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A girl looking for a way out.

Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.

A boy looking to be a hero.

Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.

A love that could kill them both.

Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.

Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

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Excerpt: Running Away

I reached into my apron and pulled out the week’s rent. “Thank you for all you’ve done for me, Bill. I really appreciate you taking me in.”

“No sweat. You work hard, and the regulars seem to like a pretty, young face around here. Stay as long as you’d like.” He took the wad of bills and slid them in his pocket. “Now get out of here. I’ll finish up. You look exhausted.”

Walking past, I squeezed his hand and continued on. As I glanced back over my shoulder, he smiled, and for a minute I thought I saw him blush. Bill was the nicest person I had met since I left. I’d miss him.

I ran up the stairs to my room. Time to move on. If there was still a chance of running into my past, I was still too close to the city. Too bad. Part of my heart hurt thinking about how I was going to let Bill down. I stopped at the door and rested my forehead against the rough wood. Maybe if I stayed the night, I could stick around and say goodbye in the morning. Better not. Fewer questions if I left now. Safer for him the less he knew, anyway.

A tight feeling spread across my lungs and up my throat as I slid the gold key in the lock for the last time, but I’d get over it. I had to. I sighed and clicked the door closed. My hand hesitated on the doorknob, the unexpected weight of a stare bearing down on the back of my head. I wasn’t alone.

Standing motionless, I scanned the darkness over my shoulder. A voice cut through the black.

“Mercury, I’ve been waiting for you.”

 

 

Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she’s still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she’s likely freezing at the hockey rink.

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Strike Force by Beth Rhodes #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @BethRhodes99

 

 

Title: Strike Force
Series: Hawk Elite Security #4
Author: Beth Rhodes
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: November 15, 2017


Blurb
Hawk Elite Security,
a group of dedicated men and women.
Moved by duty and honor.
Dedicated to being courageous in the face of adversity.
Passionate about life.~*~*~

Descendant of a line of Romanian gypsies, Marie Gabor uses both truth and
legend to create a persona that will fool even the most jaded of men. When the
family heirloom—the gold armband—is stolen by the long-feuding family from the
old country, she’ll do whatever she can to get it back, including work for Hawk
Elite Security, the very men who are supposed to be guarding the amulet.

Malcolm Daniels has dealt with lying, cheating women before, so when Marie
steps into Hawk Elite to work, he sees right through her façade to the woman
with secrets and a sly hand. But the more he works with her, the harder it is
to ignore just how much he likes; she thinks outside the box, she faces danger
with courage, and—hell—she’s gorgeous. He wants her but doesn’t trust her.

The stakes are raised when her plan to acquire the armband goes awry. Life
becomes a commodity paid to the highest bidder. But will Malcolm be willing to
pay such a high price?

 

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Excerpt

 

