Salvage by by Tiffany Aleman


 
 
 
S
tereotypical trailer trash. That’s how people saw me. I’m
Karmen Butler, the girl everyone teased, tortured, pranked—bullied.
 
 
A
fter graduating high school, I left my shithole of a town
behind with no intentions of ever returning. My dreams were within my grasp. Or
so I thought…

 
L
uck. That’s what was on his side. Brayden Stephens was on
top of the world and the biggest prick of all. At least that’s how I remember
him. Then he lost it all. His vices took over and now he’s a washed-up has-been
with a cocky smirk and arrogant attitude.

V
alued. That was how he made me feel. One night changed
everything for us. In an instant I was lost to his touch, his voice. Everything
about him captivated me.
 
 
A
gainst my better judgment, I
let him in. I let him see the real me. Since he’d walked into my office, he’d
been trying to redeem himself of his past mistakes.
 
 
G
limpses of a love and life I’d never known before were all
he had given me. Now he’s done it, the one thing he said he wouldn’t. He’s
broken me. AGAIN.
 
 
E
xcuses are what I was fed. The truth restrained him, bound
him to his past, and now, I’m left to deal with the aftermath.
 
Is there anything left to SALVAGE?
I don’t know…
You tell me.







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EXCERPT:
 
Karmen
stands next to the kitchen table looking at something. In just a towel, I walk
past her towards the coffee pot. As I pour my steaming cup of Holy goodness, she says, “Well…I’m just going to
come out and say it, okay?”
I turn
around, one hand clutches the end of my towel to hold it in place. My eyes find
hers over the rim of my coffee cup. I nod as I blow on the steaming liquid. I
watch as she focuses in on my lips, so I purposely blow a little harder.
She drops
her eyes and looks down at her fingers, concentrating on picking at the red
nail polish on her nails. “I want us to be friends not just at work but out of
work too,” she blurts out.
At this I
laugh.
Her head
snaps up and she glares daggers at me from across the few feet separating us.
“Is it so funny to think of us being friends?” The sharp tone of her voice
tells me she really thinks that I wouldn’t want to be friends with her. I do.
But I want more, much more.
“No,
Karmen.”
“Then why
laugh at me?”
“Well, I
kind of already thought we were
friends.” I shrug. “And after that kiss, maybe even a little more.”
I watch
as her body sags in relief, and hope begins to build that maybe she might want
more, too. “Brayden, I already told you we cannot go there.”
“Well
seeing as we already did ‘go there,’ I
don’t see what the problem is. You
kissed me, Karmen. I know you felt what I felt in that kiss.” I place my mug on
the counter, my coffee is forgotten as I
take a step in her direction. My tone drops to one of seduction. Like
yesterday, I pull her back under my spell. “You can’t tell me you didn’t feel
the fire.” Another step. “The heat.” I drop my voice another octave as I close
the distance between us. My face closes in on hers. Instead of claiming her
lips like I want, I skim the tip of my nose along her jaw, up her neck in
agonizingly slow strokes, before growling in her ear, “The hunger.” I look
down, her chest rises and falls in rapid breaths that fan out against my own
neck. Blood rages through my veins like an addict getting the first hit of the
rush they so much crave. My hand lands on her back. I pull her flush against my
body, the towel separates my skin from touching hers. The contact forces an
erotic groan past those luscious lips I’m dying to kiss again. “Things could be
so good between us. Even now, I can feel the tremble of your body against
mine.” I nip at her earlobe and murmur, “The way your heavy breaths hit my
neck, I can feel how hard your nipples are. They’re begging to be sucked,
right? Do you want me to touch you? Put you out of your misery?” I groan, and
she nods her head like the wanton woman she is. Slowly, I glide my hand up along her side, and with the briefest of touches I let my thumb
graze across her tight nipple. She whimpers and I add, “You want me and I want
you.” Absentmindedly, she nods her head vigorously, and at that moment I know I’ve got her. I pull back to see her eyes
closed, her lips slightly parted. “But since you only want to be friends
then that’s what we’ll be.”
I know as
soon as my words sink in. Karmen’s eyes pop open and she gasps in shock. I tilt
my head to the side and stare back at her.
“You’re
an ass,” she snaps, flustered.
“Maybe.
But I proved my point. We’ll be friends.” I drop my hands from around her waist
and step away from her. “I’m giving you what you want. I’m a very giving man.”
I grin at her and wink. “You should remember that.”  I grip the towel tighter, to keep from
reaching out to her. My feet carry me towards my room to get dressed, but her
parting words halt my movements.
“That
kiss didn’t mean anything,” she says nonchalantly.
I look
back at her over my shoulder, and my grin turns into a full-blown smile. “You
keep telling yourself that, babe. Your body doesn’t lie. It didn’t lie
yesterday when your hands were fisted in my shirt, and it didn’t lie a second
ago when you were putty in my hands.”
I don’t
give her a chance to refute what I’ve said. We both know I’m right. I’ll play
her friends card. But just like a spark eventually becomes a flame, that flame
will sooner or later turn into an inferno. I’m betting whatever this is between
us will be ablaze in no time.
 
