The Summer Remains by Seth King – Guest Review by AJ

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“Breathtaking. I am in love with this story.” – Schmexy Girl Book Blog

“A masterpiece. This story is not just a breath of fresh air, but a different kind of oxygen.” – Bookslapped

“The most beautiful thing I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I am changed.” – We Solemnly Swear Book Blog

“The Summer Remains was probably one of the most beautiful and heartfelt books I’ve ever had the chance to read. You don’t read something this extraordinary without having it change you.” – The Never Ending Book Basket

“I read (The Summer Remains) twelve hours ago and it has already impacted my life. There are no words to explain it. You just have to experience it yourself.” – Cover to Cover Book Blog

Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to a quickly worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.

As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coastline, Summer plays the odds and downloads a new dating app – and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.

Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will outlast this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.

AJ’s $0.02:

I remember the exact words I said to my friend about a new up and coming author named Seth King; “You have to read him. Keep your eye on this guy. He’s a fantastic writer, young, talented, good looking (yes I noticed). Seth King will be a fucking rockstar.”

After finishing The Summer Remains I was hit with a massive realization, one buried underneath the trails of Kleenex’s from my couch to my bedroom; I completely undersold him. In fact now as I sit here, writing this review, eyes still swollen, I’m at a complete loss of words at just how to describe him in a way that will give him any justice. So maybe as I continue to write, by the end of it I will have decided how to properly give him his dues.

Summer has been dealt a shit hand, which is actually probably the biggest of understatements, but I feel like that is how Summer would describe it. She has been living with a life threatening condition, Esophogeal Intresia (IT’S NOT CANCER) and has three months to try and immerse herself in some type of normalcy before she has to have a surgery. A surgery that will either kill her or save her and the odds are not in her favor. Summer’s only wish, the only thing she wants to do with what little time she may have left is fall in love.

“Because I, Summer Johnson, Purveyor of Pragmatism, Lover of Logic, Ultimate Believer in the Rational, and Person Who Was Maybe Going To Die Soon, wanted to drown in someone.”

Don’t we all Summer. Don’t we all.

Summer, unstrap that life vest because you are about to meet Cooper.

Cooper, the attractive, slightly eccentric genius whose honesty and ability to care for those around him will make you swoon and fall in love and pray to whatever god that you believe in to bring you a Cooper of your very own.

You will fall in love with Cooper and Summer just as they fall in love with one another. You will laugh with them, cry with them and if you are paying attention you will learn with them too. In fact if by the end of this book you aren’t having any type of “holy fuck what kind of life am I living right now” moment, you need to go back and read it again

I’m not going to sugarcoat anything here. This novel will destroy you. Summer and Cooper’s story will wreck you, gut you, crush you and yet somehow through it all, it manages to build your spirit and strengthen your resolve. Make even the biggest cynic or the saddest soul believe in love, in life and in something that should be so simple and yet is so difficult to hold onto; happiness.

The Summer Remains is a true Masterpiece and Seth King’s ability to weave words in such a poetic and lyrical way I suppose makes him more of a Maestro than a rockstar, although I think rockstar just sounds cooler. So I’ll stick with that. Seth King is a fucking rockstar and this book is one I think should be read by everyone, although the selfish part of me sides with Summer about one thing;

“…I just want to hug my book and make sure nobody else in the world ever reads those words because they are mine…”

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Malevolent (Darkness #1) by Cassia Brightmore

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Darkness has a seductive power, a delicious energy that sinks its claws in deep. Once the devil has a hold of you, true malevolence is born.

Sheriff Brady James has sworn to protect the small town of Durham Heights, his current priority to ruthlessly hunt a sadistic killer on the loose. With lives at stake, his focus is split between two beautiful women – one dark, one light. The clock is ticking, the threat palpable; crawling closer at every turn. Once death has you in its sights, there is no escape.

Pain. Suffering. Lives shattered and broken. In the fight of good against evil, who will survive?

This is the first book in the Darkness series, a wishing evil upon others novel that can be read as a standalone.

Due to mature content and violent situations, this book is recommended for readers 18 years and up.

ellie’s $0.02:

I met Cassia for the first time at the Vegas book signing in October.  We’ve stayed in touch… you know… became friends or something.  We talked.  We chatted.  We laughed.  A couple months ago Cassia messages me and says…. “Wait, ellie… you’re an editor?”  Duh.  I say I am anyway…

Long story short (I know, sometimes I get long winded with these things), Cassia send me her work of art to edit.  I get part way through the first chapter and immediately message her:   “What.  The.  Fuck.”  She messages back in a panic.  “Chapter one is intense.  Is it too intense?”

