DELETED SCENE FROM SPIN (Songs of Corruption #1) by CD REISS

It’s no secret we are die hard fans of this book! We bloody LOVED it and couldn’t get enough of one Mr Antonio Spinelli.

Well….we’ve got a little more Spin for you here – check out the deleted scene the wonderful CD Reiss so kindly let us share with you all!

This deleted scene is out of timeline but we though you’d love a bit of naughty Antonio anyway ;)

(Warning: Contains spoilers if you haven’t read Spin)

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DELETED SCENE FROM SPIN – BY CD REISS

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I woke before the sun came up and got into the shower. I’d dreamed I was Marina, the little bird of a girl. I knew it because I chirped. And Antonio was on top of me, wearing nothing but his gun holster, fucking the life out of me. I came again and again as he said, sweetie pie bird whoresweetie pie bird whore – sweetie pie bird whore with the scent of burned pinewood and broken plaster everywhere.

I couldn’t get it out of my head.

I’d just given up everything. When I’d gone to Antonio’s house, and when I’d been crushed at the sight of Marina, I’d severed relationship with Daniel when I got upset at another man’s betrayal.

I came into the bedroom with the towel wrapped around me. Antonio, in a dark suit and tie, sat by the window, a hand on each arm of the chair, legs apart as if he wanted to take up more space. Behind him, the sun lightened the sky in advance of its appearance.

“I don’t want to scare you,” he said.

“You keep saying that, then doing scary things.”

“You never get shaken.”

“How did you get past the security system?”

“It’s my job.” He held his hand out for me. I stood in front of him, just a step away from the space between his knees. “I want to explain about Marina.”

“I don’t know if I want to hear it.”

He reached up and pulled at the top of my towel, unhooking it from itself. It opened, revealing my body to him in the morning light.

“You need to hear it.”

I didn’t know if my nipples were hard from the air on them, or his gaze, which stroked every inch of me. Just the two of us, not touching, not moving or speaking, my nudity a provocation no greater than his posture in suit and tie. The space between us was tangible enough to touch. I reached my hand into that space, and his hand came to meet mine. It was a strong hand, wide and graceful. I didn’t care what he did for a living, who he’d killed or what he’d done to get him chased from his home. I didn’t care who Marina was to him. I would have sold my soul and my body to have him just one more time.

“I hate this,” I said.

He laced his fingers in mine. “You don’t look like you hate it.”

“I hate being of two minds. I hate my body right now. The way it reacts to you. My skin. God, if I could crawl out of it. It wants you so bad and all I want to do is be good. All I wanted to do is be loyal and faithful and you’re like this loaded gun I want to put to my head so I can blow my brains out and stop thinking. Stop talking my body out of what it wants. But those thoughts are the only thing saving me right now. Because if I let you have me, you’ll walk away the same man. Me? I’ll walk away and have no life to go back to.”

“Once I take you, you’re not walking away.”

“You say.”

“I do say.”

I got on my knees, falling between his legs like a supplicant. “Will you put me on that bed? Right now? Before I make any big decisions?”

He leaned forward, putting his hands on my neck. “That’s backwards. First we make a decision, then I’m going to take you.” He kissed me, my lips and my jaw, my ear and my chin. “And when I do, I promise you, I will not walk away from you for all the world. You will be the last woman I touch.”

“You say.”

“I say.”

His eyes looked up and down my face, as if kissing it. Even in the morning half light I saw the lust in his expression. I should have been scared, but I could only hope he was there to fulfill the dream he’d woken me from. A dream that made me weak and stupid. I felt everything. I thought nothing.

“Antonio,” I said, my voice still husky with sleep. “I want you.”

“I know.”

“Can I have you?”

“No. Not now.” He sat on the edge of the bed and turned the light on. “I need to explain about Marina.”

“You could have called.”

He laughed a true, hearty laugh, his smile going right to his eyes. They twinkled in the dull light. I wanted to see him laugh like that on the beach with the breeze in his hair. Antonio, without a care in the world.

“I wanted to see your face,” he said, slowly pulling me toward him and kissing me. He’d just brushed his teeth, and he tasted clean to the core. “It’s how I tell if you believe me.”

He pushed me onto the bed and lay to the side of me.

