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From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming. 

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Cocky Bastard

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

✯✯✯1/2 Stars

‘They say if you let something go and it doesn’t come back to you, it was never really yours to begin with. But considering I was the one who initially left in this situation, all bets were off.’

With a title like this you never know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised that- sure Chance was definitely cocky but a bastard? No; we have to disagree with the title. Chance is what kept us reading this story, he was gorgeous and funny – sweet and understanding. He went through so much, be it from his past or his present. Sure he should have tried honesty, but after eight days?! We fell in complete love with him and like we said he’s the reason we stuck with it. Well him and a lovable fainting goat.

“You want to sin with me, Princess?”

The writing was engaging and we were definitely enjoying the story of how Chance met Ahhbree. We had a few laughs and it felt quite seductive to begin with so we were eager to find out how their story was to pan out. Kudos to the Authors for throwing in a spanner that completely came as a surprise. We loved this part of the story and once again it showed Chance as a man with a big heart who protects those he loves. And when he woo’s bloody hell does he WOO!!!!!!

“I’m here. You have me. The question is, do you want to keep me, or will you throw me away?”

So, where we struggled was with the amount spent together versus the time spent apart. As in they spent more time apart than together. Eight days from meeting to parting being the only time spent together over more than two years. Is it possible to have a love so cemented and final? We just didn’t connect with this part of the story it just didn’t feel convincing at all.

“Without you, I see nothing. Nothing.”

Our other issue was Aubrey; whilst we really liked her for the first part of the story she began to annoy us and get on our reading nerves. Yes she’d been treated in an emotionally appalling way, however – carry a grudge much – after receiving a life changing and emotionally driven explanation she proceeded to drag it out leaving two men hanging on tenterhooks and giving their all for her existence? Granted, she was partially aware and we do understand her reluctance to an extent but it went on for the better part of the story and began to drag. We couldn’t believe how hard Chance had to work, he literally put the Rrrrrrr in romance! So sadly no, this part of the story just didn’t work for us which is why we only liked it and didn’t love it. Chance and the goat stole the show! We want to be on the back of that bike!

‘Sometimes, those who put up the biggest shields are those who are protecting the biggest heart.’

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the authors, with thanks.**

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Book Three in The Corruption Series. You must read SPIN and RUIN before reading RULE! 

Theresa and Antonio.
They’ve been through hell. Antonio has a price on his head for turning his back on a marriage deal, and Theresa has no intention of turning her back on him. They’re devoted and strong, ready for anything…. 

A Love Tested To The Limit 
And then, someone from Antonio’s past reappears. Someone who can give him everything he ever wanted, and who can shake them to their very core.


In this stunning conclusion to the USA Today Bestselling series, Antonio and Theresa will have their passion, their devotion and their very will to live tested.

Rule Collage

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ ‘ siamo nel libro d’amore’ stars

“Some things are in the stars. I was meant to protect you. And you were meant to rule.”

Pledge open : il nostro capo e la sua contessa sempre nei nostril cuori.   Our hearts are overflowing! What a series! What a love story! What an author! What a conclusion! Bravo, CD Reiss, Braaavo!

It’s seldom we’re afforded the experience of reading a series which proves to be 5 star read across the board. We either encounter one book that  becomes a filler of some sort or all too often we find somewhere along the way the voices of the characters or the direction of the story changes so dramatically it’s hard to distinguish the characters from those we fell in love with to the ones they become by the end of the story.   Sure we love, admire and relish witnessing a characters growth but we also want to be reminded of why we initially fell in love with them and their story. Well, CD Reiss take a bow because you managed to achieve this and so much more because The Songs of Corruption series delivered and it delivered superbly!

“I want my kiss.”
“Come and get it.”

We’ve run out of accolades to bestow on the extraordinary talent of CD Reiss throughout this series. Her descriptive and vivid prose never fails to astound us. There is a poetic beauty to her writing which leaves us breathless as we hang on and devour her every word.

It’s a doubled edged sword when we come to the end of a series we’ve loved so completely and in Rule we experienced the excitement of seeing the conclusion to Antonio and Theresa’s story together with the sadness of saying goodbye to these two passionate characters whom we’ve falling irrevocably in love with.  Whilst we did find the first 60% of the story dragged a little  now and then this in NO WAY impacted on our overall feelings of how much we loved and enjoyed Rule. We understood the build-up required to the conclusion and the last 40% had us on tenterhooks, sobbing, speechless and clutching our hearts! Such passion, such heart palpitating moments, such suspense and such intense soul searing love, not to mention the treachery, lies and deceit that abounded.