 
 
 
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Burn by JC Emery – Review

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BURN (BAYONET SCARS #5) BY J.C. EMERY

Tragedy cuts deep. Revenge burns deeper.

The blood of their enemies coats the leather of their cuts and a trail of bodies lie in their wake, but the Forsaken Motorcycle Club isn’t done yet. Carlo Mancuso still needs to pay for his sins. Nobody knows that more than Ian Buckley, the Treasurer for Forsaken.

Ian prefers his pleasure mixed with pain and he’s only ever at peace when he’s doling out justice. Convinced that he’s too unstable and sadistic to take an old lady, he keeps his trysts, like all of his relationships, brief and anonymous. But with his club at war, and the stakes being so personal, Ian’s feeling the events around him more deeply than he expects.

Mindy Mercer is the sweet daughter of Fort Bragg’s most respectable cop. At least that’s how the town sees her. Very few people know the Mindy who hides her tracks and battles her cravings by lying to everyone around her. She thinks she has control of her addiction until she suffers an attack that leaves her searching for a way out of her own personal hell.

Mindy has never been more desperately in need of a savior and Ian has never seen a more beautifully destroyed creature in his life. Their attraction is intense, but their damage is extreme. Some scars never heal, and some people never get better.

Love is never more painful than when it can kill you.

 

Pet’s $0.02

Burn is hands down my favorite book of this entire series. Ian is one of the Forsaken MC members that I’ve been waiting to get the dirt on and I’m so glad that his story was as good as I’d hoped!

Ian is dark, brooding and likes his women and his sex with a twist of kink. It’s kind of funny that he comes across as one of the saner brothers in the MC who gets shit done and keeps to himself. He has a fucked up history with the Mancuso family and that history has left him with scars, lots and lots of scars. But he’s accepts that… kind of. Actually, he’s kind of bitter about it.

We’re all fucked up and scarred – it’s just that mine are visible to the entire fucking world.

If you’ve read the earlier books, you’re familiar with Mindy. It’s his hidden scars that make him believe that he’s no good for Mindy and that he’s trying desperately to keep away from Mindy. What happens to Mindy will stick with you and it’s definitely left its mark on Ian. It’s tragic and brutal and so very wrong. And Ian, the man who helped Holly and Mindy get through what happened to them, is the only one Mindy can tolerate being around. Now she has her own scars that let her relate to Ian in a way that no one else understands.

I like him just the way he is – scars and all. “It’s acceptance. You are who you are because of your scars.”

Ian does everything he can to make sure his scars don’t do any more damage to Mindy than she’s already been through. What Ian doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to accept is that Mindy doesn’t want anybody else. She’s not the same girl she was before. She a woman who is stuck in Hell, and she knows that Ian is the only one who can help her get back to herself. And if Ian can’t help her through Hell at least he can make her comfortable in it.

Sometimes he’s the only thing that guides me out of the black void. He’s my light.

I’m going to be honest, Ryan (Trigger) pissed me off in the first book of this series, Ride, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish the rest of the books. But, the books are fast paced, the story is tight and I didn’t find any plot holes. Even characters I didn’t really like early in the series grew on me… by book four, Vow, I had a serious crush on Ryan! My advice… Don’t be a dumbass like me! Read them now!