“I won’t. Even your truths sound like lies,” I said, wanting more than anything to believe him, no matter what he said. If it put his naked body next to mine, I wanted all of it to be the truth.

“We can pretend it’s all made up then.” He put his hand on my knee and drew it upward, his thumb stroking the inside of my thigh. “Because it’s hard to talk about.”

“Okay, tell me the story.” I didn’t know if I’d even hear him with his hand on the inside of my leg. He could have told me he was Prince Charming and I was Cinderella and I would have nodded and forgotten it inside the tingling sensation of my skin.

I put my lips to the top of his head, getting lost in the sharp, musky smell of him. “Tell me about Marina.”

“I knew Marina from home. She’d been sent to Napoli to live so she could be raised in the old way. She had childish ideas about me.”

“Where did she get them?”

He looked away, then back at me, “My family, and I will take some responsibility. I was resigned to it, possibly. I was a consigliore. My decisions weren’t my own.”

“And they are now? I’m asking because I get the feeling breaking it off with her isn’t going to go well.” He started to speak, but I silenced him by tightening my hand on his arm. “You think your family is so different from mine. It’s not. There are expectations on us, and they’re serious. Defying them can be a problem.”

He picked his head up and looked me in the eyes. “I can never go home. Not if I want to live. I was a consigliore, and I did things I wasn’t supposed to. I went on a vendetta. It’s not allowed.”

He leaned back and opened my legs again. He took a sharp breath at the sight of my crotch, making me feel exposed and vulnerable.

He slid his thumb in the shadows where my legs met, the pad of it brushing my soaking skin.

“Fuck,” he whispered. “I can’t keep my hands off you.”

“I’m still mad at you,” I said. “You didn’t tell me first thing.”

I couldn’t speak when he used his thumb to stroke my clit.

“I regret that.”

“But do you feel remorse?”

“Look at me,” he said. When I did, he slid two fingers in me. I groaned with pleasure. Whatever was going to happen, I couldn’t stop it for love or money. “I’ve given this a lot of thought.” His thumb stroked my clit in gentle circles. “And here’s what I’ve decided. I want you, and you’re mine. That’s the end of it. I can’t take you today, maybe not tomorrow.” He pulled his two fingers out and added a third, increasing the pressure of his thumb. I pushed into him, and every bit of feeling became a vibrating wave form controlled by his hand. I’d never come with a dick or a finger inside me, but I couldn’t have imagined being closer. “But I have to decide what I want in this life, and it’s you. Look at me.” I did. His face was earnest, serious, and I felt like I was going to explode. “Do you want to be mine?”

“Yes, God yes. But I don’t know how.”

“We’ll both get rid of the obstacles. Mine first. Then yours.”

“Yes.”

“I can’t wait to get my mouth on your pussy. I’m going to make you come until you beg me to stop.” He pulled his fingers out, then pushed them back in, every stroke a  new awakening. “Then I’m going to fuck you like you’re my puttana. All night. You won’t walk the next day.”

His thumb pressed on my clit, circling like a clock gone wild, and I knew it was going to happen. I was going to come, even with his fingers in me. They weren’t a distraction or a worry, the things that usually stopped me, they were holding me together, even my pussy clenched around them, a tight, wet wall of sensation, and my consciousness flowed down my spine, to between my legs.

“No one else, Contessa. There’s no one between us. You’re done with him.”

“Antonio,” I groaned, and came. My hips levitated from the mattress even as my knees went weak. I lost myself to him and his fingers. I was his. From that moment to the depth and breadth of infinity.

When he pulled out of me, I involuntarily clenched around him, as if I wanted to draw him back. He kissed me, his jacket ticking my naked chest. When I reached for his belt, he pulled away. I went for his pants again, feeling the rock hard erection under them. He moved my hand away.

“Not yet,” he said.

“Why not?”

“I’m a good Catholic boy.”

I laughed and he laughed with me.

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So….what’s it about?

SYNOPSIS

***You do NOT need to read Songs of Submission to read Spin***

Mafia capo, Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.

Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal.

And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn’t trust me, I didn’t trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us.

I discovered I was a savage, too.