Chapter Two
His
doorbell rang at almost eleven the next evening. He’d packed, run through a few
of his programs, played Assassin’s Creed, and was in his gym—the only clean
place in his apartment at the moment. His computer room had exploded with his
latest project, and his living-room-slash-gaming-room-slash-bedroom looked like
what it was…confused.
He pulled
himself over the bar one last time and dropped to the mat below. He grabbed the
chamois off the hook on the wall and wiped his neck, face, and chest. His
fingers bumped over the scar bisecting his pectoral.
His wake-up
call.
He tugged a
t-shirt back on. When he went through the confused room, he stopped to open the
blinds. Stepping over the pile of movie cases, he scowled in disgust and then
opened the front door.
Marie. “Fuck. What are you doing here?”
“Is that
how you say ‘hi’ to all your friends?” Her brow rose.
Speechless,
he hesitated, not sure what to say. Friends.
She’d said the word, but he still struggled to equate what they had with
something he shared with…say, Craig or John.
“I was
thinking,” she began, as if sensing his dilemma, “maybe we got off on the wrong
foot.”
Forget
feet—the sight of her and those big eyes had his tired body
reacting…inappropriately, or appropriately if they were on a path toward being
in his bed. He cleared his throat and thought about the last string of code
he’d created for Tangent Media.
Her hands
fluttered to her sides and she shrugged, reminding him of how small she was,
but delicate? No. “Look, if we have to spend the next few days together, I’d
like to clear the air.”
Malcolm
couldn’t invite her in. The mess was embarrassing, a problem he’d been meaning
to fix. He glanced over his shoulder. “Um…”
“Oh my God.
Do you have someone in there with you?” Her eyes had gone even wider. “I’m so
sorry. I didn’t think. Of course you have someone over. You’re leaving town for
a few nights. And—” She paled. “Uh, you know what? I’ll just see you at the
airport in the morning. I’m sorry.” She leaned, as if to yell around him. “I’m
sorry,” she called out into his empty apartment.
She turned
to leave, and guilt rode his conscience to stopping her. “It’s not a woman,” he
called out, immediately second-guessing himself. He wanted the distance. He
didn’t need her thinking about him as single or available or…fuck, a liar. He
prided himself on being straightforward and honest. “It’s only… Fuck. Weeks of
not cleaning up.”
Marie
turned back, a wary look on her face. “It’s a bad time.”
“It’s fine.
Come in,” he said. “For a few minutes,” he added pointedly. She might be the
drop-by-and-stay kind of girl. Admitting the lust was better than ignoring it,
he told himself, feeling like a total prick. No matter if she was a crook or a
sweet girl who really did want friendship.
She could
have turned over a new leaf.
Or she
could be playing them all.
“I’m going
to go get changed. I’ll be right back.” He hesitated. “Don’t steal anything.”
“Hey.” She
pouted, her bottom lip sticking out.
He pressed
his lips together on the groan wanting to escape.
And then
she surprised him by laughing. “Okay, okay. No touchy.”
Oh, that
did it. And why did her voice sound sultry?
In his
bedroom, he picked up his jeans and stepped into them. He removed the sweaty
shirt and wiped himself with it before he tugged the shirt he’d had on earlier
over his head. Shower later.
She’d made herself at home in his kitchen and pulled down his only
package of Oreos. “How do you eat these?” she asked.
“The usual methods. Sometimes, I pop it in
whole. Sometimes, I twist it open and lick the cream filling.”
She swallowed. “Oh.” Her cheeks flushed, in the
same moment he realized how those words sounded.
“That’s not— I mean, sorry. I didn’t mean…
Shit. I would never purposely make you uncomfortable. Shit. Talk about a sexual
harassment suit.”
She waved him off. “What I mean is…they’re
horribly unhealthy, have a habit of getting stuck in your teeth, and, overall,
aren’t exactly adult cuisine.”
“Oh, that.” Heat rose on his neck. He shrugged.
His history with Oreos was long and complicated.
Marie
leaned against his counter and waited, at ease, as if she belonged right where
she was, waiting for a friend to say something. A flyaway strand of her hair
fell against her face. Her eyes showed a warm interest he hadn’t seen in them
before.
Then she
took a bite of Oreo. A little crumble stayed at the corner of her mouth until
she licked it off with the tip of her tongue. Fuck. He cleared his throat.
Friends. If she was going to push and insist on a truce, they could be friends.
He could handle that.
“I never
had any of the extras growing up,” he finally said. “My first night on my own,
I had enough money for very little. I bought a small bunch of bananas and a
package of Oreos—”
“Did you
sit and eat the whole package or ration them?”
It was a
personality quiz, and he might have avoided answering. But for some reason, he
looked at her and knew the shaky friendship they’d developed over the past
several months either needed to take shape or be cast off completely if he was
going to move on.
“I
rationed, eating three a day for almost two weeks.”
“A big
package.” She laughed at her double entendre. “Sorry.”
His laughter
came unexpected, and he cut it off, covering his mouth as his shoulders shook.
“Geez.” When he looked up at her, she was smiling. Was this the truce she
wanted? It was working.
“You ready
for tomorrow?” he said.
“Almost.”
He nodded.
“Anything you want to share about this trip? You did say you wanted to ‘clear
the air.’”
She moved
then, pacing away from him toward the hallway, which led to his bedroom. “No.
It’s hard enough to work with someone who I’m close to. I thought it would be
good if we were at least speaking. You’ve been avoiding me, Malcolm.”
Self-preservation.
“You have
an uncle that lives on the coast,
near Portland,” he said.
“He is my
uncle!” she exclaimed, crossing her arms over her chest.
“Sure,” he
drawled, egging her on for no good reason other than he liked to see the fire
in her eyes…and that blush on her pretty little neck. Glutton for punishment.
She scowled
at him. “He raised me. He’s at least seventy-five-years old.”
Malcolm
lifted his hands in surrender. “There’s fucking something, though,” he
muttered.
“There’s
nothing,” she answered, the look in her eyes challenging him.
He conceded
with a nod.
“We going
to be okay?” she asked, serious again.
“Have you
given up your pickpocket ways?”
She
narrowed her eyes. “For the most part.”
He
considered her, taking in her open sandals and the long skirt with lace on the
bottom and pretty metalwork on the belt at the top, below her navel. “You like
people to see you a certain way. You fill a stereotype.”
“I am what
I am. A Romanian by birth. I come from a long line of proud, sometimes
arrogant, people. My family.” Her chin went up, and he wanted to run the edge
of his thumb along the soft skin revealed beneath it. “I like the peasant
skirts, and I love the jewelry. That’s being a woman, nothing to do with my
roots.”
She never
admitted to being a thief. But she’d wanted something in Germany. And that was
what bothered him. What had she wanted and did she want now?
There was
only one way to find out—by staying close to her. “Okay.”
“Okay,
we’re going to be okay? Or okay, whatever you say…?”
“Okay, the
air is clear, and I’ll be watching
you,” he added.