Amor regge senza legge.…love rules without laws. ‘

We reveled in the growth of the characters in this conclusion, Theresa Drazen in particular whose outward grace, poise, elegance and beauty, tinged with an aura of fragility belied the strong, capable and fierce woman beneath. Theresa was a force to be reckoned with and quite the match for the forceful, possessive and determined Antonio Spinelli. She was a revelation!

‘When he smiled, the sky opened and God himself showed his favour.

Antonio Spinelli. Words fail us! Here is a man, and what a man he is, who loves his woman and we mean LOVES her. That alone is reason enough to love him but we also fell in love with his flaws, his heart and his strength.  Yep, this guy is it for us and boy were there moments he even had us in giggles as the inner caveman was exposed! Oh Capo, our Capo!

“Take me,” she breathed. “You crazy, beautiful bastard. Take me.”

The love between our Capo and his Contessa may not have spanned decades but it was no less an EPIC love story.  Time does not equate to intense, soul deep love – feelings do and we FELT every emotional, passionate and intense moment between these two and find ourselves indelibly marked by their love story.  Brilliant! Moving! Intense! Passionate! Evocative! A stunning conclusion to an outstanding series! Pledge closed

“I want what I love, and I love what I want. What I want is you. You came to me as a lady and now you are a queen. I’ve never met a woman lie you. I don’t even deserve you.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks **



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We’re so excited to bring you an
for an upcoming release that has our book hearts pumping!

is the first book in the upcoming Good Ol’ Boys series and is a coming of age story about a girl, Alex and four brothers Lucas, Jacob, Dylan and Austin who are raised together in the small town of Oak Island, North Carolina. Alex and Lucas have always had a special bond and we will see that grow from the ages of 10 (Alexandra) and 12 (Lucas) through to their late twenties. M Robinson tells us it’s angsty and….complicated! Each book can be read as a standalone as they will feature a different brother.
OMG! Bring it on!




Release Date: 14th September 2015

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complicate me


It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.

A decision.

A simple choice.

There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road.

A different life.

It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy.

Pretending was better than knowing the truth…

I ruined us.

I had her.

I lost her.

I love her.

All I did was complicate us.

