid his hand along her spine, pulling her in closer, leaving no room between them. “But the guy I was when we were together…I don’t know him anymore."
Her eyes softened, and her voice grew quiet. “That’s really kinda sad, Travis."
“It is what it is.” He shrugged, not wanting to get stuck on the things he couldn’t change. “My manager told me that I’d been invited to the reunion and saw it as a business opportunity. But I saw it as a personal one."
The song shifted to something faster, and the crowd began to fill the dance floor, bumping into his back. He refused to let her go, holding her tightly against him. “Do you want to know the real reason I came to the reunion tonight?"
“Yes,” she said, a little breathlessly.
“I came to relive the past, Rae.” He released her hand, wrapping his other arm around her and bringing his mouth close to hers. “That’s the only reason I’m here. I want to remember what it’s like to be with a woman who knows the real me.” He was encouraged by her shiver. An involuntary movement that spoke of her willingness to give him all that he wanted and more.
Hot and hard, he dropped his head into her neck, inhaled the subtle hints of her flowery perfume, and said into her ear, “We have a chance that many people don’t get. To go back and feel what we felt before.” He dragged his nose across her neck in the way he knew she liked, feeling her quiver under his hands. “Tomorrow, our lives will return to normal. Nothing will have changed. You’ll live here, entirely focused on your clinic and your life, and I’ll live mine in New York. Tonight’s our one free pass to dip into the past, and I want to take it. Because tonight, Rae”—he brushed his lips across her neck, and a soft moan escaped her mouth as he murmured—“I want one more taste of you."
She gasped and stepped back, blinking rapidly. “I…sorry, excuse me. I need to get some air.” Then those pretty pink cheeks and wide, excited eyes were gone, her dress trailing behind her as she ran for the door.
Travis shoved his hands into the pockets of his suit and grinned. He didn’t mind hunting her, it sweetened his reward.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers looking for a bit of afternoon delight will get just that with this tale of former high school loves who let each other go in pursuit of their dreams. Though they both found success, one as a rock star and the other as a veterinarian, they haven't found fulfillment in their personal lives and it's clear they've both been wondering what-if.  When a high school reunion gives them that opportunity sparks will fly as old feelings come rushing back to the surface in this sweet and sentimental story.

Travis and Rae were once each other's world until they parted company to pursue their individual dreams.  Scenes from their past are seamlessly woven into a narrative that finds them reuniting for a whirlwind re-connection that's erotic yet sentimental.  While Travis's life seems to be perfect with a music career that has him adored by all it's also left him feeling lost and alone.  Rae was once his muse and the years without her have felt hollow, in front of thousands he still feels alone.  His career has begun to feel like a job, full of obligations that he's beginning to resent.  He's returned home though to right a wrong and ask her the question that he should have long ago.  Travis is a sexy rock star who wears his heart on his sleeve.  He left a boy and returned a man, ready to claim her after wrapping her up in a sensual haze that ends before it's barely begun.

Rae's always been the more serious of the two, more focused and willing to make the hard choices.  Where Travis sees compromise, she sees heartbreak.  After sending him away all those years ago she quickly realized the mistake she made, keeping track of his life and dreaming of what could have been.  Seeing his success convinced here that she made the right choice despite it being a lie.  When Travis returns home she discovers their separation broke him just as much as it did her and for the short time they have together she'll do all she can to help him find his heart and soul again despite the heartbreak it might cause her once again.  Their time together is combustible and full of decadent temptations that she finds herself getting addicted to.  When their time is up she'll be left deciding what truly defines happiness and satisfaction in an ending full of introspection and lessons learned.

This is a quick read full of sensuality and sentimentality in the heartwarming reunion between two people meant to be together.  Their erotic encounters were nicely paced and balanced with sweet and nostalgic moments that had me rooting for them.  Interspersed with their romance were glimpses of other romances from other books in this series that have me wanting to read them next.  On a whole, while the premise is familiar, there's comfort to be found in that and in this tale full of charm with an ending that will pull at your heartstrings.

My rating for this is B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee…strong and hot!


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Readers will find themselves drawn to this collection full of decadent delights that depicts numerous themes and time periods from some of today's favorite authors.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hero Undercover Box Set, and learn even more about this collection by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, then add it to your bookshelf while it's specially priced for $0.99!  In honor of this erotically-charged and entertaining collection of romances make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 bookstore GC too!