Um yeah.  It’s fucking intense.  Insanely intense.  But dude… it roped me in and I was not letting this book out of my hands until I was finished.  “Intense” was the understatement of the century.

Wait.  I have a tangent.  I met Cassia last year at the Vegas signing as an attendee.  What a sweet lil’ thing. I’m still wondering where the fuck she came up with this story.  This is dark.  This is intense.  This is a disturbing thriller.

Anyway… as I’m editing this, I’m messaging the rest of the LNB Team (that’s Love N. Books minus the Love N. Hunks) and telling them about this mystery thriller I’m editing.  Wait, what?  Mystery thriller?  Yeah, yeah… there is romance in it too… but yeah.  Murder.  Mystery.  Oh… and one sexy as hell Sheriff.

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After Dark by M. Pierce – Release Blitz

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In the final novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce, can a passion that has withstood many ordeals become a love strong enough to last a lifetime?

Matt Sky is trying to return to normal, having faked his death and come back to life. He and Hannah move back in together, and Matt attempts to put his demons to rest as they strive to grow their relationship into something durable and honest. But as the two become more and more entangled, and the heat between them intensifies in all the best possible ways, Matt’s desire for Hannah ignites cravings he has kept at bay for a long, long time…

Hannah finally has the life she’s always wanted: she’s pursuing her career as a literary agent at Granite Wing Agency, she is writing her first novel, and she is living with her hot, passionate lover. But as Matt and Hannah explore a new intimacy, Hannah finds that there are parts of Matt–dark, wild, uncontrollable parts–that he has yet to show her…that he has yet to show anyone…Under the surface of Matt and Hannah’s domestic bliss, deeply buried secrets burn, and all of a sudden, the least foreseen obstacle threatens to shatter everything they’ve worked so hard for.

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20944389-after-dark

Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/After-Dark-Night-Owl-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00JTIOXN4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402615237&sr=8-1&keywords=last+light+m+pierce

Barnes & Noble:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/after-dark-m-pierce/1119182811?ean=9781250058379

iBooks:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/after-dark/id918981663?mt=11

Kobo:   http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/after-dark-64

 

Other Books in the Trilogy:

Title:   Night Owl (Night Owl Trilogy Book #1)

Author:   M. Pierce

Genre:   Contemporary Erotic Romance

Synopsis:

“Tautly written, complex, and vibrating with a dark sensuality that will have you at once blushing and anxious. You’ll think you have this book pegged . . . but you’ll be wrong.”—Christina Lauren, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors of The Beautiful Bastard series

From bestselling ebook author M. Pierce comes the first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy where an anonymous online writing partnership turns into an uncontrollable, passionate obsession

At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers — all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.

At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano is a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.

Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent…

Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah. Hannah’s picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that’s passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18681804-night-owl?from_search=true

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Owl-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00HY070CU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390391205&sr=8-1&keywords=m.+pierce

Target:   http://www.target.com/p/night-owl-night-owl-trilogy-series-1-by-m-pierce-paperback/-/A-15305150#prodSlot=medium_1_15&term=night+owl

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-owl-m-pierce/1117359288?ean=9781250058232

iBooks:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/night-owl/id802769143?mt=11

Kobo:   http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/night-owl-3

Title:   Last Light (Night Owl Trilogy Book #2)

Author:   M. Pierce

Release Date:  October 28, 2014

Genre:   Contemporary Erotic Romance

 

Synopsis:

Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper—and hotter—in Last Light, the second novel of the Night Owl Trilogy from bestselling author M. Pierce.

Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead.

Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret: she knows Matt is alive. After Matt’s memorial service, she lingers on the East Coast with his family, but it soon becomes clear that his brothers’ motives are less than gracious. Nate Sky is bent on tracking down the author of Night Owl, a book that charts the last days of Matt’s life with uncanny and scandalous accuracy, and which appeared only after his death. Seth Sky is bent on getting Hannah into his bed.

Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship—but their web of lies only tightens as Matt struggles with the consequences of his decision, and Hannah tries to escape Nate’s libel suit and fend off Seth’s advances…until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice.

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18744040-last-light

Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/Last-Light-Night-Owl-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00JCZ6U6W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1402615237&sr=8-2&keywords=last+light+m+pierce

Barnes & Noble:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/last-light-m-pierce/1117685289?ean=9781250058362

Target:   http://www.target.com/p/last-light-paperback/-/A-16298688#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=last+light+m.+pierce

iBooks:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/last-light/id889734017?mt=11

Kobo:   http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/last-light-7

Excerpt

Sleeping on the couch is a bitch.