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SCREWED by Kendall Ryan Chapter Reveal

We are very excited for this brand new standalone from Kendall Ryan. Releasing on September 15 we get a peek at a sexy romantic comedy from the NYT Bestselling author.

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Screwed_amazonI have one rule: Don’t shit where you eat.
Several of the women in the condo complex I own would love some one-on-one playtime, and why wouldn’t they? I’m young, fit, attractive, and loaded. Not to mention I’m packing a sizable bulge below the belt. It’s a combination that drops panties on a regular basis.

Yay, me, right?

But my cock, troublemaker that he is, has been confined to my trousers by my business partner. A concession I agreed to, and one that’s never been hard to enforce until Emery moves in across the hall. She’s smart, young, determined, and sexy as hell. I want a taste. I won’t stop until I’m buried deep inside the succulent new-in-town brunette.

After being warned about my past, she does her best to steer clear, but I’m about to show her that underneath it all, I’m a guy with a heart of gold and a cock of steel.

My name is Hayden Oliver, and this is my story.

SCREWED is standalone romantic comedy by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan. ADD TO GOODREADS

Chapter One

Hayden
Goddamn. This is going to be harder than I thought.
My eyes swing over to admire the most perfect pear-shaped ass I’ve
ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on while my business partner Hudson
continues lecturing me. I think it’s something important, but there’s nothing
more urgent than my body’s reaction to this shapely brunette. Jesus.
Those tits are definitely real.
“I mean it. Your cock is cut off this time,” Hudson says roughly,
his tone biting.
Tearing my gaze away from the succulent new brunette moving into
unit 4B, I face him. “Not literally cut off. I’m sort of attached to him. You
realize that, right?”
“Well it’s on lock down then. No more of this bullshit. I had
three calls this week alone from hysterical women – our tenants – who you, how
do I put this delicately? You fucked and then left before their pussies were
even dry.”
I smirk at him, but I can’t deny the accusation. We’re like the
real life Melrose Place. Sexy young twenty-somethings all living in close
proximity. There’s bound to be a little drama now and again. Together, Hudson
and I own thirty buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. And some of our
buildings have very fuckable tenants. Up until this point, I’d considered that
a nice bonus, and a perk of the job. Hudson has apparently viewed it
differently.
“Who’s that?” I ask, tipping my head toward the bombshell who’s
responsible for all the blood rushing to my groin. Fuck. I should have a
word with her about that, that’s not cool.
Hudson’s eyes swing to the left to see what, or rather, who has
captured my attention. And who’s given me this semi-chub, which I hope he
hasn’t noticed. We’re close, but we’re not that close.
“No, no, no. Don’t get any ideas. You’re not tagging that.”
She’s not close enough to overhear us, but I shoot him a scowl
anyway. “Show some class, man. Tagging is such a juvenile word. I’d take my
time, get her hot and ready first, until she was begging for me to fill her
tight, little cunt.”
“I’m fucking serious. You’re not to even think about her tight
cunt.”
“So you acknowledge she’s got a tight cunt?” I smile, proud of
myself.
He wipes sweat from his brow, looking worried. “Hayden, I’m
serious this time.” His voice has taken on a somber tone, and for once, I try
to be serious and focus.
Watching the way the vein throbs in his neck, my smile fades.
We’re standing outside of one of our nicest buildings just outside of downtown,
and the mid-afternoon sun is beating down on us. Suddenly I want to get away from
him, and away from this entire conversation and into the cool air conditioning
inside. Shit has gotten a little too real for me.
“You know me,” I grin at him, trying to lighten the mood. “I just
wanted to have some casual fun.” And if that meant sleeping my way through the
LA singles scene, so be it. I’m not looking for something deeper. I have a
luxury condo in the heart of the Hollywood Hills, drive a new model BMW and
possess a nine-inch cock. Translation: Life is good. Or it was, until Hudson
decided to get a bug up his ass and lay down the law today.
“Did you hear a word I just said? One of your latest conquests
threatened to report our company to the Better Business Bureau for unethical
business practices. This isn’t just about you. This affects me too. And I’ll be
damned if I watch everything we’ve built go down in flames because you can’t
keep your dick in your pants.”
“Point taken.” Hudson is pretty much the best friend, and best
business partner you could ask for. He’s smart as hell, dedicated, works like a
