Shadow of Fire

Shadow of Fire
Kate Schumacher
(The Fires of Aileryan, #1)
Publication date: May 5th 2022
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance


A potent power is about to be unleashed.
Forbidden and forged in flame.

Control over the elements is a gift from the Gods, but since the creation of the Rift, fire magic has been outlawed in Merawuld. The Rift is a source of mystery, fear, and, for some, a tempting source of power.

Ash is a fire caster who has spent years hiding her magic, but when her explosive powers reveal themselves she is imprisoned by the Mage Council. Ash’s powers are coveted by the High Mage, who seeks to use her as a pawn against not only his enemies, but his allies as well.

With the Bone Mother’s winter fast approaching, the fae Princess vows to fight against the corrupting influence of power, forming an alliance whose success rests on a human man’s desire for peace; a man who must decide if he will play the game he’s inherited or begin one of his own.

But in Aileryan, the Gods have their own plans. As the Mother of All turns the wheel of the year, the land is brought to the edge of war. Loyalty and courage will be sorely tested as paths intertwine and Fate plays her hand.

If Ash can’t learn to control her magic, the scheming of gods and mortals could spell doom for them all.


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Laeli jumped as the sound of steel striking steel cut through the night. She slipped into a crouch, buckling on her scabbard, sliding the twin swords against her back and crept to the opening of the cairn.

Bran shouted a single word. Run.

As wings of light fluttered across the dark pit of the sky, Laeli saw him, his lithe body ducking and weaving around a sword wielded by a tall man in a cloak of fur. Two dead men lay on the ground, Bran’s dagger protruding from a chest. As Laeli watched, Bran’s opponent crouched and swept his leg wide, catching Bran off guard. Her companion tumbled to the ground and, before he could get to his feet, a sword swung through the air in a precise arc.

Laeli stared in horror as Bran’s head was swiftly sliced from his body. Slowly, so slowly, it fell, toppling to the ground to bounce and roll away. Laeli’s dinner rose like a snake and she turned to the side and vomited.

The sky opened, and as veins of light cracked the black canvas of night, the man in furs looked up and saw her. His sword glinted as he approached, blood dripping hypnotically to the ground.

Bran’s blood; fae blood.

Without another thought, Laeli sprang from the cairn and sprinted for the safety of the forest. The trees reached for her, inviting her in; she bent her head and dove between their trunks, taking shelter in their branches, in the roots that snaked from the earth and the rocks and soft grass that spread across the forest floor. The sky ripped apart again, illuminating the trees, the forest bending and swaying in the fierce wind as the storm intensified.

She pushed on, running at a reckless pace that no human could match, until her lungs burned and she fell to her knees in a puddle of dirty water, her breath coming in pants that shook her to the bone. She was still a long way from the border, from safety.

Laeli took a deep breath, preparing to run again, but the point of a sword pressed into her spine.

‘Get up, Witch.’ The voice was low, husky, his breathing quick.

Author Bio:

KATE SCHUMACHER is a writer, mother and teacher. When she isn’t writing, she is reading her way through an ever-growing TBR pile. Kate has wanted to be an author since she was a child, when she used to write stories about her friends and ‘publish’ them with the help of a stapler. Kate completed a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Journalism, and an Honours degree in Screenwriting, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education. She currently works as a High School English and History teacher.

She lives in Northern NSW, Australia, with her partner, two children and three very spoiled cats. Shadow of Fire is her first published novel.

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Trace

Trace

Somnolence Book 2

by Ali Lucia Sky

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Magical Realism

 

From the moment Vivi Vanderloven set eyes on Trace Linton, she knew she wanted him. Getting him is another thing altogether.

Touring with Somnolence really is sex, drugs and rock and roll. But the two lovers are baring more than their bodies when they are together. Secrets are coming out and the two are telling truths they’ve never shared with anyone else.

But when Vivi’s past starts leaving her threatening texts and emails, can she keep the one secret she doesn’t want to share from ruining her future?

Trigger Warning:
This title is in the mature New Adult genre and meant for an audience of 18+ due to triggering situations such as PTSD, reference to sexual assault/rape, sexual situations including MF, MFM, light MM & light FF, profanity and substance abuse.

 

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Raiden

Somnolence Book 1

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Ali Lucia Sky is the author of The Powers That Be series. She lives in Southern California with her husband and a house full of kitty cats and a yard full of crows.

She loves laughing, drinking good coffee, vegan food, and supporting animal rescues.

When she isn’t writing or dreaming of new stories, she can be found planning her next vacation because traveling is life.

