Friday, August 17, 2018

A Winter's Promise (A Winter's Tale: BWWM Series Book 2) by Kristi Tailor Book Review


Synopsis:

What do you do when you realize that you’re in love with your best friend? 

Kiss them in the middle of winter, and worry about the consequences as they come. 
Charlotte Toutant never expected to catch feelings for her best friend, Nicholas Elliot, after all, love was a sentiment she had all but given up on; however, she did, and unequivocally so. 

What do you do when it appears that the woman you’re in love with still has feelings for another man? 

Push her away to avoid the building emotions that are threatening to drive you over the edge. 
Nicholas Elliot wanted nothing more than to be everything that Charlotte needed in a companion, but somewhere along the way his feelings for her intensified beyond the measures of friendship . . . beyond anything he had ever imagined. 

And, what happens when two people in love aren’t willing to confess their feelings for one another? 

Well, that’s a winter’s tale . . . . 

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Winter's Promise was a great continuation of A Winter's Vow. Man this couple is so funny I love it. They argue and then they are fine. The whole fake engagement has the two families coming together to meet for the first time and Nicholas is worried because his family is messed up and he does not want to scare Charlotte away from him.

They go to the Hampton's to meet his parents and while there they realize they have true feelings for one another. But there is one hiccup when they get there Nicholas's ex-fiance is coming home and wants to see Nicholas. She still has feelings for Nicholas and wants him back and she will stop at nothing to get her man back.

Then Todd has the nerve to call Charlotte and tell her he is still in love with her and wants her back. She tells him to go to hell that there is no way she would go back to him because he is with her sister and she is having his child. Charlotte has told Todd she has moved on and is not going backwards.

The very ending is diabolical! Holy hell the last chapter had me screaming at my kindle for the next book because I need to know what happens to Charlotte and Nicholas. This is a must mini series you have to read. It will have you wanting no needing more.

***** I received this book from the author for an honest review*****


About The Author:

Kristi Tailor, author of Amazon's top 100 Interracial Romance "Being Yours" Visit her Twitter page @Author_K_Tailor for future Release Dates!

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kristi Tailor spends her days raising her young daughter, teaching, and writing.After graduating from Notre Dame of Maryland University, Kristi put her English degree to use by becoming a teacher, Alpha and Beta reader to other authors, and an literary critic, although the latter is more self serving than an actual career. Kristi's hobbies include immense coffee drinking, and Netflix. Friend her on Facebook @Author Kristi Tailor. She loves talking to readers about her novels, and just life in general.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Boystown Season Eight by Jake Biondi Book Review and a Sneak Peak at his new book coming out soon Majesty by Jake Biondi




Synopsis:

“Bright sunshine sparkled on the fresh layer of snow that coated the ground of the cemetery. Dressed in black overcoats, friends and family members of the deceased, many of whom had attended the burial of another loved one just days earlier, stood in rows like soldiers as they watched the flower-covered casket slowly being lowered into the ground. Those closest to the grave gently tossed additional roses onto the casket as it made its descent. A priest, dressed in white, stood solemnly at the head of the grave offering a final blessing for the Mancini brother being laid to rest. Saying goodbye can be one of the most difficult events in a person’s life.” --BOYSTOWN Season Seven

The shocking deaths of two beloved Boystown residents bring heartache and uncertainty to the lives of all who knew them. As family and friends grieve, the search begins for Joyelle Mancini and her daughter, who find themselves in the captivity of a madman. In the meantime, Aiden Carmichael continues his plan to destroy the Ciancio and Mancini families.

During the height of the holiday season, two strangers descend upon Boystown. The dashing Victor DelVecchio and the sexy Brad Ward arrive in Chicago just as several couples come to crossroads in their relationships. While some vow to move forward together and others choose to move in different directions individually, Victor and Brad have plans of their own which will permanently impact the Boystown landscape.

As Christmas approaches, a startling murder leaves a killer on the loose. With the arrival of the worst blizzard in Chicago history, someone struggles to keep his true identity from his friends, an evil plan tears apart one of Boystown’s most prominent couples, and several unforeseen events result in life-threatening situations for members of the Ciancio and Mancini families.

There’s no place like BOYSTOWN!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

where to start with this review? I have started reading this series since it first came out and have seen it grow from each book to each book. As the characters change and couples break up and make up this series is like real life.

In this season so much has happened. Some people were killed and some couples split apart and others came together. The one thing this season had was more on the Mancini and Ciancio business and the competition they both share and the people that work for them. You got to see who is betraying who and why. Everyone has an ulterior motive and to watch it play out is amazing.

Emmett is still sick with his tumor and they are trying to find a cure. They are looking everywhere when a cure comes up but it is at a cost and a large cost. Are they willing to risk it all for a treatment that is not FDA approved.

Jensen and Cole are still modeling for CIO and have so many things going on for them. They are getting booked all over the place and loving it. Cole and Derek get some big news and it is shocking for them. Hugo and Jensen are going through some things that are either going to bring them together or apart.

I could go on and on about each character but you miss the fun in reading about them and take the mystery and suspense out of it. This is a must read season eight for everyone who is following the boys.

This song by Hope: Who am I sums up this book for me. https://youtu.be/bGzHl0u9EsI


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MEET THE MAJESTY CHARACTERS: 

Prince Tobias Chamberlain

Handsome and savvy, Tobias is the eldest of the four Chamberlain princes and next in line for the throne.

Then the king is found dead....

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MAJESTY

Chapter 1

Atop the palace’s most prominent tower, a flag bearing the Chamberlain family crest waved wildly in the wind. Beneath the bright moonlight, King Zachary, head of the Chamberlain family, looked out from the tower over his vast kingdom. Beyond his residential palace, which stood at the center of the surrounding castle, he could see the rings of guard walls and gates that protected the castle’s many baileys.