tb complicate me reveal
“You look beautiful, Alex,” Lucas
whispered from behind me, his voice broken and torn. The errors of his ways were
finally catching up with him; it was relevant in his tone. It pained me to hear
him sound like that, no longer the carefree boy I grew up with.
“I’m sorry you had to see that,” I
replied, trying to keep my voice from breaking. The physical ache was surrounding
and consuming me in ways I never thought possible. The gravitational pull that
we had toward each other wrecking havoc on our souls.
This wasn’t supposed to be this
hard. Today was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life. I should be
celebrating, not wallowing in the memories that I hold so deeply in my heart. I
hadn’t seen him all night and then out of nowhere he appeared.
I blinked, and he was there.
I felt him from across the room
before I even found his stare. I didn’t think he would show up; I should have
known better. He always did what he wanted, since we were kids there was no
telling him what to do. It’s one of the things I hated the most about him.
“I’m not,” he simply stated, the
fervor of his voice radiating from behind me and burning a hole in my back.
“Are you happy?” he added.
I closed my eyes as a single tear
fell down the side of my face. I had spent endless nights crying over him.
Over us.
“I just want you to be happy,
Half-Pint.” He hadn’t called me that in years. Not since we were kids.
“Are you happy, Bo?” I countered,
throwing his question and nickname back at him, knowing it would have the same
effect as it had on me.
“Only you would be standing out in
the sand with a dress like that,” he brushed me off, changing the subject.
“I was never afraid to get dirty,”
I reminded, digging my feet into the sand and dragging my dress along with it.
“Always trying to be like one of
the boys. What are you doing out here on the beach? You looked so happy until
you saw me. What took away your happiness?”
I scoffed. “Do you even have to ask
me that? Does it make it easier for you? To be here? To see me like this? Is
that why you’re here?”
“It’s never been easy,” he softly
“What did you expect from me? What
did you want me to do, Lucas?”
“You know what I wanted. You’ve
known since we were kids and I carried you around on the handlebars of my bike.
It hasn’t changed. It never changes between us. You know that as much as I do.”
I wrapped my arms around my torso
in a comforting gesture. It didn’t help. Nothing was more comforting than his
arms around me.
“Why didn’t you use the abandoned
house, Alex?” he quickly followed.
I hated that he knew so much about
me, our childhood entwined together like the weaving of a tight rope. Our names
being synonyms of each other, there was no Half-Pint without Bo. Except now we
weren’t kids, we were just Alex and Lucas.
“You know why,” I softly hinted, my
voice catching in the wind and the waves of the ocean.
It was a soothing calm to the chaos
all around me; everywhere he went he brought his hurricane with him. He was
always the eye of the storm. When we were kids I loved it; I wanted to be
pulled into his winds and let him take me wherever he wanted to go. I’d follow
him anywhere. But as we got older I realized it was too late for me to seek
refuge. He was already my destruction, and there was no way to get past the heavy
gusts of our complicated love.
“Tell me anyway.”
I shook my head. That was Lucas,
true to his nature, wanting what he wanted when he wanted it. “It’s ours,” I
admitted, giving in to what he needed to hear from me.  I could never lie
to him.
“Damn… you look beautiful. So damn
beautiful,” he murmured into my ear, engulfing me with his scent. I couldn’t
move if I wanted to, and he didn’t falter. “I know, Alex… I have to live with
the fact that I messed up. I lost you.”
“It’s not your fault.”
“You never could lie to me,
Half-Pint… so stop pretending like I don’t know that. Do you love him?”
I took in a deep reassuring breath
and nodded, not being able to say the words.
“More than me?”
“That’s not fair,” I argued, trying
to control the emotions that were threatening to take over by hugging myself
“I never said life was fair.” He
brushed my hair to the side of my neck and softly kissed my bare shoulder. I
tried not to shudder from the feel of his lips on me.
“You should get back in there,
“I know.”
“You know I can’t go in there
before you. I can’t walk away from you again… I’ve done that too many times,
and it nearly killed me the last time.”
“And what makes you think that I
can, Lucas? What makes you think that it’s any different for me?”
He turned me to face him, and his
hand immediately grazed my cheek, gently easing my chin up to look at him.
There it was…
Our connection.
Along with all our stolen moments
placed in between us.
Then came a cold, distant allure in
his eyes when he said…
“I wasn’t the one that said ‘Yes.’”


I love her.
I debated for weeks on whether to
attend her engagement party. I looked at the invitation so many damn times I
had memorized every word.
I sat in my truck for hours,
debating on going inside or driving back home. It was near 10 PM when I finally
managed to pull myself together enough to walk through the doors and into her
A future that didn’t include me.
At least not in the way that I once
hoped it would be. We would always be best friends though over the last few
years our conversations and interactions became less frequent, shorter and
almost non-existent. I knew every time she looked at me that I had broken her
heart. I had hurt her in the worst ways possible, and I had to live with
knowing I did that. My hand was firmly placed in my pocket, holding the
necklace that I had bought her after our first kiss. She wore it for years…
until one day she didn’t.
It produced a false illusion that
she was still mine.
The second I walked inside I saw
her. I stopped dead in my tracks just to take her in. She was a
vision. There was no beauty in this world like Alex. She was
wrapped around her fiancé, his hands firmly locked in place on the woman that
belonged to me. I claimed her a long time ago. She looked breathtaking, smiling
at everyone with her long brown hair framing her mousy face and her big brown
eyes that always made my heart skip a beat. She wore a long white dress. It
hung loosely on her body, still the tomboy at heart but still managing to make
it look sexy. I remembered a time when she hated dresses, fighting with her mom
because she kept buying them for her.
I couldn’t take my intense stare
away from her. It took everything inside me not to make a scene. I couldn’t
control the internal battle that surfaced in the forefront of my mind. It was a
tsunami of emotions. I loved her. I knew I loved her, I always have and I
always will. She owned every part of me. My heart was hers since before I knew
what her having it even meant. But she deserved to be happy. I had to let her
It wasn’t fair for either of us.
Especially her.
She suddenly looked down at the
ground as if she felt me, the look on her face exposed the girl I grew up with,
the same girl that couldn’t hide her emotions from me. Her face frowned and her
mouth parted, instinctively pulling away from her fiancé who didn’t pay her any
mind. I didn’t know if she did it for my benefit or hers. Then she looked up
and right at me. There was no wandering in her stare as she found mine from the
corner of the room. We stood on the dance floor, gazing at one another like
there was no one else around us, and the room wasn’t filled with our friends
and family. I didn’t care if anyone saw us; we had spent over two and a half
decades worrying about everyone else’s feelings.
I saw nothing but pure
unadulterated fear as she placed her hand on her heart, as if she were trying
to hold it together. Slowly removing her gape from mine, our connection was
broken. It mirrored our love. My feet moved of their own accord as I followed
her out to the beach.
Our beach.
Clinging the necklace tighter in my
We exchanged words that will
forever haunt me, adding to the pile of endless confessions, secrets, and
betrayals. I inhaled the sweet and tantalizing smell of Alex, the lingering
scent of her vanilla shampoo and the sunscreen that I knew she still put on
every morning.
I kissed her because I couldn’t not kiss
I pecked my lips on the only spot I
knew wouldn’t be crossing the line, even though a line was never drawn.
She belonged to me.
Plain and simple.
Our emotions were running wild,
trying to understand the severity of how much our hearts will always be
entwined with one another. We laid our love out for each other years ago… I
fought a battle I knew I could never win. The emotional turmoil ate away at me
the closer we got to saying goodbye. That’s what happened when two halves of a
heart come together and become one.
We would always be linked.
We were destined to be soul mates.
When I spun her to look at me, the
little girl with pigtails wearing boy clothes was gone, and all that was left
The woman getting married to a man
that wasn’t me.
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the vip trilogy