If you encounter her in the wild, don’t be offended if she should run away. She’s timid with strangers, but can be plied with shiny things and pictures of your cat or dog.

She’s a weirdo like that.

 

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The Women of Wayward Mates

While I was creating these images, I had the great pleasure of once again visiting each couple. I found things that I’d missed before. So, take a minute and revisit some old friends!

Reluctant Retiree

Brought to Heel

  • Name: Skylar Owens
  • Species: Wolf, Alpha female
  • Appearance: A rare woman—a tall redhead with an independent and fierce spirit. Her long hair was a mass of waves and half-formed curls. She had catlike green eyes, framed by long lashes set in a strong, but very feminine face.
  • Mate: Dylan Grainger, Alpha of Calon Gwyllt

Marked and Mated

  • Name: Darby Callan
  • Species: Wolf
  • Appearance: She was beautiful. Of medium height, she had beautiful pale blonde hair, blue eyes, and a decidedly feminine figure. Her breasts were a bit larger than average with enticing areolas and nipples. She had a lovely, rounded, firm bottom, a small waist, and long, lean legs.
  • Mate: Jean-Michel Gautier, Alpha of New Orleans

Mastering His Mate

  • Name: Rosalyn Kincanon
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human
  • Appearance: Tall, dark haired.
  • Mate: Oliver Halsey, Alpha of Hamptons

Taking His Mate

  • Name: Madeline Stone
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human
  • Appearance: The dark-haired woman was taller than Darby, but she had the same kind of lush figure. Her face was lovely with a smooth, pale ivory complexion and eyes the color of dark caramel. Her hourglass shape sat atop long, shapely legs. She had a casually elegant look with minimal makeup and her hair pulled back in a loose ponytail
  • Mate: Griffin Owen, Alpha of Bae Diogel

Claimed and Mated

  • Name: Catherine Livingston
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human
  • Appearance: She was beautiful—tall, blonde-haired, with piercing blue eyes. She had beautiful large breasts and a well-defined waist that curved outward to form hips made for bearing his children. And her ass was a thing of perfection.
  • Mate: Marco DeMedici, Alpha of Tuscany

Claimed and Mastered

  • Name: Ava Rhys
  • Species: Wolf, Female Alpha
  • Appearance: The woman was stunningly beautiful—not overly tall, raven haired with a strong, athletic body with just the right amount of curves.
  • Mate: Declan Collins, Turned Human, Alpha of Wolf Storm

Hunted and Claimed

  • Name: (Colleen) Riley Gentry (Byrnes)
  • Species: Wolf, Female Alpha
  • Appearance: “That, my Galway Girl with the red hair and green eyes, is the true gift of the fated mate.”
  • Mate: Cameron Nicole, Alpha of Wolf Meadows

Captured and Claimed

  • Name: Shannon Livingston
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human, Female Alpha
  • Appearance: Not described, probably similar to her sister, Catherine.
  • Mate: James Norris, Alpha of Ravenscar

Hades – Cover Reveal

Hades
Felicity Heaton
(Guardians of Hades, #9)
Publication date: October 4th 2022
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


The fate of our world rests in their hands.

Hades, god-king of the Underworld, has uncovered the mastermind behind the uprising destined to set his realm and the mortal world on a collision course. But his enemy has gone to ground and finding them is proving impossible, and the longer they elude his grasp, the stronger the darkness within him grows, slowly stealing control.

Persephone, god-queen of the Underworld, can only watch as a storm gathers on the horizon—a deadly war that threatens to strip her beloved family from her. As Hades fights his own battles against their enemy, she fights to keep the darkness within him at bay, never more aware of the danger he would be if she failed to keep it tamed.

But when their enemy strikes out at them from the shadows, dealing a blow that changes the course of the war and incites Hades’s wrath, the leash on the monster within him snaps and he is plunged into the darkness.

And saving this world might no longer be an option.

Hades is the epic conclusion to the Guardians of Hades paranormal romance series from NYT / USAT best-selling author Felicity Heaton.


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I love to create detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! All of them alpha as you would expect in paranormal romance, and every book with a guaranteed HAPPILY FOREVER AFTER!

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Rules of the Pack

Alisha Knight is a down-to-earth woman who just so happens to have her sights set on the beta of a large werewolf pack. But despite the way her body reacts to his powerful presence, bitter experience has shown her that a wolf pack is no place for a human girl.

As his alpha’s trusted second-in-command, Phil McKenna takes his responsibilities seriously, even when that means taking disobedient females over his knee for an attitude adjustment. Though he is smitten with Alisha, the feisty little human friend of his alpha’s mate, humans and wolves don’t usually mix well and her presence could easily put both her and the pack in danger.