A Taste for Red by Piper Stone
When Private Investigator Shanna Jacobs and Cowboy Detective Cody Walker are forced to work on a wine fraud case, sparks fly in both directions. As the case moves into dangerous territory, the key players aren’t what they seem, but if they solve the case, will they learn to accept their intense attraction?
Justice, Roughly by Amelia Smarts
An undercover deputy must decide where his loyalties lie—with the law or with the beautiful criminal who rescues him.
The Strategy of Love by Alyssa Bailey
Part time photographic Journalist and benevolent worker Kayla Rhea was not haunted by the memory of her kidnappers but of her rescuer and his admonition. Ex-Army Major Hunter Barrett, settled in his civilian life, is now on a mission to claim the woman of his dreams or purge her from his life forever.
The Arms I Run To by Stevie MacFarlane
Can a woman be too smart for her own good?  Apparently, for when Joy Bradley takes a position she’s overqualified for she soon finds herself up to her neck in trouble.
Uncharted Waters by Maisy Archer
An undercover protection detail aboard a luxury cruise ship seems like just the kind of easy, straightforward assignment Lucas needs … Until he learns that the client he’s tasked with protecting is the one beautiful, headstrong, infuriating woman he’s never been able to get out of his mind.
The Rangers Shotgun Bride by Maddie Taylor
Having fallen hard for her father's hired man, Amelia is crushed when she learns he's behind a string of stagecoach robberies.  When she takes matters into her own hands, and goes after the bandits herself, she learns things aren't always what they seem.
Revenge Served Hot by Sophie Kisker
My name is Livvi, and for the next 13 months I’ll be on my knees, paying off my father's debts, owned by a man who seeks to destroy me. My life looks painfully short, until a man with a dark past offers to rescue me - but only at a price I'm terrified to pay.
The Mercenary’s Girl by Emily Tilton
CIA operative Jack Regensburg would have had enough trouble taking down mercenary kingpin Sir Jeffrey Young even if he hadn't fallen helplessly in love with one of Sir Jeffrey's captive girls, the lovely young Tess Roberts. When Sir Jeffrey decides that Jack, undercover as a bodyguard, must punish Tess in a new and extremely humiliating way, Jack must act, but will he be able to save Tess from Sir Jeffrey's fury without putting his cover, and the crucial operation, at grave risk?
Cherry on Top by Katherine Deane
What do you get when you combine a sassy, curvy baker, her over protective brother, his hot Army best friend, a crazy stalker, sexual chemistry hot enough to bake a chocolate cake, and nuns? The kinky spankings Cherry has always desired, a bit of Daddy talk Jacob loves, and a recipe ending with a Happily Ever After—and a Cherry on Top.
Saving Sarah by BJ Wane
When Sarah Thompson goes husband hunting at a local night club, she attracts the attention of a serial GHB rapist.  Police Chief Travis Nolan intends to be the man in Sarah’s bed and won’t let anything stand in his way, including Sarah’s stubborn tenacity.
The Honey Trap by Lucy Wild.
Nate - I went undercover to get the place shut down. Not to fall for her...
Kathryn - It was just a job. Until he arrived.
The Scarlet Stiletto by Maggie Carpenter
1940’s Murder Mystery.
A frantic but beautiful woman bursts into the office of a roguishly handsome detective and begs him for help, claiming she found her red stiletto at the scene of her husband’s murder. The sexy seductive siren with me kiss-me-now lips is hard to resist, but he quickly discovers there are gaping holes in her story.
The Russian by Renee Rose
I don't care if I get whacked by the mob or fired from the FBI. I can’t stay away from her. And there’s no way I’m letting her get hurt. Hell, if any of them touch her, I’ll blow my cover in a second.
A Thief for the Duke by Megan Michaels
Rescuing a thieving beauty from the prospect of prison, the Duke of Norfolk has taken on the role of Headmaster for a School for Wayward Women under the guise of reforming the waif into a lady of society. Will it be she who is reformed, or will it be he who is changed in the process?
Tamara’s Choice by Trent Evans
Assigned to infiltrate the shadowy Dominion Trust, a vice cop on deep cover visits the lurid, penitential installation known as The Farm.
But to rescue one of the beautiful inmates from her sentence of sexual slavery, he must save something else first — himself.
Detective Hercules by A.C. Rose
Detective Hercules Andrews and drive time radio dating expert Lizzy Harper bond over their respective injuries. When she reveals details about the super hot cop on her show, a New York City controversy of epic proportion ensues and he's forced to go undercover – as her boyfriend.
Slave for a Day: an Idan and Svali novellaby Jane Henry
When Svali’s sister is taken hostage on a foreign planet, Svali and her fierce warrior husband are eager to undertake the rescue mission. Neither Svali nor Idan anticipated their job would mean masquerading as master and slave…. nor how very erotic the venture could be.
Testimony by Maggie Ryan
Vows—hers to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth—his to protect the witness with his very life. But when both are up against pure evil, what will the ultimate price of justice be?
Her Protector by Annabel Joseph
Rowan Park works in a secret, hyper-secure area of the government, defending the homeland from malicious hacking attacks. When a kidnapping attempt threatens her life, she’s forced to seek shelter—and comfort—in an unexpected protector’s arms.
Monster by Jennifer Bene
Cold, ruthless, vicious… I’m Paulo GarcĂ­a’s monster, and I’d swallowed that bitter pill whole, learned to deal with it — until Nicky. I know I should try to help her, protect her, but then who will save her from me?
Her Undercover Doms by Anya Summers
Sherry can't believe her luck, she followed a Dom to the Bahamas only to have him fall for another submissive and to make matters worse, that same Dom has issued her an ultimatum, either submit to the handsome Doms Patrick and Nick to become a better sub or leave the island. Will the two undercover CIA Agents convince the gorgeous beauty that she is the submissive for them or will their undercover investigation tear them apart?
A Night by my Fire by Addison Cain
The risk River had taken saving a stranger bigger than a linebacker and as grateful as a psychopath put her in a bad position. Someone had left him to die... and good men didn’t get dumped in the cold.
Eye of the Storm by Desiree Holt
It’s been a year since Zane Colby rescued Dara McKennon from the waters of Estero Bay in the middle of a horrendous storm, a year in which they healed each other emotionally. Now settled in their new D/s situation, Zane is called on to go undercover when Dara’s friends begin disappearing from The Playroom, an upscale BDSM Club
The Officer's Little Girl by Meredith O’Reilly
Adam is assigned to go undercover at 'The Little Resort' and take down the owner who has been selling illegal drugs. He gets partnered to be Chloe's Daddy and ends up falling head over heels in love for his little girl.
Pandora and the Pool Guy by April Hill
Forced to enter the Witness Protection Program, Pandora finds a mutual attraction with the pool guy. But is he really just the handyman next door?
In Too Deep by Claire Conrad
One chance encounter is all it takes for hard-ass undercover agent Jace Montgomery to fall in love. When the woman who stole his heart is taken hostage, he'll destroy anything and everything in his way to save her.