The chapel steeple stood proudly to his left, opposite the mighty keep and adjacent to the Great Hall. The tiled roofs of the knights’ residences looked reverently up at him as guards stood watch from the towers evenly placed among the rings of walls throughout the property. Smoke rose from the chimneys in the village and an occasional dog bark disturbed an otherwise peaceful night.
“Your Majesty,” a voice said from behind Zachary, who turned around to face the person addressing him.

The hair beneath his crown blowing in the wind, the king replied, “You.”
“Yes,” the hooded figure answered, a knife held in its hand. “I wanted to face you, dead on.”

“Is that any way to greet your king? What is it that you want?”
“To finally bring your ruthless reign of terror to an end.”
As the wind increased, Zachary laughed. “Such grandiose plans from such a small mind.”

“No tears shall be shed for you,” the figure predicted as it lunged forward, driving the knife violently into the king’s chest.
Gasping, Zachary reached out and grabbed his assailant by the neck. Clutching tightly, he dug his fingers deep into the person’s flesh. Raising his free hand to the bloody knife protruding from him, Zachary maintained eye contact with the person, whose face grew redder from lack of oxygen.

Trying to get free of the king’s grasp, the person grabbed Zachary’s arm with both hands, but overpowering his strength was no easy task. Their eyes connected, the assailant struggled to breathe.

As Zachary’s loss of blood increased, his strength decreased. His vision blurred and he dropped to his knees, eventually letting go of the attacker and putting his hands onto the ground for support.
Choking, the person also fell to their knees, desperately trying to catch their breath as the king suffered in front of him. In one motion, the person pulled the knife from Zachary’s chest, raised it up, and plunged it into the king’s neck. Blood splattered everywhere as the king collapsed onto the ground.

Checking to ensure the king was dead, the murderer rolled Zachary’s body onto its back. His dead eyes looking up toward the heavens, Zachary lay lifelessly on the tower floor.
Repositioning the hood over their head, the killer rushed from the tower, leaving the body of the dead ruler in the shadow of the flag that bore the Chamberlain family crest.

* * * * *

As the sun rose over the kingdom heralding the start of a new day, the castle’s outer drawbridge dropped allowing Prince Bryce to race into the woods on horseback. Each time a hoof dug into the damp ground, it kicked up the earth beneath it, leaving a trail behind the galloping horse.

Youngest of the five Chamberlain brothers, Bryce was perhaps the most handsome and well-built. Leaning forward on his steed so that the hood of his cape would remain over his head, Bryce frequently woke early to go riding and visit the villagers. This ride, however, had a more specific purpose than socializing with common citizens.

As the landscape blurred on both sides of him, Bryce recalled a family holiday many years before when his father had gathered all his children in front of the fireplace in the Great Hall to tell them a story. His father always insisted that they sit before him by age, in order of their possible succession to the throne: Zachary, Tobias, Lucas, Colton, Bryce, and Bryce’s twin sister Clara.

As the fire created shadows that danced across the faces of the six royal children, their resemblance to one another was obvious, especially among the five princes. Dark, wavy hair and strong facial contours were the hallmark of the Chamberlain family. Their deep, dark eyes remained fixated on their father whose animated way of telling stories kept everyone engrossed from start to finish.
As the five princes matured, their features remained similar. Their father insisted on hours of physical activity, including combat training with several of the king’s knights. Consequently, they grew into tall, beefy men who caused heads to turn wherever they went. Well aware of his sons’ attractive physical features, the king adopted strict rules that guided their social interaction with others. He was overprotective of them and taught them to protect themselves against people whose motives for getting to know them might be less than honorable.

The king’s treatment of his daughter Clara was even stricter. No matter what her age, he always viewed her as his “little princess,” keeping her sheltered from the world around her, especially men.
Similarities among the six children only ran skin deep. Beyond that, they were individuals, each with their own values, goals, ambitions, and desires. As long as their father lived, he kept his family close to him, showing his children affection that their mother Beatrice did not and insisting that they demonstrate the moral code of conduct he himself espoused.

When their father died suddenly from an illness, life in and out of the castle changed quickly. After his coronation and replacing his father as king, Zachary dismantled his father’s way of ruling with collaboration and compromise and replaced it with singular authority and power. He used every possible opportunity to remind his family and his people that he was in charge, cutting off the four remaining princes from the throne room as well as from having any influence on the future of the family or the kingdom.

Without her husband, Beatrice withdrew from everyone and everything, becoming more introverted and isolated than she had ever been before. She rarely left her chambers and would have become completely forgotten if not for the attention of her few attendants as well as the daily visits she received from her beloved son Bryce until the day she died.

Having passed through the eastern edge of the woods outside the castle, Bryce directed his horse north toward the end of the village. After traveling a short distance, they arrived in a clearing where a man stood in the midst of a small herd of sheep and goats.
Shirtless and rugged, Matthew Benton heard the approaching horse and turned around to face it. He watched as Bryce arrived and dismounted.

“I’m glad I found you,” Bryce said, tying his horse to a nearby tree. “We need to talk.”

“Always good to see you, Your Royal Highness,” Matthew replied, bowing and then returning his attention to his herd.
“Drop the sarcasm,” Bryce commanded. “Do you know how much trouble you could be in? If Zachary finds out…”
Matthew lifted a bale of hay, causing the muscles in his chest and arms to bulge. “I suppose you’re here to proclaim that you’ll protect me from your brother?”

Bryce grabbed Matthew’s arm, causing him to drop the bale. “I’m serious. I care about you.”