Yet try as he might, Phil can’t keep his hands off Alisha. His fearsome urge to mark her, claim her, and dominate her completely is only increased when her defiant attitude earns her a hard, bare-bottom spanking. But when the pack is attacked by a cunning, vicious enemy and Alisha’s life is put in grave peril, Phil must decide if he is ready to cast aside caution and take her as his mate.

Meredith O'Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Story!
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2015
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Phil is the beta enforcer of a werewolf pack. He takes his job very seriously, handing out punishments when someone shows him or another ranking member disrespect or puts themselves or the pack in danger. Alisha is a human, but grew up knowing about werewolves her entire life. When she meets Phil, she knows that he's the man for her. The only problem is, Phil's not convinced that she would be a good mate for him because how do you have a human woman as a mate in a werewolf pack that is surrounded by danger?

This was a really great story. As I was reading, I thought I knew what was going to happen next and then a twist would happen, changing up the entire story.

I loved the tension between Phil and Alisha. They both clearly liked each other, but due to their pasts they both tried to fight their attraction for one another. Phil wanted to keep Alisha safe and Alisha also knew that being a human in a werewolf pack maybe wasn't the smartest idea. As the old saying going, 'the heart wants what it wants'. These two hearts wanted each other and when they finally got together, it was explosive.

Very well done Ms. Raine. I can't see what couple you write next for this series...maybe Cal and Portia...please. 🙂
	Laurel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Pack Romance by Adaline Raine
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2015
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Reading this second book of the gifted author, Adaline Raine, was a wonderful treat. It was like seeing old friends and catching up since Marked By The Alpha and more about the pack. It again had romance, suspense, danger, violence, erotic sex and spanking. I would love to see a third book, hint, hint.
Pizzalover
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Supernatural Story
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2015
Phil is the enforcer in the pack, he makes sure that everyone follows the rules and is respectful to one another. If they aren’t, he’ll give them a firm spanking. When he meets Alisha, a human, he can’t help but be attracted to her. Alisha is also attracted to Phil, but after a few bad experiences, she tries to fight her growing feelings.

This was the first story that I’ve ever read of Ms. Raine’s. I have to say, I found it quite enjoyable. This story flowed very well, even though it was a sequel, I didn’t feel lost while reading it. The sex and spanking scenes were hot! Especially the build up to Alisha and Phil finally mating!

I really liked all of the characters. They all seemed cool. I wish that we could have gotten to known Portia better. She seems like she’s hiding something. Maybe that was something in the first book I missed. If not, then I hope that there is a third book to explain what Miss. Portia is hiding.

Overall, this was a great story and I look forward to going back and reading the first in the series.

Shifted Reality: A Multiverse Fated Mate Romance (Looking Glass Multiverse Book 1)

This is such a wonderful story. Almost like a retelling of Alice through the Looking Glass, but not quite. The theme of dominant males continues to hold sway with this new series. Angelique and Rogan are great together. I love her response to everyone. So looking forward to reading more!

The Reluctant Retiree

One moment in time was all it took…
I shouldn’t be here. I’m not even sure how I got here—wherever here might be.

Angelique
I find myself swept into the arms of a stranger before he passes through a looking glass into another world. He tells me I am his fated mate and he is claiming me. I don’t know him…except he looks eerily familiar to the alpha in my successful wolf-shifter romance novels.

Rogan
Imagine my shock when I looked through the mirror my mother has magicked and my fated mate was on the other side. I did what any great alpha would do… I stepped through and took her. She is mine and I will not allow anything to take her from me. Not even another reality in the multiverse.

Can Angelique find happiness with the alpha of the pack or will she somehow be pulled back through the looking glass?

