Monday, December 9, 2019

FREE! Bedeviled The Beguiling Bachelors, Book 3 By Madison Michael

The Beguiling Bachelors, Book 3
By Madison Michael
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About Bedeviled:
If You Build Your Love on Lies, You Better Run Faster than the Truth Newly appointed Finance Director, Charlotte Roche escaped dangers lurking in Boston by moving to Chicago. A new name, a new beginning - all built on lies. Believing she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade? or will Alex's probing questions pierce her carefully rehearsed story? Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm’s length. But when Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury, Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty. Does he dare risk his reputation, his fortune, his friends, and his heart by letting her get close? How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? With exposure imminent, their freshly forged relationship is in jeopardy and so are their lives. Can their love survive or are they bedeviled? Join Alex and Charlotte, in this steamy romance, the third in the five-star rated Beguiling Bachelor series. The suspense builds as the characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden” help tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers. ASIN: B06WLQL2FT Genre: Steamy Romantic Suspense Amazon Buy Link:
Excerpt from Bedeviled:
Keeping his mind on the topic always took all of Alex’s effort anyway. When Charlotte sat hip-to-hip with him as she had today, he felt the heat of her skin, saw the long length of thigh exposed in front of him, heard her heavy post-run breathing until he was in sensory overload. She smelled so good, not stinky and sweaty like he must. She smelled classy and expensive with all those clean, floral scents. She smelled like a woman he could trust.
More like a woman I want to trust.
Thinking back, Alex recognized that she had been hiding something all along. When he wasn’t lost in a sensual fog, he was able to zero in on where the conversations lagged, when she got testy with his probing or tried to change the subject. It had something to do with her life in Boston before she moved to Chicago and it was something that had been going on for a while. She was practiced at her excuses by the time she used them on him. She was making too many trips back East for ‘Harvard stuff.’ She had met Regan Howe through this same ‘Harvard stuff’ yet Regan went back to her alma mater only once or twice a year, if that.
Oh yeah, Charlotte is definitely up to something and I intend to find out what. I have been patient long enough.
Sitting waiting now for Charlotte to arrive at Starbucks, Alex promised himself that he would get to the bottom of this or walk away.
Since she had declined his offer of a ride, Alex currently sat at a shady outside table enjoying the last of summer, waiting for her to walk over and speculating on her possible secrets. He was planning his subtle interrogation during the few minutes Charlotte would need to make her way across the park,
Stubborn. She should have just accepted the ride.
You driving over or walking?” she had asked him, once they caught their breath.
“I have the car if you want a ride?” When she hesitated, he tried tempting her. “I have the new car.”
Alex was the proud owner of a brand new Mercedes AMG. The sleek, luxury sports car suited him despite most people’s image of him as logical, conservative and staid. The need for speed was actually deep in his blood. “You will love it, tight on the curves, fast and quiet. She purrs,” he had bragged.
Charlotte hesitated on his last remark and Alex had been sure she would accept. “The new car, huh?” she sounded intrigued. “I am excited to see it at last, Alex. You have certainly been talking about it long enough.”
“I need to walk off this tight hamstring, so I’ll have to pass this time,” she had replied reluctantly. “Meet you there in five.” Of course, Charlotte had been Charlotte, and that included being unpredictable.
Charlotte, leaving Alex standing there, had taken off across the park without a backward glance. Alex stood dumbfounded a moment, watching her slow jog-walk toward the trail across the grassy lawns of Lincoln Park. She was heading directly toward their usual post-run Starbucks and if he didn’t get moving, she would be there first.
Still he stood, willing her to look back and flash him that smile that changed her whole face. She didn’t, of course, and Alex was left standing there, admiring her lithe figure and the smooth bunch and release of her muscles in those tiny running shorts as she moved into the distance. Reminding himself to close his gaping mouth, Alex jogged to the parking lot, trading an extra moment of admiring a beautiful woman for a few short moments admiring his beautiful new car.
Arriving at the coffee shop several minutes before Charlotte, Alex was forced to cool his heels. He spent the time piecing together anything he could think of to uncover Charlotte’s deep, dark, secret. Admittedly, he needed the ten-minute head start away from her to give his overheated blood a little cooling time too. He kept envisioning the two of them in that sweet ride, sitting close with their sweat-slicked bodies. The image had intensified the jolts of.electricity already coursing through his veins from running beside her scantily clothed body.
Too bad she turned me down. One of these days we will be in tight quarters, all alone, and I will make my move. I have resisted too long already.
Since the mention of her tight hamstring, all Alex could think about was massaging her leg, and moving up from there. Did the woman not understand what she was doing to him? After all, he was a healthy red-blooded man. How long was he supposed to watch her round little ass wiggle in front of him, or the glide of muscles in those incredible legs – or OMG – her breasts bob up and down in those little running tops. The woman was killing him. He wanted her so badly he could taste it.
He chided himself to stop thinking of her that way, as he always did when he lusted after her. He would catch himself wanting her and repress the overwhelming sexual response that had plagued him since the beginning. She was so much more than just beautiful and sexy. She was a brilliant woman, funny, witty, complex and delightful. She considered him a running partner, and a friend…
…but that body, oh, that body. Stop it!
Alex determined to stay focused on what she might be trying to cover up and got his desire under control. He reviewed the signs – when she changed topics or failed to make eye contact. He carefully dissected her words while he waited for her to arrive. He knew she was being intentionally elusive. Alex resolved again that today would be the day he found out what she was concealing, beginning as soon as she arrived.
Speaking of arriving, Charlotte should have shown up long before now. She would have, unless something had happened. How long had he been sitting, pondering? How much time had passed?
Heart racing like a freight train, Alex ran into the park. Unsure why, he was terrified of what he might find.
About Madison Michael: Madison Michael is an indie publisher, blogger and the author of the Beguiling Bachelor Series as well as the novella Desire & Dessert, from her sizzling B&B Billionaire Bachelor series. A Chicago native and hopeless romantic, Maddy was raised on Chicago culture, fairy tales, great literature and swashbuckling movies. Maddy employs that history, writing steamy contemporary romance novels set against the sumptuous backdrop of Chicago’s elite society. After receiving a BA in Journalism from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, Madison abandoned her writing to find her way in the corporate business world. Daughter of a librarian, it was inevitable that she would return to the world of books. Maddy writes from high above Chicago where she can stare at its gorgeous skyline or the shores of Lake Michigan surrounded by feline assistants. When she is not writing,, Maddy can be found lost in a book, fighting for the rights of the mentally iil or dining on Chicago’s famous cuisine. Hot dogs and pizza, anyone? Social Links: Website: Maddy's Romance Madness: Maddy's Blog: Facebook: Twitter: Amazon Author Page: Pinterest: Instagram:

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Review: Gambling on the Artist by Wynter Daniels

Gambling on the Artist (Cat's Paw Cove, #3)Gambling on the Artist by Wynter Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Artist Samantha (Sam) Cartwright and Eli Kincaid meet in the enchanting town of Cats Paw Cove. Sam is a starving artist, down on her luck with money and men. Eli comes along, a knight in shining armor, willing to help her tend to her Aunt Emma's metaphysical shop while the older woman is out of town.

Sam has inherited a valuable piece of jewelry, one her Aunt Emma told her to keep. Unbeknownst to Sam, Eli is really there to steal the jewelry to protect his fragile older sister and to keep a loan shark from killing him.

Will Sam continue the path of bad money and bad men? Or will the jewelry have a supernatural power to change her luck? No spoilers from me, just 5 shiny sapphires and a recommendation to read this fast-paced, entertaining story.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review: Sunburn by Laura Lippman

SunburnSunburn by Laura Lippman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been reading Ms. Lippman's books for a good many years. This by far, was the best one yet (I know, she has more!). This is a story of a woman who has been abused and exploited most of her life. When she abandons her husband and three-year old child and makes a run for it to disappear in Delaware, she is unaware that she is being followed by a PI named Adam. Employed by a mendacious crook once involved in criminal dealings with Polly's ex, Adam finds himself falling in love with the subject of his investigation. Is there a chance for their relationship? Or is Polly like the socialite in BODY HEAT, an unrepentant man eater? The listener (great narrator!) alternates between feeling pity for Polly and despising her and feeling Adam is either a chump or a true romantic. There are no in betweens in this story. Told in third person, present tense, the reader is immersed completely in the story in real time (BRILLIANT!) Be prepared to be engrossed in this psychological thriller and to be stunned by the ending.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The HungerThe Hunger by Alma Katsu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What could be creepier than cannibalism? This book. Set aside any fanciful notions you have about pioneers crossing the great sea of the American west and prepare to be up all night with this gripping story. THE HUNGER is at once a retelling of a historical story (the Donner Party, who hasn't heard of them?), a psychological profiling of the people heading west (not all were "good" folks, many had destroyed their social standing back East), a examination of the meaning of family (lots of widow, lots of step-children), and a supernatural tale that will make you get up and turn on all the lights. Ms. Katsu's research is detailed and impeccable, placing the reader in the scene, bumping along in those wagons that broke down with alarming frequency. Her word choice evokes a need to get up and raid the refrigerator and her descriptions of people, places, and events are vivid. From the start with little whispers, to the increasingly odd events, slow to appear at first but coming faster with impeccable pacing, this book is a master class in horror. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a view into past events from a very different perspective.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

