Wicked Deception

Wicked Deception
Patti O’Shea
(The Paladin League, #4)
Publication date: August 15th 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense


Special Forces Sgt. Kyle Winter’s vow to stay far away from the nun he can’t get out of his head is blown to pieces when he’s assigned to work undercover at the convent. The arms dealer his team is after has been showing too much interest in the place and his captain wants to know why. How hard can it be to avoid Sister Sexy anyway?

Marianna Castillo is desperate. So desperate, she’s disguised herself as a nun, and hidden in a convent. She’s been running for more than two years, staying one step ahead of the arms dealer trying to kill her. He can’t allow her to live, not when she knows a secret that can destroy him. And now he’s watching the convent.

Mari needs help, but the person with the skills to keep her safe can’t be trusted. A mercenary’s loyalty is always for sale to the highest bidder, and the man who wants her dead can pay him a fortune.

But as the arms dealer closes in, she has to make a choice. Keep running or trust Kyle to fight beside her to reclaim her life.


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Trujillo, Puerto Jardin
South America

After finishing his sandwich, Kyle quietly sipped his coffee and waited. There was no guarantee she’d be here today. Just because he’d seen her on a Thursday didn’t mean anything. The nuns probably came to the open-air market multiple times a week. Maybe they had a rotation and there was no telling which day would be assigned to her. Maybe she rarely drew market duty.

Maybe, but Kyle was here anyway.

He shouldn’t be doing this. Not only because his captain would be irate, but because he was attracted to her. Very attracted.

Nothing would come of it. He’d been raised in Catholic boarding schools across South America and respected the sisters. He might have stopped going to mass after his father died, but Kyle hadn’t strayed so far that he’d make a play for a nun.

No, he was here because he was sure she was in trouble. When she’d looked around the market three weeks ago, there’d been terror in her eyes. Something scared her to death and he wanted to know what.

And he wanted to help.

Kyle wasn’t like his buddy, Griff. He didn’t rush to every woman’s rescue. But he did have a soft spot for nuns.

Sweat ran down his cheek, and he absently wiped it away. He was dressed in camo fatigue pants, combat boots, an olive-drab T-shirt with a long-sleeved camouflage shirt to hide his weapons, and the dark green Toros baseball cap he’d appropriated from Griff’s woman when she’d left for the States. It wouldn’t matter what he wore, though. It was hot.

Trujillo was close enough to the equator and the tropical rainforest that drinking coffee wasn’t a pleasure. He sipped anyway because it gave him a reason to be sitting in the market, and because he was addicted to caffeine.

The place became busier as it got closer to lunch, but still no sign of the nuns. Kyle was reasonably certain she was part of La Convento de Madres Fieles. It was the nearest abbey to the market, and it sure looked as if the sisters walked here to shop.

He bought a second coffee. Another half hour passed. He was about to give up when he saw the flash of black in his peripheral vision. Kyle turned. The nuns were at the market, but they were too far away to know if his sister was part of the trio.

They wore short tunics again, ending above their knees—not too surprising given the heat—but they had full coifs and veils, and were carrying string bags. He felt for them. They must be more uncomfortable than he was.

Keeping them in the edge of his vision, Kyle turned his attention toward the produce stall across from his position. If today was like the previous weeks, they’d head there to buy their fruit, and he didn’t want to show interest in them.

They grew closer. His nun was one of the sisters today.

Again, her legs were the first thing he noticed, and he had to force his gaze to her face. He guessed she was in her mid-twenties. In the US, it might be surprising, but not in Puerto Jardin where many young women went into the church. One of her group said something and she smiled briefly.

He forgot to breathe. Even without makeup, she was beautiful. High cheekbones, big, dark eyes, and full, kissable lips. Easily one of the most stunning women he’d ever laid eyes on.

None of the nuns he’d had in school looked like her.

Author Bio:

Patti O’Shea’s passions are writing, airplanes and traveling. Fortunately, she’s been able to enjoy all three. After receiving a degree in advertising copywriting, she took a job with a major U.S. airline and now works in 757 Engineering. Besides teaching her about the planes she loves, it’s given her an opportunity to travel to places like Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Writing, though, remains her primary love. Patti created her first romance when she was in junior high school and has been hooked ever since. She should have figured out she was a writer years earlier, however, since her dolls had such involved lives, complete with goals, motivation and conflict.