Sue B
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read, great characters and storyline unable to put down once started reading
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2022
Wonderful read, great characters and storyline unable to put down once started reading
Lily who had been mate to the Alpha until he had been murdered had now been continued living with her son who had taken over the Summer Port pack as Alpha and like his father before him was a strong Alpha, he protected his pack and ensure that they were all well cared for.
Rogan had been looking for his Fated Mate and he had continued to search for her and was surprised when his mother Lily had told him that she knew where his Fated Mate was and that once found would never be separated from in life, in death they believed they pass into the ever-after together.
Lily had also been mated for the second time to her second fated mate and the fact that Bryson who was also his Beta and had known for many years that Rogan’s mother was his fated mate but had been prepared to wait until his Alpha was in agreement for them to be mated.
The fact that Angelique had been living her life through the void where she spent her days as an author that wrote romance books, at present she had been writing a small series of books that had been based on wolf shifters, they resided in Summer Port and the Alpha that had taken over after the death of his father was Rogan.
When Lily finally negotiates with her son that she had found his mate and if he would simply view her via the mirror if she was correct, he would have found his mate, if not the mirror would be lost forever and the void would close, no one but Bryson, Rogan and Lily would know about the magic mirror, it would no longer exist and his mother could then become Bryson’s fated mate, the mating agreement carried out before her son and omega with them instantly going into seclusion.
This is a wonderful start to this amazingly different series that already suggests a wealth of different characters and stories for us lucky readers to enjoy.
I assure you that you will love every moment of this book it is simply a fantastic read.
I voluntarily received and review an Advanced Reader Copy
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; keep up all the great writing.
Rhonda Hicks
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was wonderful
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2022
“Magick Mirror on the wall, tell me who is the fairest of them all.”
"If all he’d ever given her was flattery, he wouldn’t be where he was—lost in the darkness and separated from the light, with only occasional glimpses into the lives and souls of those outside the Void… outside of time and space. But it is here in the inky blackness that he belongs, for he helped her with more things than just flattery. Many believe the tales of Snow White are fantastical and untrue. They are wrong."
James, Delta Shifted Reality: A Multiverse Fated Mate Romance (Looking Glass Multiverse Book 1) (p. 5). Kindle Edition.

Delta James has hit it out of the park with her new series, "Looking Glass Multiverse" and the first book, 'Shifted Reality' is beyond anything I expected. I've provided a small teaser from the Prologue of the book and it just gets better from there. I've sat here and typed, then erased several times trying to write this review but I find myself wanting to share so much of this story that I finally came to the conclusion I couldn't do it … not to another reader or to Ms. James, so this is what I'll tell you. As I was reading this story, I could literally picture Ms. James as the main character for a bit. I giggled at her attitude and could see her typing at the laptop and having those silent conversations with herself and it was like I was immediately a part of her life. Now, for the rest of the story. The Hero and heroine are absolutely the perfect foil for each other. Both with strong personalities. Rogen's mother Iris is a force to be reckoned with, for sure. As a matter of fact, she becomes a heroine in her own right. There are multiple fated mates at play here and a magical mirror who is trying to atone for misdeeds. If this is what is representing the remainder of the series I can barely contain my excitement because this book was wonderful
Amy Reads Romance
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta's best yet!
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2022
Iris, who dabbles in magick, has located her son's fated mate. She whispers to Angelique, giving her the wolf-shifters' stories. Angelique has no idea, until Rogan picks her up and takes her to his own reality. From there, the steam rises and threatens to melt your kindle.
Multiverses? Wolf shifters as the apex species in the world? Yes please! I've read most of Delta James' books, and each one outdoes the previous ones. Advance was my favorite book, but this one? Wowza. Plenty of spankings and alpha and beta wolf vibes abound here. When two couples find their HEA's in one book, you know the author is doing something right. The next book in the series is set up in the epilogue, and I'm waiting with bated breath for it. Seriously, one click this one right now and get lost in an amazing world.

I received an advance reader copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my honest review

Marked by the Alpha

Dani had always been a lone wolf and she had no desire to join a pack, but that didn’t matter to a true alpha wolf like Mason Daniels. When he finds out that human hunters have been threatening Dani, he puts his mark on her.

Unfortunately, the hunters are foolish enough to disregard his mark, and Dani is captured. After Mason and his pack rescue her from certain death, Dani is given no choice about joining Mason’s pack for her own protection. She soon learns that Mason is fully prepared to spank her bare bottom as often as is necessary to teach her to respect and obey him.

With more hunters closing in and the pack under threat, Mason begins to realize that he must claim Dani as his mate for life—whether she likes it or not—before his need for her drives him mad. At the same time, she is forced to learn her role in the pack and come to terms with her instinctual need to submit to Mason as her alpha and her mate.

Tiffany
4.0 out of 5 stars Marked By The Alpha
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2014
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Dani and Mason immediately draw you into their story and world of shape shifters. Dani is a feisty independent wolf shifter who has ran into problems with the local hunters. Mason is a man who is most definitely all Alpha and determined to protect not only those in his pack but ones like himself.

Right from the start I drawn to Dani and Mason and the passion that sizzled between them from the first time they meet. Dani has always been a loner and never had the love of a pack or family behind her except for her best friend Alisha who has caught the eye of Mason's second in command Phil.