Matthew pulled his arm from Bryce. “I can fend for myself, as you know.”

“Why do you have to be so stubborn?”

“As you can see, I’m in the middle of a project right now. I need to get this herd fed and housed, then fix the stables. I have a long day of work ahead of me. We can’t all sit around the palace all day.”
Wasting no time, Bryce removed his cape and threw it over the saddle on his horse. Then he removed his shirt, revealing his slightly hairy chest and sculpted arms.

“What are you doing?”

Bryce grabbed a pitchfork that lay on the ground nearby. “You just said there’s a lot of work to be done. Let’s get to it.”
Trying to prevent himself from smiling, Matthew rolled his eyes and lifted the bale he had previously dropped.

In his palace chambers, Prince Tobias, the eldest of the four Chamberlain princes, sat in a tub as his attendants bathed him. His head resting back on the edge of the tub, he closed his eyes and enjoyed the feel of the warm water and his chamber maids massaging him.

When Roslyn, the king’s wife, entered the chamber, she immediately drew the attention of the servants from Tobias to herself. As everyone else shifted their attention to her, so did he.
“Leave us,” the queen ordered the attendants, who finished sponging Tobias before hurrying from the room and closing the large doors behind them.

Tobias stood up in the tub, allowing the water to run off his muscular body. Water drops caused small splashes as they fell into the tub from his fingertips and penis. Without saying a word, his eyes invited her to step closer.

“Have you seen the king this morning?” she asked, scanning his naked body from top to bottom.

Tobias shook his head. “I have not.”

“That’s not a bad thing,” she said, reaching out and running her hands over his damp chest.

He stepped out of the tub and wrapped his strong arms around his brother’s wife. Kissing her deeply, he pulled her close to him, dampening her garments with his wet body. He kissed her neck and shoulders, reaching around to the back of her dress to untie it.
Falling from her, the dress crumpled on the ground at her feet, leaving her wearing only an undergarment. He grabbed her breasts, fondling them until they emerged completely from the underwear. Burying his face between them, he kissed and caressed them as she ran her fingers through his thick hair.

Working herself free of what remained of her clothing, Roslyn wrapped her naked body around his until he finally lifted her from the ground. Kissing him deeply, she dug her fingers into his bulging arms as he carried her to his bed.

In the Great Hall, Clara Chamberlain sat at the family table which stood at one end of the enormous room near a large, ornate fireplace. Her older brother Colton, the second eldest of the four Chamberlain princes, sat beside her as servants rushed to bring them their morning meal.

“You’re quiet this morning,” Colton said after taking a drink from the goblet in front of him.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t sleep well,” Clara replied, her voice sweet and soft.

“What’s on your mind? Is it the man you were telling me about the other day?”

Clara blushed. “No. I told you there’s nothing going on with him.”
“Well, maybe if you told me who he was, I could help you out a bit.”

“Colton, my personal life is my business.”

“You’re my little sister. I want you to be happy. Besides, if you didn’t want to me know about him, you should never have mentioned him.”

“You caught me in a weak moment. Try to forget about it.”
Colton reached out and put his hand on his sister’s. “You know I can’t do that. I have to look out for you.”

“I know you mean well, but you aren’t my protector. I can take care of myself.”

“You don’t have to, you have five brothers for that.”
Clara took a drink from the cup in front of her. “Girls can take care of themselves. When are you all going to understand that?”
“I didn’t mean to upset you.”

“I know you mean well, Colton. I told you, I didn’t sleep well.”
“If it wasn’t because of the guy, then what’s on your mind?”
Clara laughed. “Because I couldn’t possibly have anything on my mind, except for maybe a man, right?”

Colton smiled at his sister’s sarcasm and took a bite of the food on his plate.
“I’m worried about Zachary.”
“The king, why?”
“He’s more than ‘the king,’ he’s our brother and I’m worried about him,” Clara stated. “Nothing specific, he just doesn’t seem himself lately.”
“He hasn’t been himself since his coronation,” Colton clarified, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand. “It went right to his head.”
“I wish he had a bit more of Father in him, like you do.”
“It’s there. It’s just buried deep. Our brother is a complex man.”
“He rules like a tyrant, without showing compassion as Father did.”
“That’s his style…and it seems to work. The townspeople fear him so they don’t act up.”
“You can’t keep a population quiet forever.”
“What’s got you so philosophical this morning?”
“Just a lot on my mind, I guess,” Clara said. “Nothing to worry about.” Clara rose from the table. “I’ll see you later.”
Colton smiled before taking another bite of his breakfast. After watching Clara leave the room, he waved for a servant to refill his cup.

Upstairs in his chamber, Tobias held the naked queen in his arms. Kissing her as he adjusted his position in the bed, he lifted her head so he could look directly into his eyes.
“You’re far away,” he said softly. “Don’t I satisfy you anymore?”
Roslyn smiled. “Of course you do.” She kissed the prince. “I could stay right here in bed with you all my life and never need anything else.”

Tobias tightened his arms around her. “You are all I need, too.”
“I’m the king’s property. Your brother wouldn’t be happy sharing, especially not with you.”
“You’re only his technically. You’re mine in every way that matters. One day, he’ll understand that.”
Roslyn sat up and put her finger on Tobias’s lips. “He must never know about us. It would be too dangerous. For both of us.”
“I can defend us against my brother and anyone else who challenges my love for you.”
“He’s the king. Your allegiance is to him.”
“My allegiance is to the woman I love.” Tobias kissed Roslyn deeply.
“Promise me you’ll never say a word about us to him.”
“But I…”
“Promise me.”
“Very well, I promise,” Tobias agreed, kissing Roslyn to reassure her. “There are other ways to get what I want.”
“You already have my heart.”
Roslyn stepped out of bed and started pulling her garments back on.
“You don’t have to run off. Make his Majesty my brother wait a bit. Maybe he’ll grow to appreciate you more.”
“It’s best for both of us to not keep him waiting.”
Tobias stood up and wrapped his arms around Roslyn. “One day when I’m king…”
“I may not love him, but I don’t wish death upon him. And you shouldn’t, either.”
“I don’t,” Tobias agreed. “But he can’t live forever.”
“He’s not much older than you. You make it sound like he’s ancient.”