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Sounds Like Love

Sounds Like Love

by Laura Ford

Genre: YA Fiction, Coming Of Age

Wendy is a bright spark who wants to find love and travel the world, but she questions how her dreams can become a reality as her world changes around her.

When Wendy arrives at her beloved grandmother’s house to collect a box of keepsakes, she picks up more than she bargained for – a green-eyed tabby cat with amazing qualities. This is just the start of a high-speed adventure, leading Wendy towards bright new horizons… if only she’ll give the cat a chance…

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A wonderful story . . . Author Laura Ford does a fantastic job of creating a story that flows well and keeps the reader captivated from beginning to end.’

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A tender, engaging narrative intended to inspire positivity in the face of adversity.’

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Sounds Like Love offers readers an engaging story of a cat that holds unexpectedly special abilities, a grandchild learning to care for a pet while missing a significant person in her life, and an emotional roller coaster of love, empathy, and revised connections that stem from their relationship.’

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Laura Ford writes novels, short stories and poems across a wide range of human and animal experience. As Laura is an avid cat lover, a number of special felines tend to find their way into Laura’s stories as well.

Laura graduated with an honours degree in British law while also writing fiction in parallel. Now based in California with her husband and two beguiling Siamese cats, Laura most enjoys using her imagination and memories to paint vivid stories. An avid traveler and seeker, Laura is always exploring new concepts for more stories to come.

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The Reckless Union

The Reckless Union
Monica Murphy
(Arranged Marriage, #3)
Publication date: August 16th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Our marriage may look like a fairytale, but outside forces threaten to tear us apart. Don’t they realize that nothing will keep me apart from Charlotte? Not my family. Not hers either.

What started out as a relationship in name only has evolved into something much more. Something deeper. And when Charlotte is taken from me, I launch into action, determined to rescue her.

She’s mine. Nothing is going to stop me from being with her.

Not a damn thing.

Welcome to the Midnight Dynasty… The warring Morelli and Constantine families have enough bad blood to fill an ocean, and their brand new stories will be told by your favorite dangerous romance authors.

WARNING: This book is intended for readers eighteen years old and over. It contains material that some readers could find disturbing. Enter at your own risk…


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Perry

All I want to do is take care of Charlotte, but I don’t know how.

Instead, I wait for her cues, watching her carefully as we walk through the lobby, her gaze zipping everywhere, as if she fully expects that jackass to jump out of a dark corner and snatch her from me. Thanks to the late hour, the lobby is quiet and empty. Only a single security guard is on shift and he nods at the both of us as we walk past the desk he sits behind, completely oblivious to the chaos from earlier.

Lucky guy.

The ride in the elevator is quiet. Charlotte’s face is tear streaked, her eyes red and her cheeks blotchy and I’m tempted to yank her into my arms. Hold her close and whisper words of comfort to her, but I don’t because what exactly would I say?

I’m at a complete loss, which is unlike me. I have something to say for every situation, but apparently, not this one.

We exit the elevator in silence and I unlock the apartment door. Doja comes running, a streak of furry black headed straight for her owner and Charlotte bends down to scoop the cat into her arms and hold her close.

“I missed you so much, Doja. I did,” Charlotte coos, Doja’s purring so loud she reminds me of the Chevelle’s engine.

“Oh, Miss Charlotte. You’re home.”

We both glance up to find Jasper standing in the middle of the living room, his hand resting on his chest, over his heart. Looking ready to keel over in utter relief. They lock eyes and Charlotte bursts into tears, scurrying over to him so he can hug both her and Doja close, offering comfort in murmured words and fatherly squeezes.

I watch them, still at a loss, envious of the easy relationship they share, which is ridiculous on my part. He’s her butler and familiar to her, but he’s also more than that. He’s the parental figure she never really got from her actual father growing up. Jasper is the one man she could count on. The one who took care of her from a young age. Who watched over her and made sure she was always safe.

I bet he hates that she ran off to Paris and had such a disastrous experience with that McFucker. He might even hate that dude as much as I do. Jasper and I, we have a lot in common.

We always want the best for Charlotte.

“Shall I draw a bath for you?” Jasper asks her at one point, minutes after they’ve finally withdrawn from each other and she’s still cuddling with Doja. I shake my head at him.

“I’ll take care of her tonight. You go get some rest,” I tell him.

Jasper sends me an appreciative look. “Thank you, sir, for finding her. I was worried. And guilt ridden.”