If you like hot sex, strong alpha's and feisty women not mention a hint of danger all rolled into one story then I highly recommend Adaline's paranormal erotic romance. You won't be disappointed.
Renee Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great shifter spanking!
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2013
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This is a fun were-spanking read! Dani, an alpha female who has grown up without a pack, finds herself attracted to the alpha male of a large pack but is unwilling to commit herself to pack life, especially trusting and leaning on others. Mason gives her a few over the knee lessons in respect and obedience, but resists claiming her until she's on board with it.

I enjoyed this first book from Adaline Raine and look forward to reading future books by her.
Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
Mason and Dani spar from the very beginning. They are both alpha wolves, but he will be respected, or her butt will pay. Dani is slow to trust anyone except her bestie, so she won't be sitting pretty. This is the first book I've read by this author. Looking forward to more, especially since this tale is set in the same world as one of Delta James' Wayward Mates series books. Mason is much more likeable though.
Tara finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars much more than you expect
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 5, 2013
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On the surface this is a paranormal werewolf romance and discipline and alpha male story but what I really loved about it was the way it put into a story the conflict in a modern woman's mind of the need to be independent, strong and self-sufficient versus the much deeper and harder to define desire to submit in spite of her independence. A book that can speak to your soul as well as your imagination

Rogue Wolf Hunter

Rogue Wolf Hunter
Kait Ballenger
(Rogue Brotherhood, #1)
Publication date: August 30th 2022
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


A sexy wolf shifter romance like you’ve never seen before! – Perfect for fans of Supernatural!

Hunters of the paranormal, the Rogue Brotherhood are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but what happens when danger collides with desire?

Jace McCannon has one loyalty: the Rogue Brotherhood. Despite his mixed blood, his hatred for the werewolves he hunts is legendary. But in his search for a sadistic killer, Jace finds himself face-to-face with a stunningly seductive packmaster…and longing for a night with his mortal enemy.

Nothing can stop Frankie Amato from defending her kind – or from catching the rogue responsible for killing women in her territory. For that, this alpha female needs Jace’s skills more than she wants to admit. But as their investigation exposes evil truths, need burns into a passion that dare not be fulfilled. For to do so will have deadly consequences for them both….

Rogue Wolf Hunter is the first in a sexy paranormal romance series by Kait Ballenger filled with powerful alpha males and the sexy independent women who bring them to their knees…

The Rogue Brotherhood Series:
1. Rogue Wolf Hunter
2. Cold Demon Hunter
3. Dark Witch Hunter

“Kait Ballenger is a treasure you don’t want to miss” – NYT and USA Today Bestseller Gena Showalter


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EXCERPT:

“Okay. Now do whatever feels comfortable.”

Jace bent his knees and arched forward like a large animal waiting to pounce.

“Channel your energy wherever its strongest. Focus on pushing all your energy there.”

He raised a single brow. “What energy?”

“What do you mean, ‘what energy’?” She sighed, exasperated with him.

She’d been more than a little on-edge lately. A combination of her lonely nights, working with Jace, Amarok’s unintentionally oppressive presence, and the knowledge that there was still a killer on the loose in her territory. Something had to give. And soon.

“You keep saying focus on the energy and I don’t feel any energy.”

She sighed and walked to his side. “Straighten up again.”

He rolled his shoulders back to stand at his full height, towering over her. The closeness of his body to hers sent a fresh wave of heat straight through her. “It’s the energy inside you. The kind you feel when the moon is full. That sort of stirring. Right here in your chest.” She placed her palm over his solar plexus. She looked up, and their eyes locked.

Something heated flared in his gaze, feral and untamed. But she couldn’t address it.

Not without revealing how much his absence from her bed had affected her.

Apparently when the lingerie hadn’t worked, he’d taken a different approach and ghosted her.

Like he was bidding his time until she came to him.

And from the fire in his eyes now, he had no doubt she would. Eventually.

Her will wasn’t made of titanium, though she wanted it to be.

She tore her gaze away. She had to fight to get the words out. “It’s right here. It pulls at your whole being, like something connected to your soul.” She glanced at the floor. “Do you feel it?”

Jace placed his hand over hers, his voice an aroused growl. “Only when you touch me.”

Frankie couldn’t help herself. She met his eyes again, and her breath caught.

They stood in total stillness.

He stroked his thumb over the top of her hand. “I’m sorry I can’t give you what you want,” he said, barely above a whisper. “Not without ruining everything you need.”

She swallowed, trying to find the ability to speak. “I’m sorry, too.”

He kept staring, and Frankie wasn’t sure how to handle it.

Unintentionally, she inched closer.

Jace cleared his throat and stepped back.