“His attitudes and methods are ancient, even if his age is not.”
Roslyn finished dressing herself. “I need to go.”
Tobias kissed her once more. “See you soon.”
Roslyn smiled, then left the room after cautiously looking outside the door to make sure no one was around.
Naked, Tobias walked over to the stained-glass window at the other side of his chamber. “What am I going to do about you, Zachary…”

Made up of a series of corridors and caverns, the dungeon prison was dark and damp. Two guards stood at its entrance gate, keeping the entire area secure, even though the jail only housed a single prisoner, Declin Spencer.

Upon seeing a person coming toward them, the guards ended their conversation and stood at attention. Wearing a hooded cloak, the person approached them confidently.

“Good morning, Your Highness,” one of the guards said.
Without replying verbally, Prince Lucas placed a jewel in each guard’s hand.

“Thank you,” the second guard replied.
“You know what to do,” Lucas whispered to them.
They nodded and left the area, closing the large gate behind them.
Alone at the mouth of the dungeon, Lucas looked to make sure the gate was closed and he had the privacy he sought. Lowering his hood, he revealed his handsome, chiseled face as he worked his way deeper into the cavern. Torches along the walkway created strange shadows that danced along the walls as he passed. Upon reaching the sole occupied prisoner cell, Lucas paused to look inside. 

In a dark corner of his cell, Declin sat against the damp wall with his big arms wrapped around his bent legs, holding them against his bare chest. His head leaning forward against his knees, Declin appeared to be asleep; however, upon hearing the footsteps of a visitor, Declin lifted his head, throwing his long, wavy hair back to reveal his bearded face and penetrating light eyes.

Firmly grasping two of the cell bars with is strong hands, Lucas looked inside at the prisoner, who slowly stood up from his reclined position. The two men stared at each other in silence for a lingering moment, the flicking lights of the nearby torches illuminating their expressionless faces.

Lucas then reached inside his cloak and pulled out a key, which he used to unlock the gate. Returning the key to his pocket, Lucas pulled open the heavy door and fearlessly stepped inside the cell. Turning his head, he looked back down the tunnel behind him to reassure himself that no one else was in the vicinity. With that concern assuaged, Lucas rushed forward toward the prisoner.
Beneath the flickering torchlight, the two men embraced, warmly holding each other in silence. When they pulled apart, Declin put his rough hands on each side of Lucas’s face, then leaned forward to kiss him. The kiss began softly, but grew more aggressive as the men wrapped their bodies tightly around each other.

“I’ve missed you,” Declin revealed when the kiss ended.
Lucas looked into the prisoner’s eyes. “I hate the thought of you locked in here all alone. I’m going to get you out of here.”
“It’s too risky,” the bandit insisted. “This is my fate.”

“No,” Lucas insisted, kissing Declin once again. “I have a plan.”
The prisoner touched his forehead to the prince’s forehead, their noses coming into contact as well. “Please, Lucas. I would never forgive myself if anything happened to you. I made my choices; I deserve this.”

“I’m not going to let the king do this to you. I love you.”
Declin didn’t reply verbally; instead, he removed Lucas’s cloak and tore open his loose shirt, revealing the prince’s muscled chest. He kissed his neck and shoulders, then dropped to his knees in front of the prince. He pressed his mouth against Lucas’s crotch and raised his hands to massage his chest and nipples.

Lucas placed his hands on Declin’s head, running his fingers through the bandit’s hair. He watched Declin open his pants, allowing his erect cock to pop forward into the prisoner’s face. Lucas adjusted his stance, widening his legs a bit as Declin grabbed the back of his thighs and pulled him forcefully forward.
Declin wrapped his mouth around the prince’s throbbing dick. His lips and tongue caressed it as Declin dug his fingers into Lucas’s chest and abs. The prince’s soft moans encouraged the bandit to continue, which he did.

Suddenly, Lucas dropped to his knees in front of Declin. He leaned forward and kissed him deeply as he ran his fingers over the prisoner’s leather pants. He squeezed and patted Declin’s ass, then moved his hands to the clasp on the front of the bandit’s pants. Opening the clasp quickly, Lucas allowed Declin’s swollen penis to emerge. He pressed his own hard cock against Declin’s as his tongue worked its way down the bandit’s throat.

Declin lay back onto the bed of straw on the floor behind him. He lifted one leg at a time so that Lucas could pull each of his boots from his feet. Then he watched as the prince peeled the pants from his muscular, hairy legs. Completely naked, Declin looked up at the prince, extending his arms as an invitation for Lucas to lie on top of him.

Instead, Lucas licked his way up the insides of Declin’s legs to his hairy balls. He then lifted Declin’s legs and leaned forward, resting them on his shoulders. Leaning in to kiss Declin, Lucas forced himself into the prisoner. His kisses prevented Declin from yelling out as he pushed himself as far into the bandit as possible.

Declin ran his fingers down Lucas’s back and cupped his butt as it flexed with each one of the prince’s thrusts. Declin’s cock grew harder and harder against the prince’s abs.

