Drayton is hot and mysterious, and Mike takes care of her. Together, they have great sex and a mostly stable relationship—one Julia thought satisfied her. After all, how can she complain about having two sexy men at the same time?
Then everything starts to change. Drayton is keeping a dark secret that threatens more than their arrangement. It might actually threaten their lives. And Mike keeps becoming more alpha than she’s ever known him to be.
What once was fun and casual is now a tangle of conflicting desires. Drayton wants to keep his freedom. Julia wants a real commitment.
She was smiling at Drayton, thinking she needed to spend more time with him like this, since she’d been focused a lot more on Mike than on him lately, when he asked into the silence, “What are you thinking about?” “You,” she admitted, putting down her glass and leaning back in her seat. “Us. Our relationship. Do you ever want any more than what we have?” She had no idea why she’d voiced the question that had been lingering in her mind for a couple of months now. She knew it went beyond the bounds of their established relationship. But it was honest, and Drayton felt safe at the moment. She really wanted to know. He blinked slowly. Glanced away for a moment. Then turned back to meet her gaze. “I’m happy with the way things are.” She gave a little nod, feeling a drop of disappointment. “Oh. Okay.” “Aren’t you happy?” “I am. I mean, what girl wouldn’t want great sex with two amazing guys. But, still, sometimes I wonder…it just sometimes feels like something is missing.” He shook his head and leaned toward her. “Nothing is missing. Everyone, in any kind of relationship, sometimes wonders if something is missing. That’s because life can never offer us everything. We choose what’s most important to us and accept that there are some things we’ll never have. If you have some romantic notion about getting everything without giving up anything, you’ll always be disappointed. Life isn’t about perfect happy endings. They just don’t exist. It’s about choosing. And then about giving up what we don’t choose.” She thought about his words and then nodded slowly. “Yeah. I know you’re right about that. But don’t you ever want to be close to us—with more than just your body.”
About Claire Kent:
Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she's not writing, she teaches English at the university level.
She also writes contemporary romance under the penname Noelle Adams.
Review: Foreshadowed - Book #2 The Crimson Bond Series - Erika Trevathan - February 2013
Every now and again I like to go through my Kindle and read books that have been sitting there for like ever as with new books that I want being released every day , the older books keep going down the list on the Kindle. After being in a reading slump for four days, I needed something to sink my teeth into and to spark my energy for book reading - so up came Foreshadowed - a vampire novel. Now I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this, as I have gone off Vampires a bit but people I loved this book and it was such an easy read. The best thing too is that even though this was Book #2 in the series, I didn't have to read Book #1 to understand the story as you were able to get the gist of the background of the tale. In Foreshadowed the main characters Brooke and Alex have just married and it seems that Brooke who Alex turned is on the run from the Romanians and a particular vampire called Lucian who will do everything in his power to have her under his command including kidnapping and leaving Brooke's best friend Anna near-death. It does seem though that Brooke is a magnet for trouble as her ex-boyfriend and longtime friend Brad has joined a group of Vampire Hunters - will he turn on Brooke now that she is one of the Hunted ? Or will Brad realise that not all Vampires are Evil and deep down despite now being a Vampire, she is the same Brooke is has known all their lives ?
Find out in Foreshadowed by Erika Trevathan . A quick and easy Vampire read and perfect if you are wanting to take a break from all that New Adult and Contemporary Romance floating about currently.
Review: The Asylum for Fairy Tale Creatures - Sebastian Gregory - June 2014
As a fan of fairytales and renditions, and of course everything insane and mental institutions - how on earth could I pass up the opportunity to read this book . Everything from the title and cover picture to the blurb screamed an awesome and funny yet intriguing book and readers this book was totally cool. The Asylum for Fairy Tale Creatures starts off with the introduction in each sort-of short story with a fairy tale creature and how they ended up being carted off to the mental asylum from the three blind mice who became serial killers after running around and chopping the toes off farmer's wives to Cinderella who ended up so delusional and in her head that she actually believed she was wearing a beautiful dress instead of smelly old rubbish to Little Red Riding Hood who was convinced by the Doctor's and those around her that she had made up the wolf and in fact she really was the one to kill her Grandmother. The creatures are then carted off to the Asylum where they meet the Dr. Grimm and read as they plan their escape from the Asylum as they aren't "really" crazy just misunderstood - right ? Nope , wrong - this book isn't called The Asylum for Fairy Tale Creatures for nothing. This book is also one that I could really see being made into either a TV series or a Movie.
