The Christmas Letter by April Zyon

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Will a Christmas letter be enough to restore his faith in love?

Dante had been serving his country faithfully as one of the elite SEALs when he got word of his baby sister’s death. To say he had been devastated would have been an understatement. He was taken out of commission, away from the only job he ever knew, to take care of the niece he only saw when he was on leave. He toyed with the idea of allowing them to put her with a foster family—for about two minutes.

Noelle Henry spat out form letters for children who wrote to Santa Claus each holiday season. When she read a letter written in crayon from a six-year-old named Molly Davidson she knew that she couldn’t simply send the child the standard letter, especially since she had known the child’s late mother. Instead, Noelle wrote a personalized letter for the little girl, something that would likely get her fired. She never anticipated what would develop between her and Molly’s new guardian, Dante

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The Christmas Letter is the first book in a new series by April Zyon called Davidson Center. And despite the fact it’s a holiday short, it’s a full and brilliant story that has huge things going for it.

The story starts with loss, and our hero Dante has to come home from military deployment to take over the care of his niece. He does so without complaint and with a whole lot of love.

Noelle is in charge of answering the letters that children send to Santa. When she comes across Molly’s, she realizes she knows her. She decides to send her a hand written response.

After watching Dante jog, Noelle runs into him. Their chemistry is electric. But when Christmas comes around, Dante learns a lesson in what believing is all about.

This was such a wonderful story of loss, love, hot sex, and the meaning of family. Done so, so, right as April does so well! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

This book gets 5 Merry Old Orgasms

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Cover Me by Kacey Hammell

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Wanting her son’s best friend shouldn’t feel so right…

Jay Savage is one of the most sought after models in the business who seems to have it all. He’s the face of romance novel covers from coast to coast, and has expanded his brand to an executive role. Despite the endless possibilities in his life, Jay doesn’t have the one woman he wants most. She is everything he needs, and everything he can’t have. Their age difference isn’t the only obstacle standing in the way of convincing her they were made for one another. Leanne is also his best friend’s mom. 

On Nita Lake to celebrate the marriage of her son, Leanne Hogan is faced with the most delicious temptation she’s ever encountered. Their smoldering heat burns down her defenses, and Leanne finds herself giving in to the only man who tempts her banked desires. They shouldn’t work. Can’t work. So why does it feel so right when she’s in his arms?

Be Warned: spanking, public exhibition

 

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I am a big fan of Kacey’s books, and I really loved this May/December romance where it was the woman who was the older partner. Kacey rocked this one! I thought Jay was a great character because he was so atypical for how you would expect someone in his shoes to play.

Leanne has had a lousy relationship with her ex-husband, and her grown-up son sees this. His best friend does too, and he’s been in love with Leanne for years. Her son is well-aware of the fact. When they are all at Beau’s wedding, both Leanne and Jay are staying at the venue for the next week, so Jay has that time to convince Leanne of his feelings.

The usual older-woman concerns come up, but Jay does his best to show her his feelings, and it turns into one of those reads where you just want to grab the guy up for yourself. You will have to read for yourself to find out if there’s a HEA.

This book gets 5 Cougar-y Orgasms

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Excerpt:

“I’m sorry if I’ve gone too far, Leanne, but I’ve wanted you for years. As soon as I realized what desire and attraction were, you’ve been the woman I wanted.”

She bowed her head, shaking it, and covered her mouth with one palm.

“I know you don’t believe me, but it’s the truth. I’m not even sure mere words can express how important you are to me.”

“No. You’ve lost your mind. It’s ridiculous. I’m so much older than you are.” She moved to the side of the bed, her face stricken and her arms crossed in front of her as if protecting herself from him. “The wedding and all … we’re just caught up right now because we’re here alone. You’re my son’s best friend, for God’s sake. Jay, it’s okay. We’ll chalk this up to crazy loneliness.”

Her attempt at a smile did little to appease him. There was no way he’d let her diminish his feelings.

“What I’m telling you has nothing to do with timing or loneliness or your son. Only us. And over a decade of feelings on my part for me to wade through.” She drew in a deep breath and opened her mouth. “Hear me out, okay?” he interrupted. “And be honest with yourself. There’s nothing stopping us to see what might be. We’re adults who are attracted to each other. There’s something between us, Leanne. I’ve wanted you for years. I don’t think I’m wrong to believe there have been mutual feelings on your part the last few times we’ve seen one another. Please be honest with yourself and don’t trivialize our relationship by telling me otherwise.”