 

She’d said
she wanted to clear the air, but as far as he was concerned, the smoke screen
was thick between them. She had plans for something, and if she wouldn’t talk
to him about it, wouldn’t he be a fool to trust her?
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Beth Rhodes grew up
thinking she was going to travel the world and be a missionary, helping the
poor. She would travel to exciting places…like Russia and Australia. She was
going to wear a canvas backpack and take a wooden raft down a river through the
jungle. She never had any plans for romance or getting married, either. But
after a few years of college, studying English Literature, she married her own
real-life hero, who patiently puts up with her absentmindedness and
creativity… And the only poor babies she helps now are her own six children.
She learned that
life doesn’t always go the way she plans, except for one thing, BOOKS.
Beth writes in order
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Safe in His Storm by Annalise Delaney #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @ohannalise

Title: Safe in His Storm
Series: The Perfect Storm Duet #1
Author: Annalise Delaney
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Blurb
Hiding from
childhood horrors, Gabrielle Adams has struggled to keep herself safe. When the
superficial world she’s created is challenged, she strives to maintain her
tenuous control while keeping the past buried where it belongs.After a numbing year mourning the death of his wife, Jake Thornton is ready to
live again. An unapologetically dominant man with specific needs, he resolves
to find a woman seeking to surrender control, without expecting what he can
never offer—love.

A chance encounter awakens desires neither expected and both resist. Fate steps
in for a second time, and they succumb to an onslaught of lust and need,
convinced they can overcome any challenges. But when darkness approaches and,
with it, the very things they fear the most, do they have the strength to
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Excerpt
She paused
and then asked, “Have you ever been in love?”
It occurred
to him then that he hadn’t told her about Lisa. Whether or not it was a timing
issue, or just a subject he’d avoided, he wasn’t sure, but it hadn’t come up.
Then, a moment of guilt passed over him when he realized he hadn’t thought
about Lisa like he used to. Oh, she was there on a daily basis, but not like it
had been before. Not the same deafening, emptiness he’d grown used to. Now, it
was more of a dull ache only felt when summoned. And with that thought, he
dismissed any lingering guilt. He’d said his goodbye and was moving forward the
way he’d intended.
And he’d
tell Gabrielle about her soon enough. “Yes,” he simply replied.
Appearing
momentarily puzzled, Gabrielle tilted her head as if she’d seen something new.
Finally, she smiled softly and directed her attention back to the game, lining
up her next shot and then missing it.
Jake
stepped forward, called the pocket, and sent the eight ball sailing inside.
“Game.”
She
swallowed hard and looked at him. “You win.”
He couldn’t
help the smug expression he felt crossing his face as she stood by, wide-eyed.
He felt like a cat about to pounce on its prey—only she was prey who wanted to
be caught—which made it perfect.
When he
closed the distance between them, he leaned to her ear and whispered, “And, as
the winner of the game, I intend to take you home, tie you up, watch you come,
and fuck you into next week.”