Tessa Benson is lost. The most important person in her life is dead. And everyone she loves left with him. She’s doing everything she can to mask her pain. Even if it means traveling down the road of destruction.
Dawson Thomas has loved her for years. But she's his dead best friend’s sister. He made a promise to stay away from her. He also promised to always protect her. She’s destroying herself and time is running out. Will he hurt her by keeping his word or break it to save her?
Life sometimes gives you a fork in the road and doesn’t give you a hint of which direction to take. There’s no signs, no arrows, no neon lights to help. Luckily, Samantha Beckman chose the right path years ago and escaped from the horrors of her childhood. Along with her best friend, Jess, she lives a wonderful life—happy and carefree just as any twenty six year old should.
Opportunity arises when Samantha lands the job of a lifetime as the COO’s executive assistant for North Carolina’s leading corporation, Weston Company.
Yet, not everything is as it seems. Samantha soon learns Mr. Eye Candy from the elevator isn’t who he says he is, the sexy construction worker isn’t what she thought he was, and don’t forget about her new unwanted and clever stalker. Maybe her life isn’t as simple as she hoped it would be.
Caught in the sights of two men and a stalker, Samantha is forced to decide between flight and fight, fear over strength. Will she be able to take the right path again, or has her luck finally run out?
Genre Contemporary Romance Thriller
Expected Publication Date November 4th 2014
I take a step to the side when the elevator chimes, stopping on the fifth floor. The doors open to the most gorgeous man I’ve ever laid eyes on. He’s a tall, dark brown haired angel wearing a perfectly tailored charcoal grey suit with a crisp white shirt and a grey striped tie with his hands in his pockets. His clean shaven, chiseled jawline shifts slightly when his lips curl into a sexy knowing smile, creating dimples that ignite an ache between my legs. My breath catches at the most mesmerizing set of azure blue eyes piercing into me. This man knows his eyes are capable of giving women multiple orgasms with just one look, and he’s not afraid to use them.
He steps in giving me a slight nod. “New here?” he asks, his voice silky.
I blink, realizing I’ve just been busted staring…at his mouth, his eyes, his drop dead gorgeous face. He probably thinks I’m a creep. Before I can answer, the smell of his woodsy mandarin cologne mixed with soap engulfs my body provoking succulent thoughts. It’s enticing and sexy, and I want it all over me and my sheets.
“Yes, sir,” I say on unsteady legs.
“Welcome to the company. I’m sure I’ll see you around.” He smirks as he exits the elevator, knowing damn good and well what he’s doing. The heat that spread throughout my body, I now feel on my cheeks.
I say nothing. I can’t. My poor brain can’t form words. My lungs hurt from the lack of oxygen, and my mouth is slack jawed. Dammit.
As I’m thumbing through the papers in my hands, the elevator doors slide open. Before I can even look up, I run right into a solid wall of muscle making me spill my coffee.
“Oh! I’m so sorry.” I wipe away the droplets of coffee on the blue jacket. “I didn’t mean to spill my coffee on…” When my eyes find their way up to the pleasant face of the suit’s owner, I’m mortified. Out of all the employees that work here, I’ve run into Mr. Eye Candy from the elevator yesterday. “You?” I exhale.
Excitement flickers in his blue eyes. Dimples appear from a victorious smile. My insides clench.
“I knew I needed coffee this morning,” he chuckles, not easing my embarrassment one bit.
“I really am sorry.”
He steps into the elevator, turning around with a megawatt, sexy as hell smile and a wet coffee stain, “No worries.”
I shake my head when the doors close eliminating the incredible view of him. “Seriously? That just happened.” I tell myself under my breath. Over slept, then practically scalded Mr. Eye Candy into a wet suit contest…this day cannot possibly get any worse.
About the Author
New independent author, TC Matson, loves to let her characters voices be heard. With a head full of stories, she puts her keyboard through a beating daily. Regularly she visits the solidity of her writing cave, whether it be on the couch, at her desk, or wherever the three year old can’t reach the laptop. Currently she is publishing her debut novel, Mistaken Identity that’s set to storm the web in the fall of 2014.