The Wicked GirlsThe Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading THE KILLER NEXT DOOR, I immediately dove into THE WICKED GIRLS--and I was NOT disappointed. Two girls, children from opposite ends of the social spectrum, meet on a hot summer day. The wealthier child takes pity on the poor one and gives her a gift of candy that the shop owner wouldn't allow the poor child to buy. What begins as an act of kindness devolves into a day from hell from both children. Years later, they meet again. Both are terrified by this bizarre turn of events. Each has paid a terrible price for that hot summer day, but no one will permit them the luxury of being forgiven. This is a tragic tale of of family secrets, truth, justice, and redemption. Have tissues at hand and be prepared to be stunned by the ending.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

New Release: It's a Trust Thing by Peggy Jaeger

Nell Newbery has trust issues. It’s hard to trust when you’re the daughter of a fallen financial scion who bilked people out of billions. Nell’s done everything in her power to keep away from men who see her as their ticket to fortune and fame. All she wants to do is run her ultra-successful business, HELPFUL HUNKS, in peace.
But it wouldn’t hurt to find a guy who doesn’t know a thing about her father’s felonious past; one she can give her heart to and trust it won’t come back to her battered, bruised, and broken.
Is Charlie Churchill that guy? On the surface he seems perfect, all polished manners and quiet mirth. Nell’s convinced he knows nothing about her, other than she likes superhero movies and views junk food as a food group.
Can she trust him to be what he appears to be? Or is he just pretending?
For Nell, trust is everything in life…and in love.

He opened the passenger door for me and I got in.

“You never answered me,” he said when I was seated. “Would you like to do this again?”

I’d lived my entire adult life taking chances in my professional life but shying away from them in my personal one. The reasons to avoid becoming involved were valid ones, in my mind, and they’d served me well.

But there was something so different about this man, something that wanted me to finally give in and take a chance that he wouldn’t be like all the other men I’d gotten close to. He wouldn’t use me to his own end; he wouldn’t betray me; he wouldn’t lie to me about who and what he was.

And dammit, I deserved to have some fun.

All this ran through my head as he stood, patiently waiting for my answer.

It really didn’t take much effort on my part to make a decision. With a half grin and my gaze staying zeroed in on his, I reached into my briefcase and pulled out one of my business cards. While the driver waited, I wrote my private cell number on the back of it. There were only five people on the planet who had this number.

Now, Charlie did as well.

 As I handed it to him, I cocked my head and said, “Maybe next time we can get through an evening without me needing first aid or being mugged.”

His jaw wide smile made my stomach muscles flutter. He leaned in, gave me a quick peck on the cheek and said, “Where would the fun be in that?”
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Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: Her Homerun Hottie by Wynter Daniels

Her Homerun Hottie (Cat's Paw Cove, #2)Her Homerun Hottie by Wynter Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tori Sutherland is a successful events planner in the unique oceanside town of Cats Paw Cove. For years, she has bedazzled people with her parties. The City Council selects her over her snarky high school rival to create a unique celebration for the town’s Tricentennial and she is overjoyed. When they tell her the guest of honor is Heath Castillo, the hometown boy made good baseball star she is panic stricken.

Sure, she knows Heath—maybe a little too well. Her one true love let her know years ago she was not his one true love. Doubly frustrating for Tori because not only is she an events planner, she’s also an earthbound Cupid whose one big matchmaking failure is herself. Despite her fears, she welcomes the handsome Heath back to town by reassuring herself she can manage her emotions for a few days.

Heath is tired of the groupies, gold diggers and stalkers. He’s excited and nervous about being with Tori again. There are a lot of things he wishes he had said to her but couldn’t back in the day. Will Cupid’s arrow hit both their hearts?

An adorable romp about a second chance at love with a touch of suspense, I give this book five shiny hearts and highly recommend this read. Enjoy!

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