Their gazes locked—in combat, he supposed, neither willing to back down from the tension circling the room.

“Oh, Jay,” she whispered, then turned to peer out the small opening between the curtains of the balcony door.

He wouldn’t give up on what they could have together.

Jay moved in behind her, he inhaled her sweet-scented mix of vanilla and strawberry. His mind raced imagining her spreading soap or lotion all over herself. He swallowed hard, shoving the thoughts away. “You’re the most amazing woman in the world in my opinion. I want to show you every bit of beauty I see. I wish you saw yourself as I do.”

He lifted his hands, cupping her shoulders and massaging the stiffness there. She sighed and lowered her head, as if enjoying the attention.

“It would be so easy to fall in to your arms and forget everything else. But Jay…” Her voice was soft and low, but he heard the indecisiveness and the deep-rooted hunger underlying her words. “I don’t live life by throwing caution to the wind. And you could have any woman in the world. I’m just an old house wife who—”

He pulled her back in tight against his chest, not wanting to listen to her denials. Jay pressed his lips to her neck, kissing his way over her skin. She gasped, then relaxed in his arms, her breathing quick and rough.

“I don’t want to be with anyone else,” he whispered against her ear. “No one else exists right now. You and me. Here and now. Hungry for each other, desperate to be together. I feel the tension in your body.” He raked his teeth along her neckline, doing a mental high-five as her hands balled into fists against her belly. “Damn it, I sense your need, too. But I won’t push you. But if you tell me to go…” He wrapped his hands around hers. “I will. But don’t think I’ll give up. I’ll keep coming back hour after hour, day after day, to show you how much I want you.”

Jay waited, arms around her, his dick ready to burst and his heart thumping to capacity. He sent up a silent prayer she wouldn’t say no.

“You’re right.” Leanne let out a breathless sigh. “I don’t want there to be anyone else here. Just you and me. But what if—?”

“Let’s pretend for tonight that what if doesn’t exist.”

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Shadowed by April Zyon

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  • Publisher: Evernight Publishing (May 9, 2016
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2016
  • ASIN: B01FETUWKY
  • File Size: 3450 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages

          Cover Art: Jay Aheer

Book Blurb:

The moment Sophia met him, she knew life would never be the same. She’s seen him in her dreams for years and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that somehow, across space and time, they’re fated for one another. But when their lives collide, he can’t get away from her fast enough.

Gunslinger James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok has always lived by how fast he can draw his weapon. He understands things like statistics, odds, and where the sun sits in the sky. But the pull of one woman on his heart gives him more fear than a bullet with his name on it.

They have only one shot at forever. Danger is coming their way, and James is running out of time to make the right call or risk losing Sophia forever.

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Shadowed is the fourth book in April Zyon’s Warriors Of Light series, and my how time does fly! This has been an utterly fantastic series and I will be very sad to see it end. The good news, is that I know April will come up with more incredible stories and series ideas to keep us all entertained.

Sophia Ann Duffy was abused by her own father until she was 14, then went to live in the foster system. She, like the other Vestal Virgins, has her own abilities, and one of hers, is that she’s dreamed all about the man who would be hers.

But, James Hickcock avoids Sophia like the plague for the first couple of weeks. But when he works through his big issue, sparks fly!

Loved the connection between these two. As always, it’s fast, and it’s deep. The length of the book doesn’t give us a whole lot of time to draw things out, but it’s still a great story. I’ll always vote for longer, but the concept just makes up for it all!

Five Otherworldly Orgasms

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Excerpt:

Two weeks after returning to the Mountain, James saw her again. Sophia Ann Duffy.

Pausing in the corridor, he watched her walking and talking with her sister. They were such opposites. Vivian was a bold woman, not just with her red hair and take-charge attitude, but she had a presence about her that said she wouldn’t take crap from anyone.

When they’d found Vivian, she’d been on a story that had quickly led them to hunting down Vivian’s sister on the job. The monsters had targeted Sophia because she was one of the thirteen rarest women alive, a vestal virgin, destined to bond with a guardian.

There was something about the dark-haired beauty that called to him. Unfortunately, if he focused on her too long, he ended up with a headache. One the medics were stumped by, since there was absolutely no medical evidence to support it.

The doctors might be clueless, but the other guardians knew something. At least that was his guess, given the looks he’d been getting from Gaius, Hector, Jason, and Mercury. Even Alexander, who pretty much hated James’s guts, was giving him that same knowing stare. They knew something and they weren’t telling him, which was seriously pissing him off.