“Oh Jasper.” Charlotte wraps him up in another hug, holding him close with Doja wedged between them before she releases him. “Don’t feel guilty. I was the dumb one who went down to meet Seamus without my phone.”

I visibly flinch at her saying his name out loud and it’s as if she realizes it a second too late, her guilty glance flitting to mine before she looks away.

“And without me,” Jasper reminds her.

That old softy would’ve tipped right over the moment McFartlick grabbed Charlotte but I just smile and humor him. I don’t want him feeling guilty. It’s not his fault Charlotte was abducted, even though he blames himself.

I take a lot of that blame too. I should’ve come early. Why did I think Jasper could protect her? He’s done a pretty solid job so far, but she’s never dealt with a serious threat before.

And that asshole who used and abused her and fucking abducted her is a serious damn threat.

Author Bio:

Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their four cats and one crazy dog. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to sometimes putting her characters through tough, angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

Monica is also known as USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson (http://karenerickson.com).

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Accidentally Perfect

Accidentally Perfect
Marissa Clarke
(Hideaway Harbor, #1)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: March 1st 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Workaholic Lillian Mahoney has given everything to her job. The hugely popular lifestyle show she helped create monopolizes her time, energy, creativity, and anything remotely resembling a life. But all it takes is the show’s womanizing, egomaniac star throwing a massive hissy on live TV to utterly implode Lillian’s career in a New York minute.

Now Lillian’s hiding out in the gorgeous and completely unknown seaside village of Blink, Maine. Out of gas. A stolen wallet. A broken heel. And worse, she’s somehow managed to completely piss off the town’s resident hunk, Caleb Wright. She’ll show that hot, grumpy single father exactly what she’s made of.

But Blink isn’t quite what Lillian expects—and neither is Caleb…or his feisty teen daughter she can’t help but love. And while her entire life and career are in shreds, Lillian might just discover what happens when she gives her bad first impression a second chance.

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“Good morning,” Caleb said, taking a step closer to her.

Lillian smiled and brushed some hair back off her forehead. “Good morning. This place is really nice. You built it?”

It was pretty basic. Nothing fancy, but it was well-built and clean. “I had a lot of help, and the residents of Blink raised the funds, but yes. I did a good part of the work,” he said.

She looked him up and down. “And here I thought you were just eye candy.”

“Only if you have a sweet tooth.” He hadn’t known what to expect after the kiss on her porch, but he and his rapidly heating body loved her teasing.

She put her hands on her hips. “Why, Grumpy Caleb. If I didn’t know better, I’d think you had a sense of humor.”

“I have a lot of things. Wanna see?”

Blush flushed from her neck all the way to where her hairline began. He loved this side of her. All-business Lillian liked a good flirt. He was happy to oblige. “Grumpy Caleb?”

“That shoe seems to fit,” she said as she strode toward the kitchen with a grin. He followed.

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Marissa Clarke is a multi-award-winning, RITA nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with her ever-patient husband, two cantankerous Cairn Terriers, and an abundance of bossy chickens.
She loves to hear from readers, so please reach out through social media or on the contact form on her website, http://www.marissaclarke.com

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Conversations with Ayahuasca

Conversations With Ayahuasca

The Last Resort

by Ol Serbon

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir, Spiritual Realism

When all known roads lead to a dead end, it is time to explore the unknowable.

In Conversations with Ayahuasca, author Ol Serbon describes how a series of four annual journeys to the Amazon jungle to partake in Indigenous shamanic ceremonies involving the entheogenic beverage ayahuasca were a catalyst for healing issues in her life and body that were troubling her and entirely altering her perception of reality.

A powerful spiritual guide, Aya, introduced herself to Serbon and invited her to tour what appeared to be alternate dimensions and strange landscapes, like a vast underground city of plants. She also time traveled to an ancient civilization on Earth, perhaps Lemuria, and found evidence of an even more ancient civilization than that, indicating history repeats itself in broad cycles as do our souls. These dreamlike adventures revealed how our consciousness, focus, and resonant frequency shape the form that the world around us takes.

Back at home, Serbon developed a daily meditative practice for putting herself into the right state to receive visions and messages from Aya. Sitting on the deck at her house in a light trance, she would type lessons into her laptop about the arts of dream riding and manifestation, and warnings about impending dangers related to advances in technology, such as integrating AI into human physiology.

Feeling intuitively drawn to India, at last she searched for an enlightened sage who could help her make sense of her experiences.

Her story belongs to everyone in our generation.

