GIVEAWAY! SINGLE MALT by Layla Reyne

GIVEAWAY! SINGLE MALT by Layla Reyne

SINGLE MALT (Agents Irish & Whiskey) by Layla Reyne

The heart’s a resilient beast… 

Widower Aidan Talley refuses to love again. Enter handsome younger cyberagent, Jameson Walker. As they investigate cybercrimes and his late husband’s murder, Aidan falls hard for Jamie, putting their jobs, lives and hearts on the line. SINGLE MALT is perfect for fans of Mr. & Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon and the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban.

 

Advanced praise for Single Malt: 

A sexy, action-packed read that had me wanting the next book! –HelenKay Dimon, author of Mr. & Mr. Smith

With sharp writing, compelling characters, and an engaging plot, Single Malt is the M/M romantic suspense series I’ve been waiting for. – Santino Hassell, award-winning author of the FIVE BOROUGHS series

“Single Malt is full of explosive chemistry, captivating characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. A must read for any romantic suspense fan!” — Megan Erickson, USA Today Bestselling author


Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits.

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable.

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security bio-containment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.

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MASTERS OF FATE by Linsey Hall

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MASTERS OF FATE by Linsey HallMasters of Fate by Linsey Hall
Series: Mythean Arcana #6
Published by Bonnie Doon Press Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Aurora is a Soulceress, one of only two still surviving.  She also happens to be the most despised because of her past actions when she was insane.  Aurora is sane again, thanks to her sister’s actions, but every day she has to fight to resist taking souls again.  This is a fight that she is hiding even from her sister and the few friends that she has gained.  When Aurora is tasked with going back to the ancient city of the Soulceresses and to fix whatever has gone wrong there, she accepts because this one action will cement her place at the University.  Aurora takes off knowing she has the support of her sister and several others at the University, and she goes to meet with the person who reported the power flares in the first place.

 

Felix is a half-blood wolf shifter who has lived through being captured and terrorized which affects him even now.  Yet, he still helps when called on even if he prefers to live in the middle of nowhere, outside the shell of the city of the Soulceresses.  It is his way to connect to the one woman he has always loved and believes was killed during a time when humans hunted down and killed what they didn’t understand.  So he is amazed and shocked when the person sent to him by the University is Aurora.

 

Aurora never expected to see Felix again.  Their first meeting was shaky, but then it seemed like they fell back into their old cadence of teamwork.  Aurora believed that the disturbance was from something she did while insane yet, as they investigated, it soon became clear that this was nothing that Aurora created.   While following even more clues, they learn that the answers to what happened to Aurora in the past had nothing to do with her actions and more to do with a power grabbing entity.  Now in order to save the present and to let them have the love that was denied to them centuries ago, they must go back in the past to track down who or what was after Aurora’s power and to put a stop to it once and for all.  Even with the help of powerful others from the University, it will be Aurora and Felix and their strong love that will conquer the day and put an end to the evil that haunts Aurora daily.

 

Past lovers will get their second chance, but only if they can discover and destroy the evil that threatens them in Master of Fate.  I knew that Aurora had a problem fighting her need for souls from past books, but I was amazed as I read each page to discover just what was truly behind her need for souls.  I loved watching as Aurora and Felix found their second chance at love and then fought for it with everything they had.  I found myself rooting for Aurora as the pages turned, and I knew that Felix was going to do everything he could to make sure he didn’t lose her again.  The final act was satisfying and full of suspense making it the perfect way to give Aurora and Felix to begin their new future together.  Master of Fate takes you back and forth from present to points in the past to deliver a love that will last long into the future.

BAYOU HEAT by Laura Wright & Alexandra Ivy

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BAYOU HEAT by Laura Wright & Alexandra IvyBayou Heat by Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright
Series: Collection One
Published by Self Published Genres: Paranormal
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Raphael / Parish

 

Raphael

 

Ashe Pascal seems that she has spent her entire life taking care of her mother and as she got older, paying off her debts.  Right now, Ashe is both a bit scared and confused as she is pregnant and has no idea how or who the father is, but she has had a few flashes of a hot night with an unknown man—a night and a man she does not remember.

 

Raphael is a suit, one of the Pantera’s diplomatic people. Yet right this minute, Raphael is shaken as he just figured out that the woman he spent an erotic night with is pregnant with his child.  This is something that should not have happened as she is human, yet he knows what he smelled.  Now his only instinct is to track her down and figure out how to convince this woman to be with him and to have what will become a miracle child to his people.