AUTHOR'S INFO:

***Jennifer Bene***
Jennifer Bene is the international bestselling author of the Thalia series, and other dark and devious romance and erotica in a variety of genres.

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***Anya Summers***
Anya Summers is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family.

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***Desiree Holt***
USA Today Bestselling and award winning author Desiree Holt has more than 200 books to her credits. USA Today labelled her the Nora Roberts of erotic romance.

***Addison Cain***
Pitch black suits Addison Cain’s tastes just right. Driven to push her characters beyond the pale, Addison’s books are not for the faint of heart.

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***April Hill***
April Hill is a best-selling author of women’s romance, known for her wry humor, sensitive character development and of course, the love.

***Claire Conrad***
Claire Conrad is a full time writer and chocolate enthusiast who writes sexy alpha males, hot aliens, fantasy lovers and anything else her muse thinks might be fun (or a little naughty). She loves a good red wine, traveling just about anywhere, coffee and is absolutely addicted to a hot read with a happily-ever-after.

***Piper Stone***
Piper Stone writes in several genres including thrillers, erotic romance, dark erotic, Domestic Discipline, spanking, Domination and submission and traditional romance. She has a love of the non-traditional, preferring to create worlds that defy the imagination. Wine and sous vide cooking are only second to her love of golden retrievers and you might find all three nestled in the pages of a book or two.