They say in order to find yourself you have to go home, but what if home is what you’re escaping from. I went to Miami to discover myself; never in my wildest dreams, did I think home would become a three-letter word. 
I was the dream. 
I was the illusion. 
I was the fantasy. 
Until him… 
Everything went to hell in hand basket the moment we laid eyes on each other. 
I wanted him. 
He wanted me


I have always been a man who made decisions based on other people’s feelings, wants, and desires. 
I was selfless. 
I never wanted to hurt anyone. 
Especially her. 
The moment I met her… I wanted her. 
I loved her. 
For the woman she was. 
For the woman she wanted to be. 
But most of all… 
For the woman she was, when she was with me. 

This isn’t a love story, but a story about love.Warning sex/drugs/language. Mature readers only. 


The Madam: 

Some people need love… 

I need sex, money, control, and power. 

Anyone could have those four things, but only one could have VIP. Becoming Madam was never a choice for me, it was a mandated order from the most powerful woman I knew- my mother. I was born to fill her shoes, never to make mistakes, or to show weakness. 

You are the product of your environment. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; you learn from what you see, not from what you’re told. Nature vs. Nurture. I learned from it all; what I saw, what I didn’t see, what I was told, and from reading between the lines. 

I was raised with the belief that the world spun ONLY because of me. I held power as far back as I can remember, saw things no one ever talks about, and witnessed illegal acts of sex, drugs, and money by the time I was eighteen. 

You saw a glimpse of me in VIP, now see it from the beginning. Enter my world where anything goes; no judgments, no remorse, no guilt. You play by my rules, or you don’t play at all. There are no limits to what I can do, or to what I can show you…I will ensure my legacy by any means necessary. 

My name is Lilith Veronica Stone, and I am The Madam. 

Warning: Book contains adult situations. 
Dark content/sex/drugs/language. Mature readers only. 


MVP: Ysabelle 

I love you. 
Three words that can make or break you. 
I thought I needed to find myself. I thought I wasn’t happy. I thought I needed more out of life. 
I didn’t. 
I’m more lost now than I was when I left. I have no answers, just endless amounts of questions. It was only a matter of time until the truth came to light. I never imagined it would change my entire life and everything I thought to be true. 
It was all a game. 
Except I wasn’t a player. 
I was a pawn. 


The end. 
Two words that have several meanings. I never thought I’d lose her. But did I ever really have her… 
Or did VIP? 

Can love conquer all? 

Warning: Book contains adult situations. 

Sex/language. Mature readers only.

About the author
m robinson

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.

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from Dust 6th Aug


Pain punished her.