My back ached even after my morning run, even after a round of sit-ups and stretches—and a long, hot, lonely shower.

            As I padded past the bedroom, a towel around my waist, I tried the knob once more.

            Still locked.

            I pressed my ear to the door and frowned.

            Hannah had been bunkered in our bedroom all night and most of this morning. It was nearly noon. The AC ticked on and I sighed, roaming back to the kitchen.

            “I am definitely in the doghouse,” I muttered to Laurence.

            A notepad on the counter contained my list for the day.

            FIX SHIT

-        Talk about things w/Hannah (money, therapy, Chrissy)

-        Date (picnic or dinner)

I peeled off the note and wrote another.

Hannah baby, please come out. You can’t stay in there forever. I’m sorry. I love you. I need clothes. XO

            I knocked gently on the bedroom door before slipping the note beneath it. Then I retreated to the TV room.

            Several minutes later, I heard the door squeak open and clap shut.

            I returned to find it locked, a pair of my socks folded on the floor beside a note.

            Here you go.

            Grinning, I turned over her note and wrote another.

Where am I supposed to wear these? Or am I supposed to use them for something else? Take pity on a half-naked man. It’s getting chilly out here.

            I flicked my reply under the door, then sat on the floor and waited. Soon I heard Hannah rustling in the bedroom. The door opened a crack and a T-shirt flew out.

            She slammed it shut quickly.

            Click went the lock.

            “Goddamn it, Hannah.”

            I pulled on the T-shirt and shot another note under the door.

            Is this your way of saying you want to see my dick? So coy . . .

            A moment later, the door opened and a pair of sweatpants hit me in the face.

            Slam!—click.

            “Hannah!” I lunged against the door. “Baby bird?”

            No reply.

God, women are fucking mysterious.

About the Author:

Pierce is the bestselling author of Night Owl, book one in the erotic Night Owl Trilogy. The author lives in Colorado and owns a rabbit named Laurence.

Website/Blog:             http://mpiercefiction.com/

Facebook:                  https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-Pierce/174553066083258

Goodreads:                https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7258437.M_Pierce

Twitter:                                   https://twitter.com/mpiercefiction

Pinterest:                     http://www.pinterest.com/mpiercefiction/

Tumblr:                        http://mpiercefiction.tumblr.com/

Amazon:                     http://www.amazon.com/M.-Pierce/e/B00F0SL9WU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Six of Hearts (Hearts #1) by L.H. Cosway – Review

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Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.

I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.

Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.

But most of all, I put on a good show.

The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.

Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this – if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.

Pet’s $0.02

 

Jay Fields is an illusionist. I’m not talking Penn & Teller type illusion, more Chris Angel type illusion with less eyeliner. He’s a master of reading people and Matilda has no chance of hiding how she feels about him.

Matilda is a quiet, unassuming legal secretary who works for her father’s law firm, sews 50’s style dresses in her spare time and has a snarky sense of humor. Jay is what she’s always wanted but never thought she’d find.

Jay has a plan. There are six people he loves most in the world and everything he does has one goal…. to avenge them. Everything he does has a purpose and no one but Jay knows how all the pieces fit together. I thought I had it figured out, but Cosway surprised me again. Now, Matilda has to decide if she can allow Jay to keep his secrets and trust that he has her best interest at heart.

When Jay gets close to Matilda, he jeopardizes his ultimate goal but he can’t stay away. There are secrets galore, and a delicate dance between what he’ll allow himself to have and what he wants.

In my opinion, L.H. Cosway has yet to write a book that is under a 4 star. This book is no exception.

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Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire – Review

Beautiful Redemption

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first? 

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

Pet’s $0.02:

What do we want? Man-whores! Who’s got ‘em? Jamie McGuire! You know, that’s not a bad thing when you’re talking about the Maddox brothers. In the second book of The Maddox Brothers series, we get Trent’s story. And come on, you know that after you found out about that little love triangle in book one you’ve been waiting for Thomas’ book. But, one thing you can say for these brothers, once they get their heads out of their asses, they do know how to commit.

Thomas is the ASAC (Assistant Special Agent in Charge) of the San Diego FBI Bureau. He’s been a total ass to work with from since his girlfriend Cami left him for his brother Trenton.