***Meredith O'Reilly***

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***Alyssa Bailey***
International Best Selling author Alyssa Bailey is the author of eighteen books including the Chase Abbey historical series and the O’Connors rancher series. As a Texan living in Alaska she has plenty of material for her spanking and power exchange stories, all complete with happily ever afters that make you feel good.

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***Amelia Smarts***
Amelia Smarts is a #1 Amazon bestselling author of domestic discipline/spanking romances, usually involving a cowboy, always involving a firm hand and a scorched ass.

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***Maisy Archer***
Maisy is a romance-loving book-nerd. She writes bestselling contemporary tales about hot, unapologetically-kinky, alpha heroes and the crazy stuff that happens when they fall in love.

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***Stevie MacFarlane***
Best-Selling author Stevie MacFarlane has been writing in her spare time for more than twenty years.  While most of her stories are on the sweet side, she never fails to add just enough kink and humor to keep her loyal fans clamoring for more.

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***Maddie Taylor***
USA Today Bestselling Author Maddie Taylor is a multi-genre author with over 30 published titles, with #1's in the U.S. and Internationally in Erotica, Western, Historical Romance, BDSM, Time Travel, and most recently SciFi.  She works with two well-known e-book and print publishers and has had success in self-publishing under her own brand, Breathless Romance.

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***Sophie Kisker***
Sophie Kisker writes erotic romance that sometimes travels a dark and uncomfortable path, before arriving at a happily ever after. She lives in the American Midwest with her husband, son, and the cat, who is really the one in charge.

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***Emily Tilton***
USA Today bestselling author Emily Tilton, whose books have hit number one on Amazon in six different erotica categories, is a married professor who lives in New England and has two wonderful children. Her stories are what she wishes her real sex-life could be.

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***Katherine Deane***
USA Today bestselling author Katherine Deane is a multi-published, top 100 romantic and BDSM author and romantic at heart. She loves cheese, red wine, chocolate, and snuggling up with her daughters’ kittens while reading a good book.

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***BJ Wane***
I live in the Midwest with my hubby of ‘too many years to count’, enjoy spending time with my daughter, love dogs and working any kind of puzzle.  I’ve been writing erotic, spanking romances with a touch of suspense for to years.

***Lucy Wild***
Lucy Wild is a contemporary romance author who specialises in dark romances. She lives on the Yorkshire coast with her partner and their border collie in a house full of books, sweets, and more books.

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***Maggie Carpenter***
Award-winning and best-selling author Maggie Carpenter has published over fifty romance novels spanning a variety of genres. Her readers describe her work as steamy, funny, suspenseful, beyond a five-star read, and exciting unpredictable romance.

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***Renee Rose***
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE is a naughty wordsmith who writes kinky BDSM novels. Named Eroticon USA's Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews' Best Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, Erotic, Ageplay and favorite couple and author.

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***Megan Michaels***
#1 Amazon Bestseller in Erotic Western & Erotic Historical, Megan Michaels writes BDSM Romance that is Contemporary, Western Historical, Sci-Fi, and Victorian. Her books delve into Domestic Discipline, Dominance/submission, and all of them have elements of BDSM.

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***Trent Evans***
USA Today bestselling author, Trent Evans specializes in several flavors of BDSM erotic romance and erotica.
A long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, he tends to use his long hours cooped up inside spinning yarns about things he’ll never see or experience — such as sunshine.

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***A.C. Rose***
A.C. Rose is a sex and love journalist who also writes very steamy romance books. As a former editor of an iconic women’s magazine, sexy stories and beautiful men have long been her beat.

***Jane Henry***
Jane is a bestselling erotic romance author in multiple genres, including contemporary, historical, sci-fi, and fantasy. She pens stern but loving alpha heroes, feisty heroines, and emotion-driven happily ever afters.

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***Maggie Ryan***
USA Today Best Selling Author Maggie Ryan brings you stories that you can disappear into, to experience what might have been or what may be to come. She invites you to curl up in your favorite chair and take a journey and wishes you happy reading.