The bottle numbed her.

Guilt kept her trapped.

In the dark alley of a pub, the words “Please don’t” take hold of her heart and break the silence she seeks. Thinking herself beyond redemption, she tentatively grabs on to the slim thread of hope that unfolds inside of her. 

Holding her secrets close, she can’t resist the comforting draw coming from The Skipper. The unconditional friendships it offers, the protective roof it provides, and the spark that its owner ignites in her—melting the frost off her heart, and slowly stripping away her resistance.

His life flows from one crisis to the next. Under the pressure of competition crowding him out of his family’s pub and the need to protect his children from the ruins of a bad marriage, he barely breathes. That is until a mane of strawberry-blonde hair and a set of big, pale blue eyes, shake him up.

He never expected the shadow of a woman he finds on the floor of his washroom to bring him the air―the balance and the light he’s been missing.

**Due to some content of a sexually explicit nature, this book is recommended for a mature audience only.**

From Dust

 Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

✯✯✯✯ Stars

‘The place where my heart sat frozen in my chest for so long is becoming too warm a place.’

We were quite excited to start this story as it ticked everything we were in the need of. There’s not many 30 – 40 something romances out there which we love to read; team that up with a passionate romance, some heavy and dramatic storylines and we were hooked! This is our first Freya Barker but it certainly won’t be our last as we loved her writing.

“You running Syd?”

“Only from my past.”

Syd is a broken slip of a girl, we have to say we were under the impression she was a lot younger than her true age from the descriptions and actions. However, whilst living under dire circumstances escaping tragedy and grief she’s given a helping hand and a second chance at life. To watch this woman emerge from darkness was quite emotional with harrowing secrets unearthed. The road isn’t all unicorns and rainbows as Syd is dealt blow after blow be it directly or indirectly. However, once found she doesn’t stand alone. There were so many fabulous characters in this story but none more so than the mature, passionate and luscious, Gunnar.

“There is no fear with you, only feelings so deep, I’m overwhelmed.”

Now, we have to say that Gunnar – be still our beating hearts – reminded us a little bit of a certain KA hero named Tate. Yes you read that right…Tate. There were moments where we were reminded of Sweet Dreams and those shone like a beacon. Gunnar has in some respects been dealt a pretty bad hand in life too, with the exception of his two gorgeous kids and of course his friend Viv who was instrumental in Syd’s second chance. He was a completely lovable alpha hero and when he loves he truly loves.

“Feels like home. This, them…you. It’s almost too much.”

When their paths meet, the journey Gunnar and Syd embark upon is drama filled and one hell of a healing journey through the power of love and friendship. It was emotional and passionate and we truly felt it through most parts.

So, whilst we enjoyed this story there were times were the writing lost its way and fell quite flat and repetitive. There were also a few inconsistencies as well in regards to the storyline.  This gave us pause at times and to say we needed an epilogue, well….we desperately needed one at the end of this story.

“Everything we do has a ripple effect, just like nothing that happens to us exists in isolation.”

From Dust is a story of healing, forgiveness and embracing life once more. It’s about seeing that light at the end of the very dark and grim tunnel as you try to put yourself together again after such complete and utter devastation. It’s wanting to and being willing to accept the comfort of others and grabbing that healing hand reaching out to pull you out of the darkness.

‘When did this happen? When did I become so estranged from a kind word or a soft touch?’

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Stepbrother Dearest, comes a new forbidden STANDALONE romance,  Sins of Sevin . This is a full length standalone novel told in old in alternating points of view.

Releasing on 21st September 2015

We’re so excited to bring you the much anticipated

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What happens when the one you want is the only one you can’t have?

My name is Sevin.

Homeschooled and sheltered by my ultra-religious family, I was always taught that lust was a sin.

Elle was the girl who’d been carefully chosen for me.

After a long-distance courtship, I’d be moving into her family’s guesthouse so that we could get to know each other in the months before the wedding.

Boundaries were set: no inappropriate touching, no kissing, no sex before marriage.

I’d accepted those rules and my fate.

Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.

That was when restraint became a problem…especially since the one wasn’t Elle.

It was her sister, Evangeline.

You know what they say about best laid plans.

My name is Sevin, and I have sinned.

Told in alternating points of view, Sins of Sevin is a full-length standalone novel. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. Only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.


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penelope ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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