Liis has left her fiancé of seven years, trying to make a new start in San Diego. She’s decides that picking up a one night stand it the easiest way to put off thinking about things she doesn’t want to deal with. Too bad she didn’t find out his name, before meeting her new boss at the Bureau the next day.

Things get complicated when the Bureau decides that the only way they can bring down a crime syndicate in Vegas is to pull Travis into the mix, putting Thomas in the uneasy position of making Travis do something he knows is going to damage his relationship with Pigeon, and Liis into the position of fake girlfriend at Trenton’s proposal to Cami.

Liis isn’t sure she’ll be able to separate the real feelings from the fake relationship by the end of the mission and Thomas still has a lot of feelings to work through before he can move on from Cami. How can Liis know she isn’t just a replacement and how can Thomas prove that she isn’t?

This book mends some fences, breaks some others and sets us up for the next Maddox brother to fall in Beautiful Sacrifice.

BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON:  Beautiful Redemption: A Novel (The Maddox Brothers Book 2)

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Angels & Whiskey by Kimberly Knight – Review

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Whiskey, women and sleepless nights…

United States Army Captain Gabriel Hastings knew he would always follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. Serving his country was his destiny.

Until he fell in love…

When Gabe’s love affair is cut short, he turns to whiskey for comfort and swears he will never fall in love again.

Until he bumps into an unexpected angel…

By all appearances, Autumn Jones has the perfect life. Her husband, Richard, is a loving man who wants to be a father to her unborn children. But Autumn knows the truth. Richard has a controlling, dark side that leaves nothing to chance, especially Autumn. He’ll stop at nothing to make her the trophy wife he wants her to be.

When Autumn bumps into Gabe, he consumes her every thought, but she can’t act on her feelings. She’s married to a dark man she can never leave.

When he learns who Autumn’s husband really is, Gabe knows he will stop at nothing to protect her. Or is it too late for him to save his angel?

Kristie’s $0.02:

The prologue sucked me in immediately and I was immediately crying.

Gabe is Mr. HotMilitaryMan who is smart and witty and did I mention Hot? Dealing with heartache as well as a little PTSD, he turns to the bottle, which in turns ends his military career. He is lost and his best friend Jackson helps get him back on his feet and back to the land of the living with a job offer that Gabe just can’t refuse and ends up taking them to Vegas.

Autumn is a breath of fresh air. She is beautiful and has a good head on her shoulders. Richard swept her off her feet, he became her real life knight in shining armor but soon after their wedding, the honeymoon ended immediately and her sentence began. Richard keeps Autumn on a very tight leash, treating her more like property rather than a human being.

DEVINE INTERVENTION….. Autumn is able to open Gabe’s heart again and Gabe is able to give Autumn the love and strength she needs and deserves but with Autumn being married, they have to remain friends. Everyday their feelings for each other grow. Gabe does all he can to help Autumn gain her freedom, while Autumn helps Gabe move on from his past.

Relationships are never easy and both Gabe and Autumn have to fight like hell for what they want. For Gabe when his past collides with the present and the truth comes out, he may lose his angel before he even had a chance with her.

Kimberly Knight did a fantastic job in capturing the emotions of this story. From the beginning, Gabe won my heart. I felt the anguish, fear, heartache, excitement, the happiness. With Autumn I felt the fear, the hurt, the doubt and that want. The chemistry between those two is just EXPLOSIVE!

Be prepared for an emotionally beautiful story about love, loss, betrayal and second chances.

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Hard by Cheryl McIntyre – Review