***Annabel Joseph***
Annabel Joseph is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of emotionally intense BDSM and erotic romance. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she’s been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Tour for Luca by Sarah Castille (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers will find their hearts pounding with this tale set in the mafia world as two people from opposite sides of the law find themselves drawn to each other as they get caught in a drug war.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Luca by Sarah Castille, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this second installment in the Ruin & Revenge series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 Amazon GC too!

Luca is the second book in a full-length, standalone series by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, set in Las Vegas and featuring deliciously sexy mafia bosses and the women who can’t help but love them.
Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in Las Vegas, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart...until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn’t enough for a man who takes what he wants—and Luca will do whatever he can to possess his mysterious temptress...
Police detective Gabrielle Fawkes lives for revenge. She lost everything at the hands of an unforgiving ruler of the Vegas underworld. Now she wants to see him six feet under. But when a near-fatal attack leads her into Luca’s arms, what was meant to be one night of unbridled passion becomes something forbiddingly more. Luca has his own agenda, but when strong, determined, kick-ass detective Gaby sets her sights on her target, Luca feels compelled to stand by her side and protect her at all costs. However, pursuing danger comes at a high price—and both Gaby and Luca must work together in order to eliminate the dark enterprise that threatens them.
EXCERPT:

“You’re mine, Gabrielle. You were mine from the moment we met. Nico wants me to end our relationship after we find Garcia, but we will find a way to make it work, even if I have to leave the family.” He claimed her with a kiss, fierce and demanding, so passionate her knees went weak and she had to clutch his shoulders to stay upright.
She wanted to believe him, but it seemed an impossible task. From what she understood, there were only two ways out of the Mafia: death and witness protection. And after what he’d just told her about his father, there was no way she could let him make the choice that would mean losing the one thing he’d been struggling for all his life. She didn’t want Luca without that chunk of flesh. She wanted him whole.
“What were they going to do to you?"
“Hurt me. Maybe break a few bones."
“Because of me,” she said bitterly.
“Because I broke the rules.” His rough hand cupped her cheek, his thumb brushing lightly over her jaw. “Mio angelo. I would endure any hardship for you. I will welcome the pain because it gives us time to be together. Every extra day I get to spend with you is worth a dozen bruises."
“Luca.” His name was a prayer on her lips. She had lost David. She wasn’t going to lose Luca, too. There had to be a way for them to be together that didn’t involve him getting killed or beaten with a baseball bat or losing the honor that was such an important part of his life. “I think I just showed you I would make the same sacrifice for you."
“And you will be punished for it.” He wrapped his arms around her so tight she could barely breathe.
“Punished?"
He buried his face in her neck, nuzzled behind her ear,his five o’clock shadow a sensual burn over her skin. “I will give you more pleasure than you can bear."
Gabrielle swallowed hard and all her awareness suddenly centered on the pulse of arousal between her thighs. “I want you to be rough."
“I’ll be rough."
“I want you to tear me apart so you understand that how you feel about me is how I feel about you. How your pain is my pain. How I couldn’t sit there and watch you suffer."
He drew in a ragged breath. “I will break you and then I will put you together again. I will mark you so that every time you look in the mirror you think of me, and every man who dares look at you knows you are mine."
“I want to be yours, Luca,” she whispered. “And I want you to be mine."
Sei mia per sempre, anima e cuoreSenza di te non vivo piu. You are mine forever,” he translated for her. “Body and soul. Without you, I couldn’t live."
She surrendered to him, unable to do anything but feel as he feathered kisses down her throat to the sensitive juncture of her neck and shoulder.
And then he leaned down and bit her so deliciously hard she screamed.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers once again find themselves caught up in the sensual and suspenseful mafia world crafted by Ms. Castille that we first became captivated by in Nico. With its engaging and likable characters, scorching encounters, and a drug war full of pulse-pounding action and unexpected twists and turns this story had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.  By the turn of the final page readers will be exhausted by all that came before but immensely satisfied by the hard-fought HEA and all the compelling stories still to come.