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Ol Serbon is a pen name. The names I have used in the past, the places where I’ve lived, the things I have done, the little achievements I can claim, the degrees I have earned, and the titles I have held don’t define me. The truth is that none of it defines me. I am an ever-changing, consciously evolving consciousness. This is how I perceive myself.

Originally from Russia, I grew up behind the “Iron Curtain” dreaming about one day living life to its fullest. At the age of nineteen, I came to America, thrilled about finally reaching the “Land of the Free.” I embraced the idea of the American Dream with my whole heart, and for some time I thought that I was living that dream, until my reality began showing cracks.

On the outside, my life seemed perfect. I graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude with the intention to go to medical school, I got married, and I did what I most loved to do: I danced. But after volunteering at a cancer research center, my vision about western medicine began to fall apart. Things didn’t add up. Confused, I decided to take a year off and ponder my decision about going into medicine. I continued dancing and I never looked back.

As a dancer, I traveled the world, competed, performed, and taught dancing. I built a successful business out of my passion. A rare blessing in a world where most people do what they dislike just to make ends meet. Soon, however, my personal relationships and my health spun out of control. Devastated, I started searching for new ways to heal my body and mind. Among other things, books by Carlos Castaneda appeared. Then, after trying all conventional methods, I decided to give la madre ayahuasca a chance. It was my last resort.

Finally, in 2016, I found my way to the Amazon jungle. The rest of my story is in my book.

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Tangled Vines Boxset, Volume One: A Paranormal Shifter Romance

Come visit the Packs of Tangled Vines… where the men are sexy beasts, their women are independent and sparks fly.

The new exciting series by USA Today Bestselling Author Delta James. Set amid the wine country all along the western coast of the United States, a group of ruthless Hunters has vowed to eradicate the wolf packs of the vineyards of the Pacific Coast. Join Delta as she takes you for a dazzling ride across the globe where alpha wolves find, claim, protect and cherish their fated mates.

If you like she-wolves who like to cause trouble, commanding men who think to tame them, and the sparks that fly when they clash you’ll love USA Today’s Best Selling Author Delta James’ intriguing shifters

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5.0 out of 5 stars HARVEST--CORKED--UNCORKED--DECANTED
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2022
Harvest: Tangled Vines (prequel)
Xander and Stephanie
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, two wolf shifters meeting, realizing they are fated mates, which she will fight, but never wins. But then, beyond how they come together, accept fate, and the relationship, the story is new. This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards.
Stephanie Savik is a human, turned wolf against her will, but she accepts what has happened after a year. She has lived under the protection of the DeMedici pack with Marco as her alpha. But, it is time for her to enter a new chapter in her life; training as a vintner, she is moving to California's wine country to work with Evan as an assistant vintner.
Alexander "Xander" Charles was under Damian Steele's command in the military, and when he sustained a life-threatening injury, Damian turned him to save him. Now, he is the Beta of the Luna de Lobo pack. He is also a Master at Torch Light, a BDSM club.
The story will have Stephanie traveling from Italy to California, planning to stay a day in the city, attending club Torch Light, and then on to her new position and pack. What a shock when she is getting settled in at Torch Light and in walks Master Alex—both know the feelings mean their 'fated mate' is nearby. Once Alex sees and talks with Stephanie, no one else will touch his mate—they agree to scene together, and no matter what Stephanie thinks she can manipulate, Alex is one step ahead of her.
"Are we negotiating, or do you just lay down what you want like the big bad wolf?"
"I do have eyes that see you better than most, and part of what I will require does involve my eating you up."
"Xander enjoyed her spirit. She was going to be a challenge, but then he liked a good challenge, especially one that had her figure and whose arousal smelled as sweet as hers did. "I'm going to ask you one last time for your safeword. If I don't get it, I'll assume you have none. You should know, little wolf," he whispered, "I can feel the same thing and mean to claim you as mine. Watch how you speak to me, mate."
"You're awfully confident for a Dom who knows nothing about me."
"I know everything I need to know. You are my fated mate, and you will take your vows to me—one way or another. Mine is the last voice you will hear before succumbing to me."
OMG, I love the angst, the chemistry, the erotic passion between Stephanie and Xander. While this wasn't something she wanted, she also has been around others and knows that "fated-mates" are not something that can be denied or ignored—she knows that they are fated mates and fight it or not, she won't win—so she accepts the fact and enjoys the ride.
"One of the things I learned from what happened to me was that nothing in life is certain and that when something good comes along, you have to grab it with both hands and hang on."
The story is a fast-paced tale, a spin-off from the Wayward Mates series, and has several people from that series. It also will take place in America but will have ties with Europe. There is trouble brewing, Hunters coming, and she-wolves are the target. I can't wait for the next book out later this month.