dog day and night. And not to mention when we began our real estate investment
company five years ago, he single-handedly fronted all the start-up capital
from his own savings and trust fund. It took me years to pay him back as the
profits rolled in, and he never once made me feel lesser, or like I was in debt
to him. Not to mention, he’s funny, well-off, and good looking. He’s an
excellent wing-man. Plus he knows the best taco joints.
Unable to help myself, my eyes drift over to her again. 4B fills
out a pair of yoga pants in ways that I doubt are even legal in most countries.
I needed to know what was underneath those curve-hugging black athletic pants.
Simple cotton panties, or a naughty g-string? Either way, I wanted to bury my
fingers inside the waistband of those pants, peel them down her hips and find
out. Perhaps it was because Hudson just made her forbidden fruit, but I wanted
a taste. My damn mouth was practically watering.
She looked smart, and put together, despite her casual attire, including
a tank top and tennis shoes. With a clipboard in one hand, and her trusty
number two pencil in the other, she ticked items off of her list, and
instructed the movers who were unloading and carrying boxes up to her new place
– which just so happened to be directly underneath mine.
“You’re not going to last three minutes let alone three days.” Hudson
grimaces, glancing over again at our newest resident.
“What do you know about her?”
He rolls his eyes, but humors me. “Emery Elaine Winters. She’s an attorney.
Excellent references. Even better credit score, and she signed a one year
lease. And she’s to remain in pristine condition, or so help me God …”
When I glance up at her again, I see Roxy, another of our residents
has joined Emery on the sidewalk, and they appear to be making small talk.
Shaking hands, exchanging words, and smiling at each other. There’s something I
strongly dislike about these two women talking. Roxy is an exotic dancer, and
she I have a bit of a rocky past. Which is a huge fucking understatement, but
not something I care to dwell on now. Hudson mentions something about fourth
quarter taxes, and I tune him out, sure I just heard my name on Roxy’s
over-glossed lips.
“Excuse me, I’ve got business to attend to.” I step around him,
heading straight toward my new prize. Roxy spots me, and takes off for the
parking area.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Hudson calls after me.
“Just being neighborly. Someone’s got to properly welcome Miss
Winters.”
“Dammit, Hayden,” I hear him shout.
“I’ve got this, buddy,” I shout back over my shoulder.
I can control myself around her. I have to, according to Hudson. I
don’t like being told what to do, especially where my cock was concerned, and
hell, it’ll probably only make me want her more, but as I close the distance
between Emery and me, I make a plan.
Friends.
I would become friends with the
so-hot-I-wanted-to-bend-her-over-and-fuck-her-in-broad-daylight new girl.
This was either the best plan I’d ever had, or would end with me
sporting a black eye, courtesy of my best friend.
It’s go time.








Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.

She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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Torn Hearts by Claire Contreras – Cover Reveal

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Free, free, FREE! Torn Hearts follows Mia and Jensen’s story in the beginning. Like many of our own stories, theirs is not complete. Their story will continue in Paper Hearts releasing September 10th!

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Blurb

I met a boy once.

He made my heart go into a frenzy every time he looked at me, and my knees go weak whenever he touched me. Our love was so beautiful that even its demise was bittersweet.

I met a girl once.

Her world, full of possibilities, made me feel like even I had a chance at being someone. She believed in me. She loved me. We were so secure, that even our breaking point seemed hazy.

Until we reached it.

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Author Information

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

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Malibu Betrayals (Malibu Sights #1) by MK Meredith – Review

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Can a Hollywood Hunk find real love? Find out in the latest from Select Contemporary…

Her chance to write a whole new ending…

Hollywood screenwriter Samantha Dekker spent the last year picking up the pieces after her husband’s suicide. Along with grief, guilt, and tabloid hell, she’s had to watch helplessly as the film industry slammed its doors in her face. Now Sam has the rarest of Hollywood opportunities – a second chance…working with the one man she swore never to see again.