Lucas looked deeply into Declin’s eyes as he prepared to release inside of him. He reached down and took Declin’s penis into his hand, stroking it aggressively so they would cum at the same time. Kissing Declin passionately, Lucas released inside of him, forcing ropes of cum into the bandit.

Within seconds, Declin came as well, coating both men’s stomachs with his thick, sticky mess. He clutched Lucas’s ass as the prince forced every last royal drop into him. Then he wrapped his arms around Lucas, holding him tightly as the two men lay beside one another in the hay.

“I’m sorry it was so rushed,” Lucas whispered into Declin’s ear. “The guards will be back momentarily.”
Declin kissed his prince. “I love you, Lucas.”
Lucas reached over and grabbed his shirt from the ground nearby. He used it to wipe off his chest and stomach, then Declin’s. The two men lay silently in each other’s arms for a moment, before Lucas stood up.

Declin took the shirt from Lucas’s hand. “Let me keep it.”
“Of course,” the prince replied. He pulled his pants back up and then wrapped his cloak around his bare torso.

Declin tucked the shirt into the corner of his cage and covered it with straw so the guards wouldn’t notice it when they returned. “Thank you for visiting me.”

“I’m going to get you out of here,” Lucas said, repeating his declaration from earlier. “You’ll know when it’s time.”
“Don’t do anything that puts yourself at risk. You know what your brother is capable of.”

Lucas kissed Declin. “I can handle my brother, don’t you worry.” Lucas stepped toward the gate as Declin pulled his pants and boots back on. “I’ll be in touch, I promise.” He stepped through the gate and used his key to re-lock it. “Next time you see me, you’ll be free.”

Declin stood at the bars of the cell and watched as the prince disappeared down the corridor.

Just outside the town, Matthew returned to his cottage after running a quick errand. He walked his horse back into the stable, then emerged to look over his property, impressed by all that he had accomplished, with the help of Prince Bryce, earlier that day.
Tired, he unlatched the door to his home and entered it. He threw another log into the fireplace to deal with the dampness he felt in the room. As the fire grew warmer, he removed his shirt, sat on the chair next to the fireplace, and closed his eyes to rest.

Moments later, the presence of another person in the room caused him to open his eyes, disrupting his impending nap. He looked toward the bedroom doorway where he saw Princess Clara standing, completely naked.

“I’ve been waiting for you,” she whispered, smiling widely at the farmer.

Inside her dark chamber in the castle, Gretl frantically searched. Dark, heavy draperies hung covered all the windows. Candles of all shapes and sizes stood throughout the room, casting shadows throughout it. Shelves of books lined the walls and tables stood in various places holding crystals, gems, and orbs. Plants of various kinds filled one corner of the room and racks of glass bottles and vials filled another.

Gretl’s stringy, grey hair moved in every direction on her head as she desperately searched for her cards. She looked on the shelves and examined all the tables, determined to find the valuable items.
Upon finding them, she stepped over to the table covered in a red cloth at the center of the room. One by one, she lit the candles standing at various heights on the table top. As each one was lighted, the glow revealed more of her facial features: her leathery, wrinkled skin; her pronounced, curved nose; her wicked, seductive smile; and her frightening, sewn-closed eye.

Once all the candles flickered with light, she shuffled the cards. One by one, she drew a card, flipped it over, and placed it on the table. The first card featured the image of a knight. The second featured the image of a queen. The third, an image of a prince and the fourth, an image of a king. As she drew the fifth card from the deck, it flew high into the air, then tumbled toward the table, flipping end over end. All the candles on the table eerily went out as the card landed on top of the one featuring the image of the king. Gretl gasped loudly as she viewed the image on the fifth card: a dark, hooded figure representing death.

Cautiously, Queen Roslyn entered the king’s chambers. She pushed open the heavy door and entered the main room, which was dark and empty.

“Your Majesty?’ she called, but there was no response.
She searched the main room and then moved from side room to side room in search of her husband, the king. She called out to him repeatedly, but no response came.

When she reached his private meditation chamber, she found the doorway in the far corner ajar. Slowly, she approached it and pulled it completely open. 

Peering behind it, she saw the stone, spiral staircase leading up to the tower above. Pulling up her dress with one hand so that she wouldn’t trip, she carefully made her way up the staircase. One step at a time, she rose higher and higher inside the tower.

As she reached the top, she felt the cold wind blowing and saw the sun setting in the distance. She emerged from the stairwell and stepped out onto the rooftop. Almost instantly, she witnessed the bloody body of the dead king lying on the stone ground. Crying out, she rushed over and knelt beside her king. The wind carried her cry throughout the kingdom as the flag bearing the Chamberlain family crest rippled in the gusty air high above her.


About the Author:

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with "The Windy City" at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated with degrees in English and Business. He was awarded the university’s prestigious William Mitchell Award for Playwriting. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Biondi returned to Chicago where he attended and graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has been living in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years.

While studying literature, Biondi became a huge fan of Charles Dickens whose novels were originally released in installments, each ending in a cliffhanger to keep readers coming back for more. Because of his love of those novels as well as television dramas such as Dynasty, Knots Landing, Dallas, and Revenge, Jake Biondi decided to create a serialized saga for contemporary audiences. Thus, the BOYSTOWN series was born.

Biondi began BOYSTOWN in June of 2013 as an online story and intended to release one "episode" online per month, each ending in a cliffhanger. The story became so popular -- and the online reading audience grew so quickly -- that people from all over the country began to email him demanding to know what happened to their favorite characters and wanting the episodes to be released faster. They also had suggestions for future storylines. Excited by and grateful for his readers’ responses to BOYSTOWN, Biondi began to write and release installments more quickly. 

