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Introducing Discovery Authors Meghan March and Jessica Scott, the Bundle contains 6 novellas, including novellas from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kristen Proby, Elisabeth Naughton, Laura Kaye, and Donna Grant!
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About 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kristen Proby, Elisabeth Naughton, Laura Kaye, Donna Grant, and introducing Meghan March and Jessica Scott.
Six Dark Tales. Six Sensual Stories. Six Page Turners.
EASY FOR KEEPS: A Boudreaux Novella by Kristen Proby
Adam Spencer loves women. He’s comfortable with his lifestyle and sees no reason to change it. Sarah Cox has just moved to New Orleans, having accepted a position as a social worker. It’s a demanding, sometimes dangerous job, but Sarah can handle just about anything that comes at her, even the attentions of one sexy Adam Spencer. But the more time she spends with the enchanting man, the more he begins to sway her into believing in forever.
I absolutely adore the easy, charming way that Kristen Proby brings readers into her stories and shares her characters and her plot lines – components that do more than paint romantic images – they shed light on life lessons and teach the importance of family, of love, of the limitless strength people are capable of when life throws chaos into their life.
Easy For Keeps – it’s quite the contradictory title because keeping anything is far from easy, but it also indicates that even when people aren’t looking to belong to someone…don’t believe in happily ever after, the most necessary individuals merge into their lives and overshadow everything else, creating a bond that refuses to break regardless of the obstacles that must be overcome.
Adam and Sarah’s story illustrates the idea that life is meant to be lived, and it should never be taken for granted because in the blink of an eye, everything can change. Adam is rocked to his core by Sarah’s honesty and positive thinking. And Sarah’s daughter, Hailey, wraps Adam around her little finger and proves that he is way more capable of loving someone and believing in forever than he had originally thought.
Easy For Keeps is a sweet and steamy novella that brings a Boudreaux series supporting character into the spotlight and gives him what readers have wanted since meeting him in Callie’s story – a woman that possesses every part of his soul and a family that he wants more than anything else.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
4 Poison Apples
UNCHAINED: An Eternal Guardians Novella by Elisabeth Naughton
For thousands of years, Prometheus’s only certainty was his daily torture at Zeus’s hand. Now, unchained by the Eternal Guardians, he spends his days in solitude, trying to forget the past. He’s vowed no allegiance in the war between mortal and immortal, but when a beautiful maiden seeks him out and begs for his help, he’s once again powerless to say no. Soon, Prometheus is drawn into the very conflict he swore to avoid.
Because I’m unfamiliar with Elisabeth Naughton’s Eternal Guardian series, I feel like I missed the build-up and world setting of Unchained. Unchained is a short novella that actually occurs in two different settings, but because of the other worldly powers that Prometheus and Circe have as a Titan and sorceress, the way that the hero and heroine connect makes sense.
Even though I have very little knowledge of Naughton’s series, I’m very familiar with Greek Mythology, so Prometheus and Circe are not new characters, and the fact that Zeus is both characters’ enemy is easy to believe with Zeus being the god of all gods and his determination to control everyone, everywhere, and while Circe’s objective when it comes to wielding magical spells on Prometheus is a bit underhanded, in the end, Zeus’ ‘chains that bind these two characters serve as a way to potentially beat Zeus at his own game.
I’m a big fan of modern-day interpretations of mythological characters and events, and I enjoyed Unchained’s spin on two well-known other worldly beings, but I do feel like there was too much plot line to handle for a story of its size, which made it difficult to truly understand the characters’ feelings for one another and the full reason for Zeus’ punishments and what having the four elements will allow him to do.
3.5 Poison Apples
HARD TO SERVE: A Hard Ink Novella by Laura Kaye
When Internal Affairs investigates Detective Kyler Vance as part of the new police commissioner’s bid to oust corruption, everything is on the line. Mia Breslin’s career is golden. Now if only she could find a man to dominate her nights and set her body—and her heart—on fire. When a scorching scene with a hard-bodied, brooding Dom at Blasphemy promises just that, Mia is lured to serve Kyler again and again.
Kyler Vance is quite the paradoxical man; he’s a detective who lives to serve and protect and feels honored to defend citizens from danger, but there’s also a part of him who lives to dominant…who gets off on taking women to the edge of pleasure and pain, getting them to submit to his every demand. Kyler is a natural Dom due to his profession and his personality, but he’s not looking for a permanent submissive because claiming any sub isn’t conducive to the hours and dangers he experiences as a detective. He’ll play with a bevy of beautiful subs at the club, but nothing goes further than the club and no feelings ever enter into the game because anything long term will only end in ruin for both of them.
Mia Breslin may look like the girl next door, but her favorite kind of sexual kink is being dominated by a Dom who knows how to make her submit and isn’t afraid to choke her enough to quickly find her release. The only problem with wanting to submit to a guy is the fact that once he finds out that her father’s a cop, the Dom finds it difficult to treat her roughly when she could easily have him arrested for his cruel treatment.
Kyler and Mia meet at Blasphemy and their attraction to one another is instantaneous, but Kyler’s rules threaten to prevent anything further from happening between them even though it’s clear from the start that they have more than just sexual feelings for each other. But how can their relationship become more than just scenes at the club when Master Kyler holds all the power and he might not be willing to risk his job or let go of his feelings on how being a cop always ruins relationships.
Hard to Serve is an interesting title because based on the events in the story, there are many reasons as to why Kyler finds his job as a detective difficult and Mia finds it hard to keep submitting to a man who sends her mixed messages and doesn’t seem to consider how she feels in everything that occurs between them.