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BACK TO YOU (Dreams Novella#1.5) by FAITH ANDREWS

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SYNOPSIS:
Sometimes dreams aren’t meant to be chased. Sometimes forevers change with one regret. But when it’s worth the fight—we always wind up back where we belong. Mia and Declan have struggled through infidelity, guilt, and betrayal. Declan wasn’t too proud to lay his heart on the line and show Mia that she is his everything, but can these two find a way to get past all the hurt, to heal old wounds, and get back to good?

I’ll do all I have to do to find my way back to you

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G : 4 Stars

Jenny & Gitte:   We fell in love with Mia and Declan (oh wow, Declan…could we love him more!!) in Man of My Dreams (Dreams #1). Their story resonated quite strongly with us and we were deeply invested in them as individuals, as a couple and what eventuated throughout their relationship. We shared their highs, their lows and our hearts broke as their dreams were shattered.

You came back to me, Mia.” – Declan

“Thank you for fighting for me.” – Mia

Now, in Back To You (Dreams #1.5), we catch up with Mia and Declan where Man of My Dreams left off and we’re afforded an insight into what transpired between the end of their story and the epilogue.

“You don’t think part of me wants to hate you for what you did to us?” – Declan

This author has again captured the love, the heartbreak, the joy and the growth of Mia and Declan as we they confront the guilt  that is eating them up. Can they reconnect and rebuild their marriage or has the past left pain and memories that can’t be erased?

‘This woman owns my soul – it’s hers to navigate. I belong to her. I always have.’ – Declan

Back to You is a short yet fulfilling companion novel to Man of My Dreams, where we spend time with two people who had allowed the routine of life to invade the love and passion they felt for one another and we cheered them on as they attempted to recapture the spark and love that drew them so desperately to one another in the first place.

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Man of My Dreams and Keep Me are standalone reads
Back To You releases – 29th April 

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PARTIAL COVER REVEAL of DEEP (Stage Dive #4) by KYLIE SCOTT!!!!!

DEEP COVER REVEAL!

We’ve LOVE the STAGE DIVE SERIES and we’re so excited to bring you the cover (well, partial cover) reveal for DEEP (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott.
This is the final installment in a series we love!
The cover for Deep is so hot to handle we have to give it to you in little pieces!
Today, four blogs are sharing the fun of revealing the cover for Deep, so be sure to visit the below blogs today to see how the cover and the story all fit together.
Down the track we’ll be bringing you an exclusive excerpt from DEEP so keep your eyes peeled!
We get to meet our hot bassist Ben, on December 23rd, so mark your calendars! 
DEEP STAGE DIVE BOOK FOUR – BEN
AMAZON PRE ORDER LINK/UK AMAZON LINK
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SYNOPSIS

Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in theUSA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.

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About the author

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Kylie is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Connect with Kylie
Goodreads/Web/Facebook/Twitter

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Com and meet the Stage Dive guys!

LICK STAGE DIVE BOOK ONE – DAVID
AMAZON LINK TO PURCHASE /UK AMAZON LINK

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PLAY – STAGE DIVE BOOK TWO – MAL
AMAZON LINK TO PURCHASE/UK AMAZON LINK

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LEAD – STAGE DIVE  BOOK THREE – JIMMY
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Release Date: 25th November 2014

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Be sure to check out the next reveals at:
Shh Moms Reading : (http://shhmomsreading.com) -  1 PM Eastern time
Heroes & Heartbreakers (http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com): 3 PM Eastern time

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UNFIXABLE by TESSA BAILEY

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SYNOPSIS

A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.

Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup,she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny: 4.5 Stars
Gitte: 4 Stars

“Above all, love is stubborn as hell.”

Jenny:  When I’m after a nice naughty read with guts, I know Tessa Bailey is my go to girl. She sure knows how to steam up a Kindle doesn’t she Gitte?  I’ve loved everything this author has written, and I have to say Unfixable is up there as one of my favourite to date. It was swoony, sweet, funny, romantic and sexy. What more could I have asked for! Whilst it may not have been as heat inducing as her other reads, it was certainly up there on the sexy scale and Shane Claymore!! Wowsers!! That guy was something else!