In November of 2013, Biondi moved BOYSTOWN offline and published the first ten installments in book form as BOYSTOWN Season One. The book became an international hit, with fans all over the globe clamoring for more. BOYSTOWN Season Two was published in July of 2014. Season Three was released on May 1, 2015, Season Four was released on November 13, 2015, Season Five was released on June 1, 2016, Season Six was released on December 16, 2016, and Season Seven was released on July 7, 2017.

Because of the popularity of the book series, fans have suggested that BOYSTOWN be turned into a television series. Biondi recently completed the TV scripts for the first season of BOYSTOWN and hopes to bring the series to television in the very near future. 

Welcome to BOYSTOWN

Where to find Boystown:

The BOYSTOWN series is available at bookstores across the country as well at online at Amazon.com, bn.com, Google Play, and iTunes. The series is available in paperback, audio book, and all e-book formats. Readers may order autographed paperback copies of the books directly from BoystownTheSeries.com. 

For additional information, photos, or to schedule an interview with author Jake Biondi, please send an email to BoystownTheSeries@yahoo.com. Biondi may also be contacted via JakeBiondi.com, BoystownTheSeries.com, Twitter (@boystown_series), Instagram (@boystowntheseries), and Facebook.com/JakeBiondiBoystown.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

***** Book Spotlight ***** Loving Jesse by Andrea Smith ***** Adult Content 18+ *****



Synopsis:

Take the New Adult Romance journey of 18 year-old September Dawson. 

When her mother deserted her and her younger half-sister, Scout, five years earlier, September was sent to live with her grandparents in Mississippi. Five years and no one has heard from her mother. 

So, when September is asked to spend the summer in Arkansas to watch over Scout, she can hardly refuse. She hasn't seen Scout in awhile, and she can certainly use the money for college. 

She meets a young man while there, and though he tries to strike up a relationship with the beautiful September, she is drawn to someone else. Someone older. A most unlikely match but the chemistry can't be denied. At summer's end, September has no desire to return home. Soon after, they all receive some devastating news that threatens to change everything. 

Adult Content 
18+ 

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Forever Jesse (September #2)


Synopsis:

"Forever Jesse" takes up where "Loving Jesse" ended. 

The shock of September's runaway mother re-surfacing has all of them reeling. Libby has suffered from severe amnesia, and remembers none of them once they come face to face. 

She has changed. 

She is now Sarah Smith, a highly religious woman who only craves a simple life. One with which she resumes her role as Jesse's wife. 

Not so fast though. 

There is more to this than meets the eye, especially where September is concerned. Jesse is hers now. But will he fight to keep it that way despite the disapproval of September's family? 

Find out in this conclusion of the "Forbidden Series!" 

NOTE: This was previously published under "When September Ends" title.

Adult Content 
18+

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***** Special Review ***** A Winter's Kiss (A Winter's Tale Book 1) by Kristi Tailor


Synopsis:

What do you do when you catch your fiancé in bed with your sister? 
Leave everything behind in Baltimore, Maryland, and move to the Big Apple of course. 
Charlotte Toutant has always been a woman who played by the rules; however, after she catches her younger sister and long term love in bed together her perfectly planned life is turned upside down. 
What do you do when a beautiful woman walks into your office looking for a job? 
Offer her the position, and then give her what every other woman in your presence has been yearning for, your love. 

Nicholas Elliot, Upper East Side, prep boy has always succeeded at acquiring his heart’s desires, being born into a life of luxury nothing has ever been withheld from him; still, he yearns for more when the only woman he allows close to him seems so far away. 
And, what happens when a man and woman realizes that friendship isn’t enough? 
Well, that you have to read and find out . . . . 

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Review:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

***** I received this book from the author to read *****

First I must say that this is the first book I have ever read by Kristi Tailor and it will not be the last. First off I need to finish this series then go on and read her other books.

This romance is one that starts off slow and builds it way up into a strong friendship. Charlotte was engaged to be married when something happened to break up her and her fiance. She is so distraught she leaves her home town and moves to New York where she can start a new life. It is there she meets her boss Nicholas. They become fast friends and hang out with each other. But there is a secret both of them are keeping from one another and that secret is slowly coming out. They both have feelings for one another but try to deny them and keep a platonic relationship at work and at home.

Then one day Charlotte gets a call from her mother letting her know to come home because her father is sick. Nicholas tells Charlotte he will drive her home. When Charlotte gets there she finds her father is okay but her mother wanted her home for the holidays. This is where the story starts to pop off and have you reading like a mad man trying to figure out what is going to happen and why Charlotte hates her family.

This is a must read romance series that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time waiting to see what happens next.

A Winter's Promise (A Winter's Tale: BWWM Series Book 2)

Synopsis:

What do you do when you realize that you’re in love with your best friend? 
Kiss them in the middle of winter, and worry about the consequences as they come. 
Charlotte Toutant never expected to catch feelings for her best friend, Nicholas Elliot, after all, love was a sentiment she had all but given up on; however, she did, and unequivocally so. 
What do you do when it appears that the woman you’re in love with still has feelings for another man? 

Push her away to avoid the building emotions that are threatening to drive you over the edge. 
Nicholas Elliot wanted nothing more than to be everything that Charlotte needed in a companion, but somewhere along the way his feelings for her intensified beyond the measures of friendship . . . beyond anything he had ever imagined. 

And, what happens when two people in love aren’t willing to confess their feelings for one another? 
Well, that’s a winter’s tale . . . .

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A Winter's Vow (A Winter's Tale Book 3)


Synopsis:

After years of pretending that their relationship was strictly platonic, Charlotte Toutant and Nicholas Elliot have finally admitted to having feelings for one another. Now, Charlotte and Nicholas have everything they’ve always wanted− love, desire, intimacy, and an earth-shattering secret between them. 