Sighing, he watched as Sophia disappeared around the corner of a corridor intersection, and his headache let up.

Giving his head a shake, he continued on his way to the base’s main hub. He couldn’t keep thinking about Sophia, no matter how often his mind went to her. She didn’t seem to want to see him, so it really didn’t matter if he wanted to talk to her. She avoided him all too well in a place he knew better than she ever could.

“James, about time,” Mercury said.

Acknowledging their leader, James then nodded to Helen, their tech guru, and took a chair near her. “So, what’s the news?”

“Eric updated me early this morning. He’s found our guy again and is tracking him now. He needs backup out there,” Mercury answered.

“So, you’re shipping me back out to Miami?”

“No, Alexander’s already departed to assist him. Gaius is having fits again, understandable of course, but still, we need to keep an eye on him. He wants to go out there, but we all know how that would end up.”

Yeah, Gaius on a rampage to get the man responsible for Emily, his soul mate, being hurt wouldn’t go well. Godzilla had nothing on Gaius when he got his back up about something and went looking to kill someone.

“So, I’m here why?” James asked. He didn’t get why he’d been summoned, especially since he’d been off training. Mercury didn’t interrupt training for any reason.

“You and I need to talk.” Mercury moved to the door and shot James an expectant look.

Groaning, James rolled his eyes and followed the man. They strode through the halls to Mercury’s office, where James took the chair he was pointed to. “What do we need to talk about?”

“About you getting your head out of your ass and seeing what’s right in front of you.”

“Huh?”

“It’s been two weeks since you got back, and while I agreed at the time with the others to keep my nose out of it, enough is enough.”

“Again, I’m going to have to go with ‘huh’?”

Mercury raised a brow. “You and Sophia. Deal with it, sooner rather than later.”

“There’s nothing to deal with, Merc. She’s a great girl and all, but she wants nothing to do with me. Given how my head practically explodes with pain any time I’m near her, it’s probably a good thing she’s avoiding me like she is.”

Mercury scraped a hand through his hair. “I can’t believe you have no clue,” he muttered. “Do you remember what I told you about the medallion when I brought you back?”

“Yeah, don’t let anyone shatter it, as it’s as effective as having my head removed. Which, in my case, is pretty much the same thing.” James was obviously missing a key point, though, because Mercury was giving him a look that called him an idiot nine ways of Sunday.

“There was more to it than that. It wasn’t that long ago, and even with the brain damage you suffered, you should remember it.”

Frowning, James thought back. The medallion would give him life as long as it wasn’t shattered or he didn’t lose his head. It would help to guide him to stay in the light, but it couldn’t override his own needs and wants. If he gave in to the darkness that surrounded them, then he’d become one of the evil ones.

Then it hit him. The medallion would direct him to the one woman in all the world that was his—his heart, his light, his soul mate. “Shit,” he breathed out. Sophia Duffy was his soul mate. It all made sense now. He could recall the way Jason would rub at his chest as if he were in pain when he met Vivian. Now that he was thinking about it he could feel the ache each time he had seen the disappointment in Sophia’s eyes when he’d first met her.

And he’d pretty much done everything in his power to drive her away because of the headaches. The headaches! He let out a groan and pressed a hand to his eyes. No other guardian had a medallion in their head. He was getting the headaches because the medallion was trying to draw him to her. What had he done? Just thinking of how he’d treated her made his head hurt and his soul scream in pain.

“There we go,” Mercury said. “I knew all you’d need was a nudge.”

“Fucking hell, Merc. Why didn’t someone point it out sooner? She hates my guts right now. I did everything I could to push her away, and I succeeded. She won’t get within thirty feet of me anymore.”

“Well, then, you have a hell of a lot of work to do. I’d watch out for Vivian, though. She’s a very protective older sister, and Jason’s been teaching her hand-to-hand combat tactics. You might beat her on the draw, but I figure she’ll take you down out of sheer determination and whatever women have that makes them stronger than we men could ever hope to be.”

Mercury got to his feet and came around the desk. “Now get out of my office and figure out how to win your woman back. Soon, too, or she might just be handed off to another guardian by whatever power lays within the medallion.”

“Can that happen?” James asked in sudden horror.

“Hell if I know, but it’s a power beyond anything I understand. It might just decide you’re not worthy of her and give her to someone that will actually treasure her for the gift she is. And that may very well mean you’re out of luck, permanently.”

“Shit,” James whispered. Popping up to his feet, he got out of there quickly. No way in hell am I losing my only hope at staying in the light to another guardian. The thought of Sophia being touched by another man made his stomach turn.