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Annalise Delaney’s love of romance spans from tales of knights in shining armor bravely rescuing the girl to those of damsels who need rescuing but put up a fight—because what fun would it be otherwise?


Writing occupied her time when age-appropriate books put her to sleep. However, the books tucked in the bottom drawer of her mother’s dresser overflowed with love, lust, betrayal, and revenge—making for far better reads. VC Andrews’ imaginative and twisted stories started it all.
Annalise juggles a busy schedule, adhering to the age-old maxim, ‘Work hard, Play hard.’ When she’s not working, she might be found anywhere on the beach, under a palm tree, or where chips & salsa and margaritas are served. But always laughing with family or friends until her cheeks hurt.
As for what she writes today, let’s just say it’s come a long way from sweet. Welcome to the place where sweet meets spicy. A place where stories come to kiss and tell.

 

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Dark Embrace by Elle Boon #ReleaseBlitz @givemebooksblog @ElleBoon1

 

Title: Dark Embrace
Series: The Dark Legacy Series #1
Author: Elle Boon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 8, 2018
Blurb
A DARK LEGACY where only the strong survive and those who
are Goddess touched can complete the warriors who fight to protect the world
from the creatures that go bump in the night.
DARK EMBRACE
Jennaveve,
the Fey chosen by the Goddess to be the queen of her people for the past few
millennium, is tired and wishes for a break, but hadn’t counted on being
reduced to almost mortal thanks to a dark stranger. They say you should be
careful what you wish for. The last time she’d taken a break, her Fey had left
their realm, resulting in shifters on Earth known as the Mystic and Iron Wolves
and even more she was still searching for.
Damien and
Lucas Cordell knew they’d share a Hearts Love when the time came. As the twin
sons of the Vampire King who’d mated a shifter, they were the first of their
kind. When they’d thought their mate was finally within their reach and was a
shifter like their mother only to realize she wasn’t theirs, they’d almost lost
their lives to the alpha of the Iron Wolves, Kellen Styles. Instead, the error
led them to the being that was…the Fey Queen Jennaveve. Only she was even more
elusive than the wind.
Time and
patience was something Damien and Lucas had in spades, until the female they’d
already laid claim to, even if she hadn’t accepted them yet, was taken by an
enemy. Saving Jenna became their one and only focus. As time and realms slip
between them, their fear for her had them forgetting about patience and made
claiming Jenna as their Hearts Love, hoping she accepted their Dark Embrace.
Will the
Cordell Twins be able to rescue Jenna from the evil who has taken her? Will
Jenna get her powers back? Who is the dark presence and how will they defeat a
being who is strong enough to bring the Fey Queen down to her knees?

 