Embarrassed and enraged by his sudden termination at Leisure Me Ready magazine, Dean Proctor has sworn revenge on the two people who he deems responsible for his ruin. With hatred in his heart and malice poisoning his thoughts, Dean will stop at nothing until Nicholas and Charlotte’s fall from grace is imminent. 

Determined to keep Charlotte in his life, Nicholas is willing to lose everything for the sake of keeping certain truths from being revealed. Even if it means orchestrating his very own downfall, losing her is not an option. 
And that’s a winter’s vow . . . 

WARNING: This book ends with a cliff hanger. 

A Winter's End (the final book in the series will be released September 25, 2018

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Kristi Tailor, author of Amazon's top 100 Interracial Romance "Being Yours" Visit her Twitter page @Author_K_Tailor for future Release Dates!

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kristi Tailor spends her days raising her young daughter, teaching, and writing.After graduating from Notre Dame of Maryland University, Kristi put her English degree to use by becoming a teacher, Alpha and Beta reader to other authors, and an literary critic, although the latter is more self serving than an actual career. Kristi's hobbies include immense coffee drinking, and Netflix. Friend her on Facebook @Author Kristi Tailor. She loves talking to readers about her novels, and just life in general.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Babyjacked (The Payne Brothers #1) by Sosie Frost is CURRENTLY FREE



Remington Marshall is the kind of gorgeous who turns a smoldering glance into foreplay.

He’s the man of my dreams. The love of my life.

...And he’s the prick who burned down my family's barn.

But, suddenly, the sparks are rekindling between us.

He’s cocky. He’s sexy. And he’s returned home after five long years to take care of his two young nieces.

So, of course, I offer to help nanny the girls. After all, it's purely professional, right?

I should have known better.

When a man doesn’t deserve a second chance...
He’ll just steal a woman’s heart.

Babyjacked is the first novel in a brand new romantic comedy series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Sosie Frost! Love stand-alone romances set in a connected universe? The Payne Brothers are sexy, deliciously tempting, and, like a real family--they can't stand each other. Fortunately, these small-town women know how to handle their men. Hearts will heal, one romantic comedy at a time.

Babyjacked is a complete standalone! This BWWM romantic comedy is 100% safe, contains no cheating or cliffhangers, and is guaranteed a heart-warming Happily Ever After.
“Give me one good reason why you can’t be their nanny,” he said.

I’d give him the best one. “We’re not even going to talk about the kisses?”

Wrong reason.

Rem’s voice lowered, a dark and caramel growl that layered me with regret and shivers and memories.

“Must have been some good kisses if you remember them after all this time.”

I didn’t look at his lips. “You mean you forgot?”

“I made myself forget.”

“Why?”

“Because thinking of that night is the reason I had to put three thousand miles of uncut wilderness and five years between us.”

In the past twenty-four hours, this man had made my heart ache so much I considered popping some of Dad’s leftover beta-blockers. I wasn’t about to let Rem twist me up any more.

“No one asked you to leave,” I said. “No one told you to go. It’s not heroic, Rem. It just hurts.”

“Good thing I’m a changed man.”

I’d never wanted him to change, only to be honest. “How can I trust you?”

“I’ll prove it. I got the kids. I got the bank account. The cabin. The responsibility. I’m different.”

“You’re still chasing me.”

His hound-dog grin should have run me up a tree. “Can’t blame a man for trying. It’s lonely in these woods. Gets real dark and cold at night. I’m looking for someone to warm me up.”

“And that’s why the answer is no. We have a history together.”

“Do we?”

The sadness kicked me in the gut. “We might have had a history.”

“Do you think there’s still a chance?”

“How could there be, after all that happened?”

He surprised me with a wink. “Then what’s the problem? Are you attracted to me?”

“No,” I lied.

“Then work for me.”

“I can’t.”

He smoothed that beard. Easier to see his smile. Harder to resist wondering how it’d feel scratching all over me. “What if I show you that this could be perfectly platonic?”

“How?”

“Kiss me.”

I poked him away with the broom. “And what would that prove?”

“That there’s nothing between us,” he said.

“That’s like leaving my credit card in the street to prove there’s no thieves around.”

“Not trying to steal anything from you, Sassy.”

That’s because there was only one thing left to give him, and I’d mercifully avoided that roll in the hay. “You’re out of your mind.”

“One kiss,” he said. “We’ll settle it once and for all.”

I focused on cleaning and scrubbed my way into the kitchen, hoping my hips didn’t sashay with every brush. He watched me, his gaze boiling over my skin.

“Why not?” Rem asked.

I didn’t have to lie. “Because it took me five years to get over our last kiss. I can’t spend the next five forgetting this one.”

“One kiss.” He edged too close for me to breathe, think, or defend my honor. “One little, teensy, tiny nibble of a kiss. I promise—I won’t even make a good one.”

“Is that possible?”

“I don’t know. I’ve never kissed bad before.”

“Then I can’t afford the risk.”

“For all we know, every kiss of mine becomes a five-year memory.” He towered over me, leaning in, his whisper playful and tempting. “And that’s just the kiss. Imagine what I could do with a touch. A lick. One night with me, and you might never forget it.”

“Or forgive it.”

“Good thing I’m only asking for a kiss.” He bumped my chin up with his fingers. “One kiss.”

“To prove there’s nothing between us…or to torture us for the rest of our lives?”

“You tell me, Sassy.”

He leaned in, capturing my lips with a playful, deliberate swipe. I gripped the broom, heart raging, pounding, attempting to crash through my chest and knock my head back into sanity.