Luca's life in the Toscani crime family has been one of danger, betrayals, and desperately trying to prove himself to be the loyal man his father wasn't when he turned against their family.  For Luca it's all about family though as he's immensely loyal, putting his life on the line to protect those he's sworn himself to, while doing all the dirty deeds necessary that keep money flowing into the family coffers.  When it comes to his love life he keeps himself separate from sex and emotion after the betrayal of his wife and her death from drugs.  Since that moment he swore never to commit to another, to keep his heart closed off, until he meets the one woman he shouldn't want to claim.  Claim her he does though as his alpha tendencies and need to protect bubble to the surface and have him willing to sacrifice everything to keep her.  Luca's a traditionalist when it comes to the role of women, and even as his beliefs are somewhat arrogant, I couldn't help being drawn to him.  He oozes sexiness and confidence and his use of Italian makes your heart flutter.  He's a master at dirty talk which made his encounters with Gabrielle even hotter.  He's an intriguing dichotomy as one moment he's brutalizing someone to a bloody pulp and the next he's the picture of the perfect gentleman.  He can be cruel when acting as the enforcer then charms me with his gentle handling of his son Matteo, who is utterly cute. Luca's the epitome of a mafia man in words and deeds and with his softer and protective side I found myself completely intrigued and captivated by him, rooting for him to get the HEA he so richly deserves.

Gabrielle's life has been hard hit by drugs as her mother's death led to her brother's drug addiction which consumed her father's life, leaving little time for her.  Desperate to make her father proud she followed in her dead brother's footsteps and became a cop.  She met a man and they made a happy life that soon crashed to the ground as a drug dealer murdered her husband and set her on a path towards revenge.  It's a journey that consumed her for far too long and had her acting recklessly.  It's also a journey that disillusioned her to the realities of law enforcement as she saw more and more people get hurt. Meeting Luca was freeing as he let her embrace her wild side and reminded her of her femininity.  From their memorable first meeting in a hospital room to their increasingly erotic encounters they're definitely an example of opposites attracting as their being on opposite sides of the law is frowned upon in the mob.  It's a combustible connection though that neither wants to end, a connection that heals both of them from their painful pasts and has them looking towards a future together.  It's a murky future though as the drug war ends up at her doorstep with surprising reveals and a pulse pounding rescue. Gabrielle's a delightful heroine, strong-willed and more than capable of taking care of herself.  Though she mocks Luca for his overprotectiveness she can't help being drawn to the comfort he offers and the support he gives her as she tries to right wrongs.  She's a tough cookie and a formidable match for Luca when it comes to brandishing a gun and rushing into the fray and her first rescue of him left me impressed as well as chuckling.  She's ultimately the perfect modern-day heroine with her combination of feminine and badass and I found her immensely likable and the perfect companion to make it in the gritty world of the mob.

This was a fast-paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat cheering Gabrielle on in her journey for vengeance while trying to guess the identity of the man leading the drug war.  With bodies dropping, blood being spilled, and bullets flying readers will find their heart's pounding as they frantically turn the pages to see what unexpected twist happens next.  There are also moments dealing with domestic abuse and being a woman in a man's world when it comes to the police force which are powerful and thought-provoking.  Add in a scorching romance full of erotic, and creative, encounters and readers will be left parched and blushing from these intense couplings.  Along with the compelling main couple comes a cast of equally engaging secondary ones.  With the return of the powerful Nico readers also get more insight into the emotionless Frankie who's untrusting and quick to shed blood and the young Paolo who's desperate to make a better life for his mother and himself.  Paolo's story actually took up a lot of the narrative, which was a bit frustrating and distracting at times, but emotionally satisfying in its vivid depiction of the high cost of addiction.  From start to finish Ms. Castille once again had me captivated by this unforgettable world full of danger and death with its sweet and sexy romance and men who are tough but who wear their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to love. With its immensely appealing characters that walk on the wrong side of the law I can't help wanting to go there too and am counting down the days until the next installment.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE RUIN & REVENGE SERIES...


NICO (Book #1):  AMAZON  |  BN  |  iBOOKS  |  KOBO  |  GOOGLE PLAY  |  INDIEBOUND
FIND AT GOODREADS here.


ROCCO (Book #3):  AMAZON  |  BN  |  INDIEBOUND
FIND AT GOODREADS here.


AUTHOR INFO:

Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Ruin & Revenge Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Club Excelsior series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sarah’s books have been listed as Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads, and Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, and have won numerous reader’s choice awards including the Holt Medallion.


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