HARD Synopsis:
I have been staring at her for three months. Watching her. Memorizing her.
For ninety-two days, I’ve looked into those lifeless green eyes.
And for ninety-two days she has inspired me in ways I never knew possible. A muse, unbeknownst to her. Motivating me. Encouraging my darkest desires.
I’m a man who knows what he wants. And what I want is the beautiful and broken Holland Howard.
My name is Jensen Payne—photographer, autocrat, lecher, Scopophiliac. I am who I am and I will not—cannot—change.
*This is an Erotic Romance. Recommended for readers 18+ ONLY.
WARNING: This book contains possible emotional triggers.
HARD is a full-length stand-alone erotic romance novel (approximately 50,000 words).  
ellie’s $0.02:
Historically I’ve not made it a secret that I’m a huge, huge, HUGE Cheryl McIntyre fan.  Originally discovered through her buying a LoveNHunk model (Brandyn Farrell for her Before Now cover), my loyalty to this amaze-balls author has not faltered since that day.  Not because she has GREAT taste in cover models, but this chick CAN WRITE.
I’m honestly completely and totally speechless right now and don’t really know how to write a review to a book this fucking good.  Right from the get-go I was gripped and couldn’t set the book down.  Never mind the plot… the writing, the flow, the style always grabs me by the balls (okay, I don’t have balls, but you totally understand what I’m saying).  Not only is the story intriguing and emotional, Cheryl’s style of writing, conveying emotion, character development, and descriptions are just… fucking… phenomenal.  Yeah… this is an erotic romance, definitely some hot sex… but the story is so amazing I have to say it outshines the sex (is that bad?).  I do mean that as a compliment…  Anyone talented enough to write a good enough story to make me put hot sex in second place should win… I dunno, a gold star or a cookie or something.  But dude…. even the sex scenes are some of the best written I’ve ever read.
One of my top fave authors of all time.  And this book went to the damn top of Favorite Books By Cheryl.   I’m still in awe with my jaw on the floor after reading this book.
As a side note, Cheryl came to the Vegas signing last October and I completely and utterly lost all control of my speech.  Yep, I totally fangirled and just acted stupid.  Not to mention, I always look like a stupid asshole trying to write a review to even come close to the caliber of her books.  I basically am so brain blasted that I can barely stutter out “it’s a really good book, you have to read it.”  *high five*
Not a single complaint.  Not a single criticism.  Not a single thing wrong with this book.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite lines from this book:
Jensen is living in fear of his future and I’m barely living, terrified of my past.”
Holy.  Shit.  Balls.  That says it all.

AUTHOR BIO:  
Cheryl McIntyre is the author of the bestselling Sometimes Never series, as well as the Dirty series, Infinitely, and Dark Calling.  
She calls Ohio home, though she secretly dreams of living somewhere much warmer–preferably near a beach.  She is a mother, author, and insomniac, as well as a reader, self-proclaimed movie critic, and incredibly bad singer. Her life revolves around four things: family, music, books, and really bad scary movies.
You can follow her author page on Facebook where she lives part time. On Goodreads—which is like crack for avid readers. On Twitter, though she has still not yet mastered the art of tweeting. On tsū.  Or on her website.
AUTHOR LINKS:  
Amazon Author Page:  http://amzn.to/1CjEeLT 
Stay up to date on all of Cheryl’s new releases by joining her newsletter here:  http://bit.ly/1C2azm3


HARD by Cheryl McIntyre Excerpts:

I have been watching her for three months. 
For ninety-two days, I’ve looked into those lifeless green eyes. Let my gaze slide over her flawless, pale skin. Fantasized about her luscious lips.
For ninety-two days she has inspired me in ways I never knew possible. A muse, unbeknownst to her. Motivating me. Encouraging my darkest desires to life through my work. Just when I was so close to giving up, surrendering to my unchangeable fate, I spotted her, and haven’t been able to look away since.
I don’t think she has a clue that my eyes find her the moment I step into this establishment. She’s oblivious to the way I always sit at the same table—the one with the best view of the bar. Of her. Unaware I spend my evenings watching her.
Memorizing her. Inch by exquisite inch.
Her soft beauty and innocent naivety keeps me coming back. Over and over, since the day she first served me. My cock grows hard beneath the shelter of the table as she strides toward me, her breasts bouncing lightly with each step. My arousal has nothing to do with sexual gratification. Though she has a beautiful body, curvy in all the places a man’s hands like to grip, and hold, and conquer, I’m turned on by the way she makes me feel inside. By the strength and craving and ambition she has unknowingly restored in me.
A man’s wet fantasy. A woman’s aspiration. My divine intervention.


“Take off your clothes.” My voice is gravelly and I hardly recognize it. I’ve imagined how she looks naked a million different times. Dreamt of this moment more than I can count. My hands circle around the device clutched in my grip, squeezing firmly.
One auburn brow arches as if in challenge, a silent remark to my lack of polite request. I mimic her, cocking my own brow, but give her nothing else. Manners don’t belong in the bedroom. This is who I am and I do not apologize for it.
I ask once—and only once. I offer a choice and they make their decision. After that, it’s my way. Anybody who doesn’t agree is free to leave. I don’t want her to go—I’ve waited far too long for this—but I am who I am and I will not—cannot—change.


She threw me off with the striptease and the drink. And that kiss. That hot as hell, fucking kiss. But I’ve had enough questions and more than enough storytelling for one night. Talking like this, sharing my personal shit—I don’t do it. I bind. I photograph. And I fuck. There’s no point in anything else.

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