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They both turned
as one toward the door as a commotion swirled into the room.
“What have you
done?” Raina asked.
Lucas looked at
the tall man who followed behind their sister, waiting to see what Creed, the
son of Satan, had to say. Hellboy himself would be a good one to have on their
side. “Shit, how’d you get in?” he asked as realization dawned.
Damien flashed to
his sister. “Where did you come from?” He held her by the arms, giving her a
little shake.
A deep rumble
came from Creed. “Boy, I suggest you unhand my Eros, or I’ll remove your arms
from your body.”
Lucas came to
stand next to his brother. “Our Hearts Love is missing along with our father.
We’ve been locked into this fucking castle and you two just strolled in like
it’s nothing. We just want to know if you can get us out.” The last was yelled
at a decibel that bordered on a roar, but Lucas was at the zero fucks giving
point.
“You got two
seconds before I start dismembering your brother. Tell him to get his fingers,
palms, and any other body part off my Raina if he wants to keep them.” Creed’s
voice had become the deep tone of his demon side.
“Damien, you
might want to take a step back before we have to rumble with our brother-in-law
in front of baby sis here. Raina, please answer the damn question while our
brother is letting you go. Now, Damien, release her.” He put as much order
behind the last part, hoping to reach his twin, but he’d never seen his twin’s
eyes turn such a dark obsidian like their father’s.
Raina wrapped her
arms around their brother, stilling Creed from going killer beast. “Damien,
calm down. We popped in like we always do. I felt mama’s distress and told
Creed I needed to visit. He of course insisted he come with. When we got here I
couldn’t find her, so I followed you two morons’ scents. There’s another, not
quite the same, but familiar smell here too.” Her voice shook, the slight
tremor more an indication of her rising worry. She released Damien and went to
the same corner. “It’s like dad but toned down.”
“Can you track
him?” Damien asked.
“No,” Creed
growled.
“He took
Jennaveve and our father went after him, alone. He’s our…brother,” Damien said
in a barely there whisper.
Raina spun to
face them, her hand going to her throat. “What?”
Creed flashed to
her side. “She will not be your sniffing dog.”
“Our father has
another son. Goddess, its messed up to even say that. He’s the one who hurt
Jenna. He nearly killed her the last time he had his hands on her. Somehow
that…bastard traced her back here and took her out from under our noses. Now,
our father is tracking them alone while we stand here arguing. We can’t breach
these walls, but you two can. You can sense him, Raina. Please.” Lucas held his
hand out, holding the pillow with Jenna’s scent still on it.
“That’s why
mother is hurting.” She moved forward, a tear slipping down her cheek. “Creed,
I can’t stand here and do nothing when my family is falling apart.”
“Damn it, I knew
this family stuff was going to be a pain in my ass.” Creed jerked the fabric
out of Lucas’s hand. “It’s the Fey Queen. I can scent her as well. We go
together, all of us on one condition.”
Lucas and Damian
nodded, waiting.
“I’m in charge
and Raina is not to be harmed.”
“Hellboy, you can
call all the shots as long as we find our Love.” There was nothing he wouldn’t
agree to in order to find Jenna.
“I’m so going to
regret this.” Creed dropped his chin to his chest.
Raina turned to
face Creed.
Damien pointed at
the two. “No making out with our sister in front of us. Save it for the
bedroom. Let’s go people, times a wasting.” He changed into all black clothing,
and although his words were teasing, the hardness behind the tone was anything
but.
“Can I eat them?”
Creed asked.
Raina shook her
head. “You promised to be nice to my family.”
“Can I let Liv
eat them?”
Their sister
snorted. “No, you told her she couldn’t do that either. Come on, boys. Let’s
get this party started.”
Lucas focused on
Jenna’s sweet smile and promised himself they’d have her tucked between them
soon. When he opened his eyes, his brother was staring with that same single
minded intent on his face. “We’ll get her back and make sure she can’t escape
without one of us always knowing where she’s at.”
Raina snorted.
“You two will learn, a woman like Jenna won’t take to being caged or coddled.”
He met Creed’s
dark stare. “How’s that working for you, Hellboy?”
Creed lifted his
middle finger. “You still wanting a way out of here, or we gonna sling insults
back and forth? Believe me, your little nickname is nothing compared to the
things I’ve been through and trust me, boy, I’ve definitely had much bigger
beings say much nastier things than that to me.”
Instant regret
punched him in the gut. “Damn it, I’m sorry man. You’re right. Hellboy isn’t
meant to be a…bad thing. Shit! I like you and I think you’re great for our
sister.”
His sister’s mate
tilted his head and nodded. “Good enough. Let’s go. One big circle like…well,
one big happy family.”
Damien groaned.
“Son of a bitch, not you, too.”
Their sister
clapped like she was proud to be part of the crazy, wrapping one arm around
Creed and held the other out. He moved forward, slipping his hand in hers,
waiting for Damien to grab onto his other one.
Once they formed
a circle, Creed’s lips formed a straight line. “Here we go boys and my girl.”
Darkness came
quickly. The opulent bedroom replaced by a forest that had gone eerily quiet.
Creed moved next to Raina, waving his hand around her, changing the sexy dress
she’d had on into all black, making her resemble a character from the movie
Underworld. He didn’t have time to question the man as they all seemed to
notice the unnatural quietness.
“Anyone know
exactly where we are?” Damien’s voice echoed around them.
Creed closed his
eyes, then opened them quickly. “We’re still on Earth. Something is unnatural
here, but it’s not demon born.”
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Elle Boon
lives in Middle-Merica as she likes to say…with her husband, two kids, and a
black lab who is more like a small pony. She’d never planned to be a writer,
but when life threw her a curve, she swerved with it, since she’s athletically
challenged. She’s known for saying “Bless Your Heart” and dropping lots of
F-bombs, but she loves where this new journey has taken her.
She writes
what she loves to read, and that is romance, whether it’s erotic, Navy SEALs,
or paranormal, as long as there is a happily ever after. Her biggest hope is
that after readers have read one of her stories, they fall in love with her
characters as much as she did. She loves creating new worlds, and has more
stories just waiting to be written. Elle believes in happily ever afters, and
can guarantee you will always get one with her stories.
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IMPERFECT MONSTER by Jennifer Bene #ReleaseBlitz @jbeneauthor @bookunleashed