She is an avid reader and is known to devour books within hours. As a romance junkie, Matson sets her sights to try to find stories that are relatable and real. She’s not a fan of vampires, fairies, or any other out of this world fiction stories. And understanding that love isn’t always instant and full of flowers…her writing mirrors it.
Matson resides in the peaceful piedmont area of North Carolina with her husband and three boys where she stays hopped up on caffeine and chasing children. She has a relatively normal life managing her home, or as she calls it, her looney bin. Chaos is indefinite and a sense of humor is absolutely a must.
Review: Hidden Falls - #Episode 5 - The Mayor's Quandary - February 2014
It seems more mayhem is a foot as the Mayor has had her own shop broken into and is trying to clean up and get on with her way , but it seems that this incident is only spurring the town of Hidden Falls into more panic as first their beloved teacher and dear friend Quinn disappears and now the Mayor Sylvia's shop has been broken into , but that's not all as Dani - cousin of Cooper and Liam and a bit of a recluse has had her boat damaged and destroyed. It seems that the town's sheriffs department is no closer to finding Quinn than before and now Nicole who was hoping to put her journalistic skills to the test has ended up with a broken ankle and in a cast, holed up at Lauren's apartment. Remember how Liam has been having all that financial trouble when he discovered that he had somehow spent over $70'000 of his client's money, well somebody knows and has left him a lovely little note telling him to meet him at Birch Bend. Who knows Liam's secret and has it got anything to do with Quinn and his disappearance ?
Find out in Episode #5 of Olivia Newport's serial "Hidden Falls".
Olivia Dare, executive
director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director Dylan Rhodes share more
than just a passion for football. Their chemistry is explosive -- their
feelings for each other intense. Yet Olivia has ended things for reasons he
still can’t fathom and she won’t explain.
Unwilling to let
something special go so easily, Dylan has been pursuing Olivia ever since. When
the Pro-Bowl takes them to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, Dylan is determined
to make sure their time together isn’t all business. What happens in paradise
is life altering but once Olivia admits her deepest secret and fear, will Dylan
still want the forever he’s been pushing for?
around the now empty room before speaking. “I realize I’m in no position to
judge relationships in the work place.”
considering Ian had pursed his now-wife, Riley, brought her into the business,
and promoted her, Dylan thought.
Olivia … “There is no relationship.”
want there to be one. And my sister isn’t cooperating. Am I right?”
didn’t reply, Ian continued. “I saw you two in the hallway. At the party.”
out a long breath. “Not that I owe you an explanation but nothing happened.” He
ran a hand over his goatee, buying time.
I saw the kiss.”
inclined his head. “Fine.”
He knew Ian
was overprotective of his sisters. He even understood the man’s reasons. For
that reason alone, Dylan wouldn’t lose his temper now.
you’re my friend. More than that, I respect you as my boss. But whatever is or
isn’t going on with me and Olivia … that’s none of your business.”
him through his infamous narrowed gaze, assessing him, causing Dylan to
straighten his shoulders and meet his stare head on.
his throat. “My sister is tough on the outside but she’s … more fragile
inside,” he said, clearly considering his words carefully.
point?” Dylan asked the other man.
with her head or her heart.”
inclined his head. Unknowingly, Ian had just reaffirmed that whatever kept
Olivia at arms length, it had nothing to do with business. If anything, she
felt too much or she wouldn’t have run.
luck in Hawaii,” Ian said, turned and walked out the door, leaving Dylan alone
to strategize his next step.
the type to give up on something he wanted. He’d been too soft with Olivia,
giving her space, figuring she’d give in to chemistry eventually. Obviously
that wasn’t going to happen. He needed to take control and should have done it
sooner. Where better than the tropical paradise of Hawaii to make his
intentions crystal clear.
were going to Hawaii on business, but she was interested in enjoying the
island. They were staying in the same hotel and attending the same events. That
added up to opportunity and Dylan wasn’t above taking advantage if it meant
getting what he wanted. And he wanted Olivia.
New York Times and USA Today
Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today
Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance
novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year
career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to
Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace
at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in
January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with
her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her
Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and
a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to
interact with her readers.
When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.
Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s dominance might just cost her everything. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all -- an all-star football career and his choice of willing women -- until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn't impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests.
This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily. But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love?
After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible. Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good. A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?
Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?