Hunktastic A-lister Gage Cutler knows that Sam blamed him for his part in her husband’s death. Still, Sam is the one woman he can never forget. All he wants is a second chance of his own – to prove he’s not the player she remembers. And Malibu is the perfect backdrop to make a girl swoon.

Except they’re not alone. Someone is watching Sam and Gage’s steamy off-screen romance with the most dangerous of intentions…

K3’s $0.02:

Sam Dekker is trying to put her life back in order after he late husband’s accident and then suicide.

After being gone a year from the film industry, she is trying to get her career back on track and is offered an amazing opportunity to do just that. Her problem is Hollywood hottie Gage Cutler, the very man she placed blame on for her husband’s accident.

Gage was taken by Sam the moment he met her but because she was married, he respected those boundaries and left her alone but he has never forgotten her or the connection they had. He has requested her for her screenwriting skills but he also wants to see if that connection they had is still there.

Slowly they come to an understanding and are able to work together, their friendship grows as does their feelings but Sam is reluctant and unsure. After being verbally abused by her late husband, she has become insecure and unsure of herself. After learning the truth about the man she was married too, she feels like the world’s biggest fool and can’t understand why she wasn’t enough.

Gage is doing all he can to bring back the confident woman he once knew. He knows how talented she is and will do all he can to help make her shine again and to show her how strong she really is.

We now enter the whole push and pull and there is only so much a person can take before the towel is thrown in.

I love the patience that Gage has for Sam. He helped her to heal and to close the doors on her ex.

I adored how Sam helped Gage in ways he never knew he needed.

They balanced each other out very well and understood each other. They fell into such an easy relationship. Of course there were bumps in the road but they managed to work through it.

The characters and a bit of their back stories were very enjoyable.

I was left with a few questions and not a lot of answers or closure in some cases. I wish there had been a prologue to give us the scene of when Gage and Sam meet, so that we could see how amazing their connection really was but also see how horrible the timing was for them.

The other thing I hoped to see what some type of justice for Sam when it came to her late husband’s horrible family because for me, there was no closure on that part of her life and let me tell you they are CRAZY and just wretched humans and after everything they did to her, it was left hanging. I’d like to know what Sam decided to do with those pictures.

Then there was the other crazy person, what happened to her? Did she get caught? Jail time?

Poor Gage. I loved the advice his sister gives him and I really wanted a better closure when it came to the woman who gave birth to him.

All in all this was a fun and a little bit heartbreaking story about facing your fears, learning your strength and finding your soul mate and that once in a lifetime love.

In the end it hinted a possibility of more stories featuring some of the secondary characters that I enjoyed, if that is the case, I am excited to see the new characters and hopefully a peak into the lives of Gage and Sam and how they are doing.

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The Affiliate by K.A. Linde – Cover Reveal

Today we’re revealing the cover of Kyla Linde’s The Affiliate! I am so excited about this fantastic YA fantasy!!

 

Title: The Affiliate (Ascension, 1)

Author: K. A. Linde

Release Day: September 15th

Genre: YA Fantasy
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About The Affiliate:

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen as an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

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“Do you enjoy the view?” King Edric asked.

“The rains have made the gardens bloom, and it warms my heart to see it so.”

“It is good to know that the gardener approves of the work.”

Cyrene laughed lightly. “I have not gardened in a month’s time. I fear I can no longer call myself a gardener.”

She remembered when she had told the king of her interest in gardening at the last feast day almost a week ago. After that dance, Queen Kaliana added a list of plants to her assignment, forcing her to reread every page she had already dredged through for information. It had wasted two entire days.

“Perhaps I could change that,” he offered.

He directed her down the staircase and into the courtyard below lit solely by the setting sun in the distance.

Her stomach churned at the thought of him offering assistance to any of her needs. It was like what she had read in her children’s books of the tales of Leifs, and how one request would be necessitated by a much larger sacrifice. Her biggest sacrifice at the present moment was time. She wanted nothing more than to finish her work on agriculture and prove that she could get moved somewhere that involved traveling…and adventure.