Corked: Tangled Vines
LINC AND GRACE
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, but this one will involve a human and a wolf. Lincoln Steele is an Alpha, but not over a pack—yet, not a lone wolf. When he meets Grace Marlow, not only is he impressed with her credentials as a chef, he learns she is also a submissive and wants to play at Torch Light—she is his fated mate. Grace is human, and that isn't going to stop Linc—he will wine and dine her and win her over.
This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards, and in this story, it will have Grace applying to be executive chef for both Lobo Bahia and Torch Light for the Steele brothers.
Linc: "I think I've found our head chef. She's human. She's also my fated mate. No admonition that I should seek another—that turning a human needs her consent and is not for the faint of heart."
Damian: "Look, Linc, consent can be interpreted in many ways. Most of the best pack mistresses had to be persuaded to one degree or another—Skylar Grainger, Catherine DeMedici, Riley Nichols. Then go get your mate, little brother."
Linc and Grace will conclude their business with him, making her an offer, and she will accept; then later, she will meet him at Torch Light. Linc puts the word out that no other Dom will be involved with her—she is his. They will scene together, which is detailed in the story, and then he takes her home.
The chemistry between these two is instant for both of them. Not only do they pair up well as Dom and sub, but as a couple. But, then there is the danger of the Hunters, and before Linc has a chance to wine and dine her, to win her over, she is kidnapped so that they can destroy him. So the story has plenty of angst, danger, along with passion and romance. There are the D/s between them, but also a spanking scene and intense sex scenes. Unlike some fated mates, Grace learns what fated mates mean and what will take place, and she is willing to accept his claim and make her vows.
"Oooh, great sex and courting. I may have hit the jackpot. Careful big guy, I could fall hard for you. I feel like I've been waiting for you my whole life."
"I feel the same way about you, Butter?"
The story is a fast-paced tale, a spin-off from the Wayward Mates series, and has several people from that series. It also will take place in America but will have mentions of Europe. There is trouble brewing, Hunters coming, and she-wolves are the target.

Uncorked: Tangled Vines
DAMIAN AND KINZIE
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, two wolf shifters meeting, realizing they are fated mates, which she will fight, but never wins. But then, beyond how they come together, accept fate, and the relationship, the story is new. This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards.
Kinzie Edwards lives in Paris is a freelance reporter for various food and wine publications. She has gone to Florence, Italy, to meet her sister and brother-in-law, Kayla and Evan, and then travel to DeMedici villa. Kinzie and Kayla are identical twins—but one is now a she-wolf, and the other does not know. As they travel, their driver notices something is wrong with the car and instructs them to prepare to jump when he gives them the signal.
"One moment she'd been happy, talking to the driver, the road safe, the day sunny. All of that was shattered when she'd heard Kayla scream and an ear-splitting blast echoed all around her. In that fraction of a second, her world was torn apart."
When Damian and the Luna de Lobo pack are informed that Evan and Kayla did not make it to their destination, the driver and car not found he will immediately head to Italy. Arriving, he feels a call, a pull, and with a helicopter team, he sees the blast site. What appeared to be his two friends, Evan and Kayla, another woman, is unrecognizable. But when he hears a moan, he realizes that 'Kayla' is still alive and a medical team brought in. Damian is called to Kayla—but that is odd; he's known her for years and never felt this way. During her recovery—he will not leave her and eventually returns her to their pack.
"Her soul recognized his in a way she'd dismissed when her sister proclaimed Evan to be her soul mate. Whoever this man was, he provided her a tenuous hold onto her life and eased her suffering."
The plot of this story is heart-wrenching as death comes to not one but two packs. To learn that Kinzie survived and, in many ways, Evan saved her life before dying. Damian has now met and claimed his fated-mate, but she wants nothing to do with him or his claim.
"She briefly wondered how she'd fallen through the looking glass and what might lie on the other side."
"I am your lord and alpha. My word is law for you and the rest of our pack. I miss them, too. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose a twin. Then to wake up after a horrible attack to find your DNA has been over-written without your knowledge, and you're called to a fated mate, a concept completely foreign to you."
The story is a fast-paced tale, a spin-off from the Wayward Mates series, and has several people from that series. It also will take place in America and Europe. There is trouble brewing, Hunters attacking, and she-wolves are the target. Kinzie will come face-to-face with danger, fights off one attacker, and has words with another Hunter.
I love the angst, the chemistry, the erotic passion between Damian and Kinzie. While this wasn't something she wanted, and new to her, she knows how Evan and Kayla were soul-mates and learns that "fated-mates" are not something that can be denied or ignored—she knows that they are fated mates and fight it or not, she won't win—so eventually she'll accept the fact and enjoys the ride—but not before she goes on a merry chase.
"Kinzie knew this wasn't lovemaking; there would be time enough for that later. Right now, she understood his need to dominate her, to ensure she acquiesced and submitted to him in all things."
"I had a very wise woman point out to me that happiness was standing right in front of me if only I had the courage to reach out and take it."
The good, the bad, and the ugly play their roles. Kinzie must accept that her life has changed, her DNA has changed, her sister is gone, but she has a new life and happiness to be found, if she will only open her heart and soul. Damian held out for a fated-mate and will do whatever it takes to keep her and make her happy. The hunters are bold, and now they have a few names and faces to add to their intel.
"You old flame is about to find out what happens when a Hunter becomes one of the hunted."
The story does have power exchange, male dominance, feisty females, who eventually learn submission is powerful. There are explicit scenes and discipline. While the story does not end on a cliffhanger, it does give us insight into the next book.