Stopping, he looked around. Now he had one major problem and a minor obstacle—getting Sophia to speak to him again so he could apologize and avoiding being gutted by her sister. He’d seen the looks Vivian had been shooting his way, and now he understood them.

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Desire Protected by S.J. Maylee

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Nadia Duskin has already found her hero and she’s determined not to lose him…

Ethan Wright has just been handed one of the most disturbing jobs of his career, killing a vicious madam who’s tricking her employees and selling them to human traffickers. He must take the woman out, and all is going according to plan, until Nadia shows up and everything veers off course. Now he must find a way to complete his mission and save the woman he loves.

Be Warned: light BDSM, spanking

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Desire Protected is the second book in the Assassins and Sweethearts series by one of my favorite authors, S.J. Maylee. (It seems that a few of my favorites use initials, S.J, BJ, N.J) Ahh, and all have J’s, maybe there’s a method to my reading madness.

This short novella continues with our favorite assassin, Ethan, (Oh so dreamy) and his love Nadia. Nadia is no longer working for Ethan, but she’s the HR manager for Aidan Clery, Ethan’s friend and fellow assassin.

But one day Ethan forgets something at home and Nadia follows him to work to drop it off. When she sees him get into a car with a hot blonde, she questions just what is going on. Through a series of misunderstandings, Nadia gets herself into trouble, will Ethan be able to help her?

Despite the length of this novella, the story is still rich and full of suspense, drama, and holy hotness Batman! I’m very much looking forward to Aidan’s story, but I’d just love that man for my own.

5 Killer Orgasms!

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Two Doms For Christmas by Kat Barrett

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Blurb:

Haley Joy has never recovered from her tragic divorce and the loss of her daughter. She lives a lonely, reclusive life with her dogs Ginger and Sammie. A chance meeting at a bar introduces her to Austin Mckenzie. He’s years younger than her, but they share a similar past and a love for dogs.

Austin also has a secret, he’s a Dom who’s currently looking for a woman to rebuild his life with. He and his best friend Med have shared women before and they hope to do the same again.

Their first date is magic, but then tragedy befalls Haley when a man breaks into her house. The break-in may be the beginning of the end for their budding relationship. It’s Med who sees the truth of their feelings and he plots out a plan to get them back together. Will he succeed so they can be with Haley for Christmas?

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First, a big shout out to cover artist, Jay Aheer. She comes up with some absolutely amazing covers!

Two Doms at Christmas is a holiday read from the immensely talented Kat Barrett. I’ve been reading her books for quite a long while, and I’ve always enjoyed them. This book is no different.

Haley Joy is a writer who manages to get caught saying some pretty kinky things into her phone.To make things worse, she’s caught by Austin McKenzie. He sees she has no wedding ring on and decides to strike up a conversation with her. After they both figure out that they have similar things in common, they decide to spend more time together.

She eventually finds out that not only is Austin a Dom, but he shares with his best friend Med. But when an attacker breaks into his home and hurts Haley’s dog, the dog later has a problem they never saw coming.

An overreaction and misunderstandings could be just the thing to break them up. For good.

This was a wonderful book, with lots of lovely D/s sex. The Doms have different kinks, including pony play and paddling, which Haley acommidates equally. I will say I was really disappointed in Austin’s reaction to the episode with the dog. I wasn’t thrilled with how he behaved towards Haley, otherwise, I just loved it!

4 Jolly Orgasms!

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The Fallen (Wild Mountain Shifters 3)

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We’re back to one of my very favorite shifter series. Sara Anderson writes an intriguing world where shifters have their own community and share it along with other mystical beings. Of course, the males seem to always be very alpha, and very much, in charge, especially in the bedroom. All that’s missing is their own kink club. This book is about Lucas.

Lucas was the bad boy in the first couple of books, he’d lost his mate when humans were experimenting on her, which gave him an intense hatred of humans. He also mistakenly kills another human when he thinks she’s the one who killed his mate. Turns out she was a twin, and Cassie’s best friend. But we find out he was under another’s influence, so after being outcast, he’s now back and asked to be beta for the territory.

Human Jennifer works for PI Josh, who’s in to all sorts of nasty things. Before she quits, she makes sure she gets proof and plans on giving it to the proper authorities. Her and Lucas have been staring each other down since she got into town. After an explosive meeting, he allows her to leave town. But Jennifer could be walking into a trap, and it’s up to Lucas to save the woman who could be his salvation.

I give this book 5 Howling Orgasms

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