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IMPERFECT MONSTER
USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Bene
Imperfect Monster
Genre: Dark Romance
Publication Date: January 20, 2018
I’m a monster. There are no pretty words for the things I’ve done.
Andre has been undercover for too many years. It’s made him cold, ruthless, vicious… a monster in Paulo Garcia’s drug empire. Then Nicky shows up with an envelope full of cash and a smart mouth. She just wanted to save her brother, but now she’s the one in danger and this imperfect monster is her only hope. Another twisted dark romance from USA Today bestseller Jennifer Bene!
An unputdownable new story by Jennifer Bene. Packed with an unrelenting darkness, fear, unexepected turns and some sizzling sex scenes.
– Ally’s Book Reviews, Goodreads Reviewer
Finally a book labelled as dark that truly is dark. This is the somewhat violent, often twisted and definitely dubious and steamy story of Nicky and Andre. And what a well written, attention holding, mind-blowing story it is.
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I was afraid. No other reaction was really appropriate as Andre planted one knee on the end of the bed, and I scrambled backward but he caught my ankle and yanked me flat. He was still clothed, sweaty and silent. “Don’t hurt me,” I whispered.
Something in his expression faltered, but then his eyes dropped to my chest and he grabbed my shoulder to turn me onto my side so he could undo the clasp of my bra. He tossed it aside, immediately palming my breasts as he straddled one of my thighs. Thumbs rolling over my nipples, I could barely process that they were already hard and peaked until I felt him tighten his grip and pinch them both.
“FUCK!” I screamed, whimpering as the pain shot like bolts of lightning through my breasts, forcing my back to arch in an effort to ease the strain. But Andre didn’t back off, he twisted them further and I felt tears in my eyes, grabbing onto his shoulders and digging my nails in as if it would make him stop.
Leaning over me, he bit down on my shoulder and I screamed again, pushing at his ribs as he released my tender nipples, and then he had both his legs inside of mine. Spreading me, digging his knees into my thighs so I had no way to stop him, but I could barely focus as his teeth pressed in harder.
“Please, please, please!” I begged, whining when he finally took a breath and released me, his dark eyes staring at the place his mouth had just been. Then he looked between us, and he grabbed my panties, tearing the pale blue fabric as his biceps bulged. The fabric burned against my hips as he ripped it, yanking the remnants out from under me so he could throw it aside. “Andre?”
His name didn’t seem to affect him at all as he slid his fingers between my legs, forcing two of them into me where I wasn’t wet in the least. I whimpered and lifted my hips off the bed, but he ran his thumb over my clit as his mouth moved to my breast, sucking on the tender bud as he stroked me below. For a minute or two, every shift of his fingers seemed to burn and ache, and then my body caught up and started to lubricate around his harsh touch. There was pleasure, and pain, as he opened me up, warming my body for what I knew would come next. It was almost cruel how deft his touch was, the way his thumb swirled over my clit, his mouth sucking and nipping at my breast, sending zings of sensation through my body.
I wanted to fight, and I didn’t. I wanted to give in, and I wanted him to take me by force.
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About Jennifer Bene