 

Ashe isn’t sure that she believes what Raphael is telling her, but seeing is believing and so is almost being killed.  Now Ashe has moved into the Panteras’ secret home and hopes that she has made the right decision for both herself and her unborn child.  While most of the Pantera is welcoming to Ashe and their child, it seems that someone, or a few someones, doesn’t believe that this child should see the light of day.  Just when Ashe has come to accept not only the love that Raphael shows her, but that she is having a magical child, an attack on Ashe risks everything that she and Raphael were hoping for their future.

 

Parish

 

Parish Montreuil is the leader of the Hunters for the Pantera.  When Raphael asks him to find a doctor to help his mate, Ashe, and their unborn child, Parish heads out to do just that.  Unfortunately, his way of doing so places things in jeopardy and now the entire Pantera is holding its breath on what this doctor will do—stay and help or tell the world about them.

 

Dr. Julia Cabot is just ending her rounds on her last day of a job she loved, all because of a doctor whom she trusted.  Julia isn’t sure what her next move is going to be, but first she has to finish this last day and leave the hospital.  However, the next thing she knows, Julia is waking up in a strange place and surrounded by people she does not know.  That is when she learns about the Pantera and about the woman and unborn child who need her help.

 

Parish is fighting his inner self and the instant attraction and protectiveness he feels for Julia.  Maybe he didn’t go about his job as the diplomats would have done, but he did find the best doctor for the job and brought her back.  Now he also wants to bring her to his home and his bed.  Julia is faced with wonders every time she turns around in this new place and one of those wonders is the very man who kidnapped her in the first place.  Julia has very little to go back to in the “real world”, but will she find what she needs to convince her to stay in this new and magical world and with Parish?

 

 

Bayon / Jean-Baptiste

 

Bayon

 

Bayon is a Hunter who just received the job to track down those who attacked Ashe and tried to kill both her and her unborn child.  They need to find out just what they did to her.  Several clues have the Pantera wondering if an ancient enemy has arisen again, and Bayon is out to find out this answer.  Yet as he tracks down those he seeks, what he finds both shocks him and warms his heart at the same time.

 

Keira Montreuil at one time was the leader of the Hunters then she was captured and has been held for years.  Keira actually has no idea how long she has been held and lately she fears that her time is almost up.  Keira has fought to keep her sanity and her inner self together by living day-by-day.  Then one night her cage is opened by a man she never thought to see again.

 

Bayon loved Keira since they were youths and has thought her dead for many years now.  Finding her alive and bringing her home is something he knows will bring joy to more than just him.  Then Keira makes a request of Bayon that he knows will put him at odds with his current boss, but he just can’t say no to Keira on it.  Together, Bayon and Keira work to get back her memories and find out who was behind her capture, because they both know that somehow and someway she walked into a trap and there was something about it that caused her brain to ‘forget’ what she saw.  When the truth comes out and Keira reveals herself, the Pantera will realize just what has targeted them and learn the ramifications.

 

Jean-Baptiste

 

Jean-Baptiste is a Nurturer for the Pantera and a sexy one with piercings and tattoos. Just about all of his people believe that he is just laid-back and likes to live away from everyone, but the truth is that he has almost lost control of his inner Puma.  Only a very talented witch and a tattooist have been able to help Jean-Baptiste keep his control.  Now he has been teamed up with a buttoned down diplomat and asked to bring this same witch to their home in hopes she can help Ashe.

 

Genevieve Burel was born to be a diplomat, but recently she began a very special and secret job—one she believes will keep the home and people she loves safe.  Genevieve is one of the few who knows firsthand that their homeland is losing its magic and soon they will be revealed to the world.  Genevieve heads out on a mission, but her mission is exactly the opposite of what her partner’s is.  It would be much easier lying to him and everyone else if she wasn’t intensely attracted to Jean-Baptiste.

 

As a team, Jean-Baptiste and Genevieve seem to bicker more than work together, but as potential lovers, they steam up every room they enter.  When the witch not only doesn’t agree to help, but also tells Jean-Baptiste that she won’t help him any longer if he pushes this, he must make a hard decision.  Genevieve all but does a happy dance when the witch says no to them and then the unthinkable happens, and they both give in to the passion between them.  When she wakes up from an erotic and loving night with Jean-Baptiste, Genevieve learns that her mission is in crumbles and that the witch is already in their home.  Now Genevieve must decide if she can do something to keep her new job and undo what was done or if she must trust Jean-Baptiste’s instincts, faith, and his love.  By the end of this mission either the Pantera and their home will be helped, or it will be destroyed.

 

Talon / Xavier

 

Talon

 

Talon is a Hunter who was just asked to keep the witch brought in to their home safe until she has a chance to help Ashe; that is if she will even agree to help her because all she wants is to leave their mists.  Talon isn’t too happy about this, but then he meets her and discovers that her scent draws him in more than any other woman Talon has ever met.