Heat swirled between us, suffocating me in that woodsy, fresh-cut pine scent. Earthy and tempting and so much more than he was before. Everything was more. His words meant more. His eyes saw more. His touch offered more.

And his kiss…

Conquered and overwhelmed. My body pooled into softness. A murmur accidentally parted my lips. His tongue swept in. Gentle. Teasing. Wonderful.

His kiss was every perfect moment I’d imagined in the last five years. Every flirty nibble. Every sensual bite. Every casual, quick peck people took for granted.

In five seconds, he’d revealed everything he might have offered in those lost five years.

And I hated him for it.

And I melted for it.

And I was so much trouble.

Sosie Frost is no stranger to quirky, embarrassing, and wild situations, and she’s channeling all that new adult angst into fun romances.

From marching at the high school homecoming game without her trumpet (a punishment for forgetting the instrument on the band bus), to regretfully tucking her prom dress into the back of her tights before pictures, and even accidentally starting a chemical fire in the college chem lab, Sosie has the market cornered on crazy stories.

But hey, writing is a better outlet than therapy right? 😉

If you want funny, charming, and steamy romances, you’ve found the right author!

Sosie lives in Pittsburgh with her hubby, her two cats, and thrives on a near constant stream of gummy bears.



Save Me by Tia Louise Review Hot Steamy Novella


Synopsis:

Jessa Steele shoots to kill.
She does not fall in love.
She does not get captured. 

Mason “Mace” Moscaretti can retrieve the worst of the worst.
No capo or drug lord is too clever to escape him.
When he meets Jessa embedded deep with a Colombian target, he’s determined to capture her heart and walk away from active duty.

And he does. 

Six years later, Jessa and Mace are happily married, burning up the bedroom, and ready to start making babies when a job arises Jessa can’t resist. What she doesn’t know is this client won’t stop until they’re both dead. 

NO Cheating; NO Cliffhanger! SAVE ME is a SAFE, white-hot, STAND-ALONE love story, featuring a fearless husband and wife team ready to lay down their weapons and start making babies. It’s short, sizzling, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the well-earned HEA.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have to first say that I have been out of the reading game for a while. I've been reading like crazy and when the opportunity to read this ARC was there I jumped at the chance to read it. Thank you Booksprout for a great read.

Mace and Jessa are a team and fight next to each other in every op they do. So when Jessa and Mace are approached about doing another op Mace is hesitant and Jessa wants to do this. She sees something in the girls eyes that just makes her need to save her from the bad guys. Mace and Jessa go to another country to save the girl when all hell breaks lose.

Jessa and Mace will have to find a way to rescue the girl and themselves before old enemies get them first.

This is a great Novella and you will love the steaminess and the action will keep you on the edge of your seat reading faster to find out what happens next.


About The Author:

Tia Louise is the Amazon and International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD and DIRTY PLAYERS series and co-author of the Top 10 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.

From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to picking up USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning the 2015 “Favorite Erotica Author” and the 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

Mermaid, Good Witch, and bonafide Beach Bum, Louise is a former journalist living in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…


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Books by Tia Louise:

Stand-Alone Romances:
When We Touch, Sept. 5, 2017

The One to Hold Series:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013 – FREE!
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014
One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), 2014
One to Save (Derek & Melissa), 2015
One to Chase (Amy & Marcus), 2015
One to Take (Stuart & Mariska), 2016

The Dirty Players Duet:
The Prince & The Player, 2016 – FREE!

Paranormal Romances: (all are stand-alones)
One Immortal (Derek & Melissa, #SexyVampires), 2015
One Insatiable (Koa & Mercy, #SexyShifters), 2015

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AUDIOBOOK LOVERS!

WHO LOVES AN AUDIOBOOK???

Well, I’ve got SEVEN, and more coming. You can get started with the Derek & Melissa trilogy–narrated by the ever-sexy Christian Fox and Lucy Hale…
#1-One to Hold
#2-One to Protect
#3-One to Save

Also from the One to Hold series, STAND-ALONE romances
–One to Keep (Also narrated by Christian Fox!)
-One to Chase (Narrated by Gary Furlong, or “Mr. Sex” as the Mermaids call him)

My “Dirty Players Duet”:
#1-The Prince & The Player
#2-A Player for A Princess (feat. Gary Furlong as sexy Prince Cal!)

My #4 Amazon bestselling romantic comedy THE LAST GUY (co-written with Ilsa Madden-Mills), narrated by Brooke Hayden and Patrick Garrett!

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Links and cover images to ALL are given below… Happy listening, and remember to keep those headphones handy! #RAWR

THE LAST GUY (stand-alone rom-com):


From Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today best-selling author Tia Louise….

The first rule of office romance is don’t do it – especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired.

But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things.

Sex in his office…Sex in the on-set kitchen…Sex in the supply closet….

She can’t stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he’d look between her sheets – except he’s an arrogant jerk with a huge…ego.

He’s the last guy she’d ever have a one-night stand with.

Narrated by the delightful Brooke Hayden and Patrick Garrett!

* * *

The white-hot Derek & Melissa trilogy from the “One to Hold” series:


When Derek Alexander, retired Marine and top private investigator, encounters small-town girl Melissa Jones at a spa resort in the desert, the two embark on a weeklong, white-hot affair. He’s determined to hold her, but she’s running from a past that could tear them apart.

Narrated by sexy Christian Fox & Lucy Hale!

#1-ONE TO HOLD audiobook

#2-ONE TO PROTECT audiobook

#3-ONE TO SAVE audiobook

* * *

Sexy stand-alone romance ONE TO KEEP:


There’s a new guy in town… 

“Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I’d get their shit done. And I did…”

Patrick doesn’t do “nice.”
At least, not anymore.

Narrated by delicious Christian Fox!