Jennifer Bene

Jennifer Bene is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance. She’s been in the Amazon Top 50, and had #1 top-selling books in BDSM, Suspense, Thrillers, Horror, and more. While she’s been writing for years, it’s always been the dark stuff that makes her tingly, so her books are full of aggressive alpha males, feisty women who may or may not have a submissive streak, and intense, psychological story lines. Don’t worry though, she always insists on having a nice little happily-ever-after, because without the dark we’d never appreciate the light.
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MASTERING HER FEAR
BJ Wane
Mastering Her Fear
Series: Miami Masters Book
Genre: Erotic Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Blushing Books
Publication Date: January 12, 2018
He walked away from her once. Would keeping the full truth from him cost her a second chance?
Julie Martin pulled on Jackson Davenport’s protective urges the minute he stepped outside and saw his five-year-old neighbor go flying off her swing to land in a heap of gangly arms and legs then come up smiling. When he discovered how her parents pressed her into competing in beauty pageants for their own selfish gratification, he took it upon himself to provide her with the friendship the little girl craved. Years later, just when his adult feelings – and body – began to desire more from the beautiful young woman she’d grown up to be, Julie moved away to take the modeling world by storm. Jackson’s first encounter with the changes in her broke his heart and he severed all ties with her.
Six years after Julie lost the most important person in her life, she returns to Jackson a broken woman, unable to cope with the nightmare that changed her life forever. When Jackson discovers her penchant for cutting herself to deal with the fear, he shows her a new side of him she’s never seen before, and a new way to get through the darkness that continues to plague her.
Even though Julie embraces Jackson’s dominant sexuality and the way his painful administrations work much better at calming her fears, the truth of what happened the night her two friends were murdered stands between them. Will she be able to set aside her guilt to tell him the entire truth, or will she once again lose the only person who can complete her?

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The sudden glare of flashbulbs nearly blinded Jackson as they stepped outside, but it was the immediate change in Julie’s demeanor that snared his attention. Gone was the vain, brittle woman he’d just spent an uncomfortable dinner with and in her place preened a gushing, simpering celebrity putting on airs for the tabloids. Bitterness that rivaled what he’d felt when Federal agents invaded his home and arrested his parents for drug dealing and complicity in a child’s death rolled through him. It wasn’t fair to have his illusions ripped out from under him twice in a lifetime.
Needing to get away, Jackson stepped away from her and hailed the next cab then gave her a quick hug as soon as the reporters left. “Good seeing you again, Julie.” He kissed her forehead and turned, ignoring her as she called after him in a puzzled voice.
“Jackson?”
But as he reached for the handle of the taxi, Jackson held up a finger, bidding him to wait. Spinning back around, he caught a glimpse of confused insecurity on Julie’s face before she masked it behind the façade he’d been staring at all night as he strode over to her. Yanking her against him, he held her head immobile by cupping her nape. Swooping down, he kissed her, fast and hard, refusing to give in to the temptation to linger, to savor, to take more. Her low moan of instant surrender threatened his resolve to walk away, but he forced himself to remember the past hour, the worst he’d spent in her company. Pulling back with a sigh of regret and heavy ache for all he had lost, he drank in her face one last time. “Have a good life, Julie.” Ignoring her astonishment and the arousal in those amethyst eyes, he hopped in the cab and didn’t glance back.
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Other Books by BJ Wane

Seven men from troubled childhoods bond as teens at a summer camp for juvenile delinquents, a bond that carries through to adulthood and adds a penchant for BDSM. Each of these dominant, over-protective men meet their match in the Miami Masters series, filled with emotional trauma and heart-pounding suspense.
 

Bound and Saved
BOOK ONE
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Master Me, Please
BOOK TWO
$4.99

 

About BJ Wane

I live in the Midwest with my husband and our two dogs. I love dogs, enjoy spending time with my daughter, babysitting dogs and kids, reading and working puzzles. We have traveled extensively throughout the states, Canada and just once overseas, but I now much prefer being homebody. I worked for a while writing articles for a local magazine but soon found my interest in writing for myself peaking. My first book was strictly spanking erotica, but I slowly evolved to writing erotic spanking romance with a touch of suspense. My favorite genre to read is suspense.
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