 

Isi has been on her own the majority of her young life.  Her magic is one that can skirt the line, but Isi has never bent her own internal rules and ethics.  She wants to help out the sick woman and her unborn child, but something about this very land makes her sicker than she has ever been.  Then there is Talon, the Hunter sent to keep track of her and in whose house she is living.  Everything about him draws her in and, to top it off, somehow he takes away the sickness that Isi feels every moment of every day.

 

Talon is beginning to wonder what is going on.  His own interactions with Isi tells him that she is not evil or bad, but rather sexy and passionate would be his terms—even when she fights with him.  When Isi finally meets Ashe, they and the entire Pantera get a shock.  It seems that past actions are coming to bite the Pantera in the behind.  Once the truth is known, Isi is determined to help Ashe and to find out exactly what happened when they were so young.  Talon also wants to know what happened back then, but even more important to him is convincing Isi that the passion they feel is real and their love will only be positive.

 

Xavier

 

Xavier is the leader of the Geeks for the Pantera and right now his mission is to track down the human male that seems to be the key to unlock all of the answers on what happened with Ashe and Isi and why the Pantera can’t have children until Ashe’s pregnancy proved otherwise and to do so before their enemies can find him first.  Xavier usually has a single focus when on this type of mission.  That is until the night he finds his best friend’s little sister partying in a bar surrounded by all kinds of males, and she’s drunk.  Xavier makes her come home with him and then forces himself to not to give in to his wants.

 

Amalie is a Hunter, and she also has the distinction of being the last child to be born of the Pantera.  As such, everyone still treats her as a child, including the one man she has always loved and knows to be her mate.  However, Amalie is a woman with needs and one night she decides to try and give into them.  Who does she meet but Xavier.  After yet another rejection, Amalie decides to stop beating against a wall and when she and another Hunter find the flower which brings a festival, she decides to dress up and go with him.

 

Xavier knows he shouldn’t give in to his feelings, but a man can only take so much, and watching Amalie be held by another man all dressed up is it.  A single night of passion doesn’t solve all of their issues.  In fact, it might have made them worse.  When Xavier tracks down the man they are all searching for, it’s Amalie who is teamed up with him as a Hunter to help bring the man into the Pantera mists.  What they learn that night is that their passion will never go away and that the very people that the entire Pantera looked up to for guidance might be the very persons who doomed them to extinction.  Now that they all know what brought about the lessening of the magic and the childlessness, is there any way to turn the tide the other way?

 

Bayou Heat is a collection of six short stories where passion and love win the day each time, but what I found the most intriguing was the underlying story of past arrogance and misuse of power that has placed an entire people at risk.  I loved watching the story slowly unravel as each couple found their happiness.  However, because of the actions of the past and a disaster of a last ditch attempt to right the wrongs, I can tell you that this is just the beginning of the story and that all of the Pantera will have a long ways to go before they can live in peace and safety again.  But I know that with each action taken, there will be couples like Rapael and Ashe, Parish and Julia, Bayon and Keira, Jean-Baptiste and Genevieve, Talon and Isi, and Xavier and Amalie who will team up and find an unbreakable love that will guide them until peace, love, and safety again rule their world.  Bayou Heat is full of suspense, danger, passion, and love to the extreme, all of which help guide the underlying story which brought the Pumas of the Pantera to where they are now.

SECRETS AT MIDNIGHT by Nalini Singh

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SECRETS AT MIDNIGHT by Nalini SinghSecrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling
Published by Penguin Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Bastien Smith is a financial genius for the DarkRiver pack.  Lately, Bastien has been going crazy, because he has scented his mate, but when he tries to follow it, it just goes away.  And then he found another scent that was different, but also seemed to point towards his mate and again, it just disappeared.  But he found the answer after helping an elder packmate back to her apartment from his mother’s house.

 

Kirby has just moved into the DarkRiver territory and was hired as a kindergarten teacher.  Kirby was raised by the State after being found outside a house fire that killed her parents and no relatives could be found for her.  Kirby has always known the bare basics of her past, but after moving to her new house and her new job, strange things have been happening to her.  Those strange occurrences just got worse after meeting Bastien.