Her hand fell from his chest to hang limp at her side. Yeah, she was an idiot. Thinking she could have him both ways. He wanted her. He’d made that much clear, but the distance he’d placed between them over the past few days said he wouldn’t play second-fiddle to Amarok. He’d only have her again if she was ready to go all in, and in the meantime, their constant flirtations were driving her wild—exactly like he intended.

It was all or nothing with Jace.

And he was playing to win.

She stepped away from him. Learn to take a hint, Frankie, she chastised herself.

Jace cleared his throat again. “I can feel it when the moon is full. But I can’t feel it now. So how am I supposed to gather it?”

“You’re going to have to learn how to feel it.” Her palm tingled from where she’d touched his skin. Her arms didn’t feel right hanging at her sides, so she crossed them over her chest. She wanted to wrap them around him. Instead, she tightened them around her body, trying to hold herself together. “You’ve probably suppressed it so long that you can’t feel it anymore. Can you think back to the last time it was there?”

“When I hunt.”

“What do you mean?” she said.

He stared at the wall as if he didn’t want to look her in the face. “When I’m out hunting… well, you know.” He glanced at her to gauge her reaction.

“Wolves? Our people?”

Jace frowned. “Only the criminal ones. Ones who hurt humanity,” he amended quickly, making it clear that despite all her darker dealings as a packmaster, he didn’t consider her to be one. “When I’m hunting, I can feel something stir inside me. Almost like an animal living under my skin. A beast.”

“Is there any way we can simulate the feeling you get when you hunt?”

He squared his jaw and rubbed his temples in slow circles, a slight smirk crossing his lips. “Not unless you bring Rock in here and let me tear into him.”

“Aren’t you funny?” she said coldly. “What’s your problem with him, Jace?”

“I have a problem with any man, wolf or otherwise, who has what I want.”

A moment of silence passed between them as he scanned the length of her body and her skin seemed to catch fire. He could caress her with one look.

“Come here,” he said.

Without thinking about what she was doing, Frankie shuffled forward a few inches, then stared into his eyes and froze.

He pulled her against his body. He laced his fingers through her hair, and a blush heated her cheeks.

“If you stand close to me, I might be able to shift.”

“Why does this strike me as an obvious ploy?”

“I don’t need a clever ploy to make you want to be in my arms, Frankie.” His grip on her tightened, and she could feel his erection push against the soft skin of her stomach. He leaned his face into hers, and she fought hard not to gasp as his lips lingered dangerously close to her ear.

His warm breath danced over her skin. “Just stay with me,” he whispered again.

Author Bio:

Kait Ballenger is the award-winning author of the Seven Range Shifter and The Rogue Brotherhood paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales filled with dark, sexy alpha heroes and the independent women who bring them to their knees.

When Kait’s not preoccupied writing “intense and riveting” paranormal plots or “high-voltage” love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her husband and two young sons.

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Ruthless Honor: (Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra)

His power is absolute.
No one crosses Roman Genovese and lives to tell about it.


Zia
I am a master thief, a cat burglar. I manage to get access to Genovese’s estate under false pretenses. He thinks I’m there to attend a fundraising gala; he’s wrong. What I want is a priceless Michelangelo he keeps in his study.

From the time I arrive at his estate, I am drawn to the compelling gangster in a way I have never experienced. Having sex with him was a mistake… a BIG mistake. He isn’t a man to let go of what is his, and there’s no question that I am.

But staying with him is not part of my plan.

Roman
From the moment she entered my home, I knew she would never leave. Her scent filled my nostrils and I knew I had found my fated mate.

There are secrets hiding in her eyes, but I will discover them all.

She is mine. The bratva have taken her and are keeping her in a gilded cage. They mean to use her against me and force me to honor their demands. My tiger will show them the ruthless honor of La Cosa Nostra.

Meet the men and women of La Cosa Nostra. Their motto is family honor above all. They vow to protect their clans and live by an oath of honor and loyalty. The men are gorgeous, dangerous beasts seeking their fated mates. The women they love are bold and brilliant. Their love blazes bright and hot.

Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT START TO A NEW SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2022
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This is the first book in a new series called Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, mistakes, honor, loyalty, defiance, acceptance, possession/possessiveness, revelations, violence, hope/hopelessness, forgiveness, assumptions, mistreatment, denial, greed, consequences, blackmail, respect, frustration, determination, patience, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
This is a story about a H who is a Atlantis tiger shifter and head of the Poseidon Syndicate (mafia lord) and the h is a master thief known as The Ghost. The H is throwing a gala at his castle (Castello d' Onore) for charity and the main attraction is a sketch by Michelangelo.
Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion
JWV
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of a world of shape shifters
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2022
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Delta James is becoming my favorite author. Her imagination and creativity has created a complete and connected world. I really enjoyed reading this latest book finding a fun story woven in previous characters from her other shape shifter books. It adds so much more to the story. Love the strong female characters and excellent dialogue. I would recommend this book and all her previous stories. What an enjoyable way to spend an hour or more reading Delta James books!
Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars His Mate
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2022
This is part of the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra so, buckle up this is a wild ride, dangerous men, alpha personified, possessive, oh, so gorgeous, brooding all the makings of a deliciously story 😊. There will be suspense, shifters, fated mates, secrets reveled, violence, hope, forgiveness, and maybe love. By the time you’ve figured out who is who and what is what, you’re already hooked, and you may as well give up the fight and prepare yourself for an all-nighter!
Can’t say I didn’t warn you.
Roman sexy as all get out Poseidon’s tiger part of the La Cosa Nostra possessive never really thought he would find his fated mate alpha of Castello d’Onore, Genoa, Italy, considered by some as a leader of the local criminal underground. He is holding a fundraising gala, where he will have a Michelangelo sketch on display, being guarded by a group of dangerous men led by Yuri Nikitin, the museum director in Venice who only got his job through his father’s Bratva connections like I said dangerous. Zia intelligent, and professional thief she hasn’t had a good life because of an assumption that her father was part of a criminal, so she and her sister were separated and thrown in foster care but as the oldest she worked her butt off stealing things to get her sisters out of the system. Her sister Rafi is an expert at information gathering and brokering, with the reputation of being La Pantera, and hacking security systems to help Zia on her illegal jobs to steal artwork. Serena became a master jeweler, often using loose precious stones Zia picked up during her work, to make exclusive pieces of jewelry and one main goal for Zia is to put the blame on the museum director because of his mistreatment of many young female docents trying to learn about the masters of art. Yuri is one step away from having to return to his father in disgrace and he is certainly not up to the job of the Bratva or even his father’s wishes for him. Zia gets herself invited to the gala, aiming for the Michelangelo sketch, now with all the warning from her sisters to not try anything in Roman’s home he is dangerous she had to have that painting. When she arrives early, to take advantage of a room to rest and change in, before the gala, she is met by the man himself, who realizes she is his fated mate and he is plans are to make her his as soon as possible and never let her return to whatever life she had before he met her! But he doesn’t know about her sisters or what she will do to keep them together so him trying to keep her isn’t something Zia is happy about, especially with her sisters although she can’t deny the very strong attraction to him, but her job is to steal the piece of artwork and give it to her broker waiting by the gates, until she is caught and punished for disobedience, finding herself even more turn on than she has ever been. But she can’t stick around too long without him making her his captive so using one of her well planned emergency plans set just for situations like this escaping and making sure her sisters know she is safe but just by her being with him at the gala a target has been placed on her and her sisters placing them in danger from his enemies and those that would use his influence to get something they want, by threatening Zia and her sisters. Zia finds out his secret, yet she still does not take lightly to his demands on her obedience and forcing her acceptance of she cannot return to her normal human life ever, but she won’t give up her sisters or Estella, their housekeeper from their childhood and part of their family. Roman has finally found his mate and his match in Zia. Challenge him on all fronts despite the punishments he dishes out, she will also be a powerful ally and lover in his live moving forward but will she accept him in all his glory, will he accept her sisters, their housekeeper as his family, will he make sure they are protected, and can they find their own HEA?.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Marsha
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, sexy, full of danger. A great start to the series.
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2022
Ruthless Honor is a wickedly sexy beginning to the dangerous and intriguing world of La Cosa Nostra, part of the Syndicate Masters world. This was my first experience in this world and I did not feel the least bit lost, the transition into this new spin-off was smooth as the intensity of the story quickly ratcheted up.

Zia and her sisters have had a rough life, and their answer to that adversity is fascinating and challenging. As a master thief, Zia has made many people pay for what was done to her family while ensuring that she and her sisters continue to survive on their own. She’s very good at what she does and she’s going after a huge prize nestled in Roman’s estate. But this heist isn’t going to go quite as Zia expected.

There is a lot to be found in Ruthless Honor, an intricate plot, some dangerous situations, rich history for Roman, a new life for Zia – and some intensely sexy Dom/Sub moments. The villain here is particularly vile, and I wasn’t the least bit sorry when they got what was due for their actions. I loved Roman even if he is overbearing, arrogant beyond measure, and sexy as sin. There were enough glimpses of another Roman to give this man my heart quite willingly. I adored Zia. She’s feisty, fierce, stubborn, and resourceful. Her antics produced more than a few chuckles and mental fist pumps along the way. I got lost in their world, and I love when a story takes me away from my world and deposits me in the world of the characters so smoothly. I had fun here, and really, that’s the entire point.