I absolutely adored Kyler and Mia’s story, and if Hard to Serve is any indication of what Laura Kaye’s new Blasphemy series is going to be like, readers are in for sensual heroines, dominating alpha males, sexy as sin scenes and just the right amount of angst to illustrate that the couple has what it takes to get through anything.
Throughout Kyler and Mia’s story, readers are introduced to many of the Masters at Blasphemy, and while I’m intrigued by all of them, there’s one in particular I hope is the hero in Bound to Submit. Once you read Hard to Serve, I think readers will want his story as well;)
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Poison Apples
DRAGON FEVER: A Dark Kings Novella by Donna Grant
Rachel Marek intends to expose the truth about dragons to the world – and her target is within sight. Nothing matters but getting the truth, especially not the ruggedly handsome, roguishly thrilling Highlander who oozes danger and charm. Asher is more than just a man. He’s a Dragon King – a being who has roamed this planet since the beginning of time. With everything on the line, Asher must choose to trust an enemy in the form of an all too alluring woman whose tenacity and passion captivate him.
I’m always intrigued by humanities need to uncover the truth about anything other worldly; they act as if it is their right to know all secrets, exposing the truth for the good of mankind. But here’s the thing, the means to which humans work to unearth the ‘truth’ is both underhanded and manipulative and usually is done for the wrong reasons or for altruistic ones that can’t truly be reached.
It’s interesting to see Rachel/Rae work her ruse on Asher King – one of the Dragon Kings – because for someone who always seeks the truth in a way that doesn’t compromise her personal integrity, she did not anticipate how Asher would make her feel and make her burn for a chance to be with him and by throwing her off balance, Rachel realizes that the truth isn’t always black and white and sometimes, exposing lies, corruption, and evil actually leads to a path of regrets and unanswered questions, forcing lines to be crossed and perspectives changed.
Asher is quite the sexy alpha dragon and the way he feels drawn to Rae is not something that has happened to him, which confirms what dragon kings before him have spoke of, and while it’s not something he would have considered before, now, he’s desperate to claim Rachel as his own.
In some ways, Rachel is simply a pawn in the war against the Dragon Kings and while it’s unclear exactly what the feud is over, which is probably partially due to my unfamiliarity with the series, the world Grant creates as well as the dark and light other worldly beings are quite an interesting lot and make me want to go back and read the rest of the series to truly understand all the players involved and what their end games might be.
4 Poison Apples
BENEATH THESE SHADOWS by Meghan March
The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients.
I drift from city to city, in and out of beds, from one tattoo shop to the next.
Every time I start to put down roots, I rip them up.
Until New Orleans.
She’s everything I’m not.
Full of fire and life. An innocent where I’m a sinner.
I want to consume her. Protect her. Keep her.
But first, I have to escape from beneath these shadows.
Beneath these shadows is a woman who has spent much of her life in enforced isolation, feeling trapped and helpless in a world she never wanted to be a part of, having her minimal life experiences dictated for her.
Amidst these shadows is a man with a dark past – one that makes him feel unworthy and one that forces him to always be moving in the shadows, never getting too close to anyone because he never knows when his past will come for him and require him to flee.
Set, once again, in the vibrant, eclectic, and delectable city of New Orleans, Eden learns what it means to truly live…to shed her perceived innocence and dirty up the prim and proper ways that she’s always followed, and there’s no better man to help Eden dirty herself up than Bishop – the “man-bunned tattooed giant” whose instant attraction to her demands that he protect, defend, and claim her in order to bring some sweetness into his life.
Meghan March’s Beneath series is one of my all-time favorites because the setting of New Orleans becomes its own character in each couples’ story, and due to its welcoming arms to all types of people, it’s easy to find someone who fits another person way more than s/he could have ever imagined.
March’s leading men definitely all carry the alpha male gene, but she gives each hero his own set of demons to contend with and then ensures that her guys find the one woman who may appear their exact opposite but end up being the perfect one to heal and to love these scarred and soulful men.
Bishop and Eden’s story is all about experiencing life outside of the shadows; it’s about figuring out who you truly are and what you truly want out of life – a life that you don’t have to continually look behind you to see if your past or if someone else’s issues are still chasing you. It’s about dirtying up a life that was never meant to be pure and it’s about finding the one person who you would willingly risk everything for because that kind of connection is not one that can be denied regardless if fighting it would be a hell of a lot easier to remain beneath the shadows.
Bishop was trying to stay in the shadows while Eden was trying to break free from them and live, but when they found each other, they hoped that their relationship would help them find a place somewhere in the middle and with its bright lights and dark nights, New Orleans is the perfect place for them to set each other free.
4.5 Poison Apples
BEFORE I FALL: A Falling Novel by Jessica Scott
Beth Lamont knows too much about the harsh realities of life. She’ll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah. Noah Warren doesn’t know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous.
Every Dark Nights tale is breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic.
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About the 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven Authors
Kristen Proby was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.
During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.
Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.
Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.
Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.
“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.
“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.
“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.
She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.
Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.
Jessica Scott is the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America’s Army. She is an active duty army officer, a veteran of the Iraq war, is the mother of two daughters, far too many animals, and wife to a retired NCO.
She has written for the New York Times At War blog, War on the Rocks, PBS Point of View Women and War and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012. She has compiled two nonfiction projects about her time in Iraq and the return home.
She has recently completed a PhD in sociology from Duke University and also holds a a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Duke University, a Masters Degree in Telecom Management from University of Maryland University College, BA in Cultural Studies from State University of New York and an Associates Degree from Central Texas College.
She’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012. Learn More at http://www.jessicascott.net
A USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had.