 

Bastien knows that something is odd with Kirby, because her scent is split and when she suddenly starts having episodes of sudden pains, fevers and semi-shifting, he knows that Kirby’s past must have more in it than even she realizes.  Together, they work to learn just what Kirby’s past is, while Bastien works to show Kirby that no matter what they find, she will always be his mate—human, half-blood, or whatever the truth reveals.  As the facts come together, Kirby learns that she is a shifter, just not a leopard like Bastien.  With the love and support from Bastien and his pack, Kirby is able to learn what the tragic past hid from her and finds that she isn’t alone in the world after all.  Kirby is at another changing point.  Will she go to her lost past, or will she go forward with Bastien into the loving future that awaits them?

 

A leopard whose human part is on the hunt for his disappearing mate, and a shy schoolteacher with a hidden past will discover just what the future holds for them both in Secrets at Midnight.  I will say right away that this novella was in the anthology Nightshift, so if you have that you might not want this standalone or you might be like me and want this as a standalone for your psy-changeling library.  I loved watching as Bastien gently showed Kirby that their attraction was so much more and then helped her discover the truth about her very being.  I also have to admit to cheering for Kirby when she met Mercy the first time. It’s a part that I have read over a couple of times just because it’s so fun.  Mostly I found that watching as Kirby and Bastien found each other and traveled through their mating dance to be a page-turner.  There is nothing better than seeing a changeling find his forever mate and completing their mating dance.  I can only hope that the future is bright and shiny for both of them.  Secrets at Midnight is a perfect few hours of escape filled with love, passion, and discovery.

ROCK WEDDING by Nalini Singh

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ROCK WEDDING by Nalini SinghRock Wedding by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #4
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Sarah Smith was very young and pretty naïve when she fell in love and married the man of her dreams, or so she thought.  Sarah knew that Abe and the rock group he was in was moving up when she married Abe, but she never expected how the pressures and other trip-falls of that stardom would destroy all of her dreams.  Now, it’s several years later, and Sarah has learned the hard way that dreams really don’t always come true.  Strangely enough, just when Sarah needed someone to help her, it was Abe who stepped in.

 

Abe Bellamy is a member of Schoolboy Choir, a rock band that has been at the top of the charts for years now.  Abe has had to struggle with his demons while the band rose in fame and part of realizing he needed help was when he single-handedly destroyed his marriage with Sarah.  Abe knows he threw away one of the best things he ever had when he forced Sarah to leave him.  Abe has had time to be clean and sober, and it hurts more than ever as Abe relives those years with Sarah.

 

Abe is hoping that he might just have a chance to show Sarah that he has changed and become a better man, and maybe she would be willing to give him a second chance.  Sarah is more than wary when Abe is suddenly coming around, sending her thoughtful and heartwarming gifts and just being the man she once thought she had married.  As Abe learns about what Sarah has gone through in the years since their parting, he learns that she has overcome several things that would have put most people down.  When Sarah and Abe learn that she has become pregnant, the stakes are even higher for Sarah and Abe.  As the nine months pass, Sarah and Abe learn each other again and each discovers they have fallen back in love with the other.  The questions are, can Sarah trust Abe to be her future and that of their child’s enough to give them that golden future, or is it too late for them?

 

Young marriages in the glare of stardom rarely last long.  Sarah and Abe learned that all too well but maybe, just maybe, they have found a way for a second chance at the love and future they tried for so long ago in Rock Wedding.  I have to admit I always wondered just what destroyed Abe and Sarah’s marriage.  Learning just what happened had me hoping even harder that Sarah and Abe would win this time as I followed their ups and downs of rediscovering each other.  Several times I cheered for them and, of course, there were the times that I wanted to give them both a hug.  What I really loved was how the band members all did what they could to help out Sarah and Abe, including using their finances.

 

I loved watching Abe and Sarah not only fall in love again, but also their journey to becoming parents.  Another thing I loved was seeing all four weddings and how each wedding perfectly matched the couple involved.  Rock Wedding is an awesome second-chance-at-love story and more—it is the perfect way to the love and happiness for each member of Schoolboy Choir.  After I read this story, I actually had to start at the beginning and re-read the entire series from start to end.

SLAVE FOR TWO by Morticia Knight

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DARING IN A BLUE DRESS by Katie MacAlister

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UNHINGE by Calia Read

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THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux

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PURSUED BY THE VISCOUNT by Carole Mortimer

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PRETTY HUMAN by Kayleigh Sky

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POWERLESS by S. A. McAuley

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ONE BREATH, ONE BULLET by S. A. McAuley

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JEFFERSON BLYTHE, ESQUIRE by Josh Lanyon

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FALLING, ONE BY ONE by S. A. McAuley

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FLESH MARKET by Kate Lowell

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ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR by Jenna Brynes

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WOOING THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER by Charlie Richards

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THE UNTAMED PET by Samantha Cayto

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DOMINANT PREDATOR by S. A. McAuley

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