If you love a definitely sexy romance, some battles of will, a taste of danger, and an unusual love that blooms in spite of how it started… then you’ll love Ruthless Honor.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*

The Immortal Tailor

The Immortal Tailor
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Publication date: August 30th 2022
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance


From New York Times bestselling author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a new immortal series filled with dark humor, angst, and a brooding hero who loves a good tweed: The Immortal Tailor.

THE IMMORTAL WORLD IS IN TROUBLE, AND THE GODS DEMAND . . . THEIR TAILOR COME TO THE RESCUE?

Long ago, Damien Greystone hung up his guns, knives, and rope for the quiet life of a tailor. Sure, his clients now include the likes of bloodthirsty vampires, a hair-obsessed Bigfoot, and fourteen insane deities, but at least Damien doesn’t have to kill anymore. And, sure, he’s been cursed to live alone for all eternity, but nobody’s life is perfect. Right?

Unfortunately, his monk-like existence is about to come to a screeching halt. The gods’ powers are on the fritz, and they’re demanding his help.

But when Damien starts investigating, he meets Sky Morales, a beautiful journalist who’s up to her ears in danger (and one very aggressive fairy). He has no choice but to dust off his weapons.

Can he protect her without getting too close? Because his “curse of solitude” doesn’t negotiate, and bad things will happen to Sky if he so much as feels a flutter of affection.

And as if that pressure weren’t enough, his precious store is being looked after by a love-sucking demon and a punk chick who has a knack for insulting everyone. Bigfoot isn’t pleased.

The sooner Damien can get this job done, the faster he can get back to his peaceful life. If only he weren’t enjoying getting his hands dirty again. Just like the good old days that got him in trouble.


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EXCERPT:

The woman’s name was Sky Morales. Thirty-two years old. Dark brown hair. Very attractive face.

No. No. Not attractive. Especially her full lips and ample bosom. She was plain, unremarkable, and definitely not worth looking at. At least, that was the lie he needed to tell himself. His lust was a luxury she could not afford.

Keep it professional, Greystone, he told himself.

From her photos on social media, he’d say she was a size ten and enjoyed provocative yet professional clothing—tight tailored skirts, snug satin blouses, lots of cleavage. Not so unusual for someone in the public eye. An independent journalist and entrepreneur with a popular news site, coveted for non-biased reporting: Sky’s Fresh Air News. Transparent, nonpartisan, and independent.

What he found unusual, however, was how Sky had recently received national recognition for publishing a series of investigative reports exposing sex traffickers in California. Why would a woman just hitting her stride professionally go public with a wild story about a winged creature attacking her?

According to the police report and the interview she gave several weeks ago, she had been shopping with her sister at SouthPark Mall, near Cleveland, Ohio, when she was attacked in a sporting goods store.

Yes, that sporting goods store. Named after a penis.

It was a well-known fact that sex fairies were drawn to places with sexy names: Hand Job Nail Spa, Dirty Hoe Garden Supplies, and Master Bait Tackle Shop, to name a few. Then there were the towns: Climax, Colorado. Bald Knob, Arkansas. Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. Sugar Tit, Kentucky. If the name sounded dirty, a sex fairy could be found nearby despite the lack of anything particularly sexual occurring in these places.

No one ever said sex fairies were smart.

But back to Sky. She gave intimate details of trying on a swimsuit for an upcoming camping trip with her sister and nephew. She claimed she slid the bikini bottoms over her underwear and suddenly felt something moving around.

She pulled the bottoms down to find a purplish winged creature about the size of a hummingbird. She screamed, swatted at the thing, and fell down, only to have it dive into her panties, where Sky wrestled with the thing and managed to keep it from, well, doing what sex fairies did.

Interesting. Sky’s account of the attack sounded legitimate. Sex fairies were known to get aggressive when startled or afraid. Simply put, they looked for the nearest place to hide. If it happened to be a human orifice, so be it.

But had this been a fairy attack, or had the creature been frightened by something?

Author Bio:

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who writes insane plot twists that will have you burning through the pages. Whether it’s Romance, Suspense/Thriller, or Fantasy, there are always big heroes to root for, smart and resourceful heroines, and a ton of heart pumping excitement in every story.

Mimi lives with her extremely patient husband (“Be right there! Just one more page, honey!”), two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.

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