Decanted: Tangled Vines
HUDSON AND SHASTA
As a fan of Ms. Delta James' Wayward Mates series, there are many similarities in the storyline, two wolf shifters meeting, realizing they are fated mates, which she will fight, but never wins. But then, beyond how they come together, accept fate, and the relationship, the story is new. This new series, Tangled Vines, will also revolve around vineyards.
Shasta Warren, daughter of Artemis Warren, sent her to Sonoma Pack because he was tired of dealing with her. She has earned a reputation of being difficult, but Xander Charles, from Sonoma, shows her kindness compared to her father's Beta. When she goes to the Sonoma Pack, she is a bitter she-wolf, uncooperative, but she isn't mistreated.
Hudson Rhodes has recently ended his military time as a Navy SEAL and is ready to take his rightful place as Alpha of Coronado—removing his older brother, Miles, and his mate, Chelsea. After he sets things right again, he will be going to Damian's for a meeting of other Alphas to discuss the issues with the hunters. What a surprise when he arrives and can smell her—his fated mate.
"Hudson had finally found her. His fated mate was here."
The plot begins with a group of Alphas coming together at Sonoma Pack and having Shasta use their businesses to attempt to make her escape. She may get away on Zeus, Damian's stallion, but once Hudson catches her sent, he is in pursuit, going a different route provided to claim his fated mate. The story has plenty of angst, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and danger. Before Hudson can claim Shasta, they will come under attack by Hunters, and he is injured helping her escape. Shasta will direct others to his location, and while she might be able to slip away, she doesn't; she waits for Hudson—for the medics—and then must decide her future.
"I'm not afraid of the big bad wolf because I am one."
"I won't be playing. When being punished, your likes are not high on my list of concerns. I'm going to take fiendish delight in the way I deliciously discipline you."
"But who will save you from me? And will I be safe there"
"Always, my fierce, beautiful, courageous fated mate. Always."
The good, the bad, and the ugly play their roles. While Shasta would rather be by herself, a lone she-wolf, especially with the danger of the Hunters, is foolish. There is something about Hudson that calls to her, she watched him risk his life to save hers, and he treats her well. But that isn't enough for her to slip away while he is recovering—or him to come to NOLA and find her. The Hunters are becoming more brazen, and the risk is high—but maybe, just maybe, Shasta will be able to convince one of them that they are being played.
"I once thought I wanted no wolf at all. But a wise friend once told me that when happiness with your fated mate presents itself, you are a fool to turn away." –Darby
"Shasta, I want you to know that not only do I recognize the gift you gave me, but I will cherish it always."
"I'm thankful to have a mate who knows me so well, but still chooses to be with me."
"I have no choice, but even if I did, I would always choose to love you and call you mine."
The story does have power exchange, male dominance, feisty females, who eventually learn submission is powerful. There are explicit scenes and discipline. While this story does not end on a cliffhanger, several people mentioned in it will have their own story next.
	Rhonda Hicks
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2022
Whether you've read each individual book as they were published or you've been waiting on the series to come out in a box set so you didn't have to wait between books, now is your chance to get this captivating series in its entirety. Volume One includes:
Set includes:

Harvest (prequel 1 never previously published)
'Harvest' is the first prequel in Delta James' new series "Tangled Vines" and if the rest of the series is as good as this book, then I just know it's going to be one heck of a ride! We immediately start with a scene where Stephanie and her sister were being chased by so many they finally split up thinking that would help. Stephanie wound up being chased by three men and two wolves into the dead-end of an alley. Just when it came to the climax of the scenario Stephanie wakes up. Was it a dream or her reliving a memory? Remember this is a quick, easy read prequel so I don't want to give away too much. Both women are members of the DeMedici pack in Tuscany and Stephanie has been hired as the assistant vintner for the Luna de Lobo pack in San Francisco which also gave her a new pack of family and alpha. Making the move has given her WAY more than she bargained or anticipated. All she was going to do was go to the local BDSM club for some stress relief before checking in with the new alpha. Instead, to her dismay, she meets her fated mate! I loved the book and can't wait for what promises to be a phenomenal series!

Corked (prequel 2)
Grace had won an international cooking contest last year and after a year of working at Michelin star restaurants for additional experience and reputation, she's been offered the position of head chef at Lobo Bahia hotel and Torch Light, a BDSM club. Both were owned by Damian Steele, Alpha of the Sonoma Pack and head of the Luna de Lobo Vineyard in San Francisco, along with his younger brother Lincoln, aka Linc. Wonderful news, huh? Just two small problems with that statement. First, Grace is human and has no idea what the Steele brothers are. Second, while Damian is the romance between them and has always been looking and waiting for his fated mate, Linc has always believed fated mates were a myth that was used to coerce fractious she-wolves into pairings. Until he met and interviewed Grace. And lo and behold, it turned out it wasn't a myth after all. Grace was his fated mate. It gets a little more complicated when you add the fact that Linc had a tough time reintegrating himself into civilian life after he left Delta Force and encountered Hunters. They're a group of humans who knew of the existence of wolf-shifters and are dedicated to exterminating wolf-shifters. Ever since it has been Linc's mission to turn the tables on the Hunters and make them the hunted. He had already gone rogue at one point but Damian was afraid he'd go completely feral. That's why he introduced Linc to a BDSM club and that's where Linc found peace, pleasure, and the self-control he'd been missing since leaving Delta Force. This short, second prequel in the Tangle Vine series is as captivating as the first one and only makes me want the first book sooner

Uncorked
I, plus I'm sure so many others have been anticipating this book with patience I didn't realize I had and Delta James has delivered in spades! 'Uncorked' is the first book in her "Tangled Vines" series. If you've read the prequels or even just the blurb then you'll know there is an evil entity out there. The Hunters seem to be organizing in their quest to exterminate wolf-shifters. Kinzie, her twin sister Kayla, and Kayla's mate Evan were going to meet and visit the DeMedici Pack. On the way from the airport, a bomb had gone off, blowing up the car and throwing the driver and three passengers, ultimately killing all but Kinzie. There's a great deal of confusion because few know Kayla had a sister and even fewer knew she was an identical twin. So much intensity is displayed, whether it was loyalty, anger, fear, chemistry, or love amongst these characters. Then you have the intrigue and suspense of what's around the corner and what the Hunters are planning. I couldn't be more pleased with the start of this series and am highly anticipating the next book. Now if I can just wait without fidgeting.

Decanted
'Decanted' is Delta James's second book in her "Tangled Vines" series. That being said, if you haven't started it yet you have no idea what you're missing. This storyline starts off running and doesn't stop until the end of the book. Hudson was a Navy SEAL and just took his unit through their last mission before returning home to Colorado where he intends to reclaim his land and pack from his elder brother and his mate. After being used for his own personal gain, Shasta's father has kicked her out of the pack and sent to the Sonoma pack. Shasta has had enough and has decided she is not going to be an Alpha's mate and plaything. She's an Alpha in her own right and intends to keep her freedom at all costs. The rollercoaster of events and emotions as these two come together is riveting. The tension is explosive, both inside and out of the bedroom. Add in the fact that The Hunters have amped up their game and killed several of Hunter's pack alone, not counting the deaths from other packs and I found myself completely engulfed in this book. I can't wait to see what happens in book three, 'Breathe'.
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