“On the contrary, My King, I am fully enthralled in my Affiliate duties, and believe that gardening would only distract me from my work.”

“You cannot spare one afternoon to spend in my gardens?” His blue-gray eyes searched her face. “If you have half the green thumb you suggest, then it would be delightful to have you on the grounds.”

She swallowed. “I really have much work to accomplish before we go on Processional.”

“I could speak to the Queen and request it be lessened,” he whispered into the evening air.

“No!” It was the first time he had ever admitted to discussing her with the Queen. Hearing him admit it aloud made her voice come out strangled.

Cyrene missed her footing on the pebble path and stumbled forward a pace. Edric steadied her. He turned his body to face her in the middle of the garden, and her breath caught at the sight of him in the setting sun.

“You do not wish me to speak to the Queen?”

“I spoke out of turn. Please forgive me.”

“I cannot forgive that which I do not understand. Did the Queen somehow offend you?”

Cyrene shook her head. “I fear that the Queen does not…like me.”

Edric laughed softly, taking one of her hands in his own. “Oh Cyrene, I believe that the Queen likes no one but herself.”

Cyrene found that she, too, could laugh at his comment.

“Now, tell me what the Queen has done to make you believe that she dislikes you.”

“It’s nothing, my King.” She turned her face away from his. She couldn’t possibly tell him the real reason.

“Enough to infuriate you, which is enough for me.”

When she looked back up into his blue-gray eyes she felt that same magnetic pull between them. Somehow she had not realized how close they were standing. His hand felt warm against her bare skin. His body only a few inches away from her. His breath hot on her face. Her heart contracted in her chest, and she forced herself to respond.

“She speaks of…of your interference, as if…as if you…”

Time stretched between them, and she thought for a split second he might move even closer to her. She was rooted in place, captivated by his gaze.

“Yes?” His other hand drifted to her waist, and she was suddenly on fire.

Their breath mingled together as she murmured, “As if you favor me.”

“And do you think that?”

“I…”

“Yes?” he asked, stepping closer.

“I think you have your queen,” she breathed.

 

About K. A. Linde:

kalinde copyUSA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.

When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

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Ricochet by Keri Lake – Review

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The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.
A son.
A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I’m cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who’s seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

WARNING: **Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. Trigger warning for self harm.

K3’s $0.02:

Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.- Leviticus 24:20

Nick Riley is on a mission. After losing his family in the most horrible way he has become Detroit’s newest judge, jury and executioner. He knows the truth, monsters do exist because he watched them steal his life and take everything he loved away. Nick is now a man on a mission and with the help of his friend Alec Vaughn, he plans to take down the dirty, corrupt mayor named Michael Culling and his precious wife Aubree. He will stop The Culling on Devil’s Night. They are responsible for his loss, for his pain and he plans to make them suffer, just as he has suffered.

After Aubree is kidnapped, Nick is forced to watch over her and he does all he can to control the hatred he feels toward her but there are other feelings she unknowingly draws out of him, feelings he hasn’t felt in years and it scares him. Things aren’t always what they seem when it comes to Aubree and Nick finds himself wanting to save her instead of killing her.

“You’re a fighter. Your scars aren’t about the rounds you’ve lost. They’re about the ones you walked away from. The ones you survived.”

As Nick and Aubree’s situation and feelings change, Nick’s revenge mission stays the same but his life mission is different. Aubree has brought him back to life, made him feel but mostly, he realizes he has the ability to love again. He will do all he can to protect her from the monster she married even if it means he won’t walk away from this war he has started alive.

This book was dark, suspenseful and so intense. My heart broke for Nick and what he witnessed, broke him. Aubree became his light and his reason to live.

Keri Lake did a fabulous job in creating these monsters and creating a dark hero with Nick. As disturbing as some of the scenes are, Keri delivered them with finesse.

Brace yourself for a wild ride of revenge and suspense. Be prepared to fall in love with the passionately complicated, broken man, Nick Riley. I guarantee, he will have your jaw dropping.

An unconventional love story about revenge that is raw, dark & twisted, intense and shockingly beautiful.

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