“That’s right, girl. Scream my fucking name. Only mine.” – Shane

I love it when you read a book in one sitting, when you’re completely swept up in the story, the characters and the setting and that’s exactly how I was all the way through Unfixable. I felt as though I’d taken a brief holiday in Ireland, met some wonderfully warm, endearing and giggle worthy characters, enjoyed some romance that made me giddy and had to demist my Kindle once or twice!

“I thought Ireland was the land of one thousand welcomes.” – Willa
“I’m knocking it down to nine-hundred ninety nine.” – Shane

The one liners floored me and well….it was an afternoon well spent and I bloody loved this book Gitte!

Gitte: Tessa Bailey will always be a one-click Author for me. Her stories have everything I love to experience, feel and swoon over. Unfixable was no exception and once again her writing swept me up and flawlessly carried me right to the end. Though it is very different in some respect to her previous work, it didn’t have any bearing on how I felt upon finishing. I loved the story of Willa and Shane, but I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite by Tessa Bailey. Nevertheless I swooned and I was invested in the characters and their emotional self-discovery journey.

“It’s inevitable, Willa. We are inevitable. When you stop fooling yourself, come find me.” – Shane

I absolutely loved the setting; Ireland induces a sense of romance and nostalgia I suppose. The banter and humour was spot on and had me laughing and reminiscing. The pub setting, the people, well I was game, so I was. There’s never a dull night in an Irish pub that’s for sure.

“Irish men are a complicated sort. They’ll knock you on your arse when you’re not looking.” – Orla

Jenny: We first met Willa, the strong willed teenage sister of Ginger Peet in Protecting What’s His. Willa is fleeing a rather painful breakup and is of the opinion she is incapable of love. She feels damaged and needs to find herself again. Where better than in Dublin, Ireland. Hey, we could think of worse places to find yourself, and let’s face it, who could be lucky enough to end up at the Claymore Inn, which is currently being run by the hot and gorgeous Shane Claymore who is on hiatus from the Formula One Circuit. Insert heavy, breathy sigh…

“You can’t fix me with a few magic words.” – Willa
“Willa….there’s nothing to fix.” – Shane

It’s pretty much hate at first sight for Willa and Shane with lots of lots of sexual chemistry and romantic moments throw in and I savoured every moment! These two sizzled whenever they were in the vicinity of one another and I was shouting ‘do it, for the love of god, do it!’ to my Kindle! And when they do…..holy smokes it was as hot as you thought it would be!

“One more thing, Willa………if I can’t touch you, then neither can that fucker.” – Shane

There is so much I loved about Unfixable. I pondered and felt sad at the prospect of Willa having to head back to Chicago once her Dublin adventure came to an end. I fell in love with the quirky characters I met along the way. I revelled in Willa and Shane’s cat and mouse chase as they shed their issues and realise something that was right under their nose, but does it come too late?

“That’s right girl. Fight me. Show me you give a damn.” – Shane

I was with Shane and Willa every step of the way. I know you felt a little differently to me on this Gitte and we both did have a little issue in regards to Shane’s age didn’t we?

Gitte: Willa’s had a real rough and heart-breaking start in life; yet she’s had the love and support from her sister Ginger when it mattered.

“Love comes in many forms. It’s not always sweet. Or comfortable. Sometimes it’s selfish and consuming. Volatile. It makes choices for you. It demands you obey it, not taking no for an answer. And it’s usually right. It knows you better than you know yourself.” Ginger

Their relationship is beautiful and I remember how much love, affection and support Ginger showed Willa from the moment they got away from their troubles. Willa has issues, boy does she have emotional hang-ups. She tried to change for love yet failed prior to her ‘escape’ to Ireland.

“If someone like you tries, you don’t fail. Deep down you really didn’t want to change.” – Shane

I understood why, yet found her ‘hating’ attitude towards others and herself rather over the top. Especially upon meeting Shane who actually saw straight through her. I guess for me it didn’t quite correlate with her obvious sweet and vulnerable side. The rudeness was out of character in my opinion and was focused upon too much in order to fit a romantic story-line with the whole cat-mouse theme you mentioned, Jenny. Leaving her feisty would have been enough in my opinion.

You hated me.” – Willa

“Never. Not for a second. God, I never had a fucking chance.” – Shane

I absolutely LOVED Kitty and adored Faith. I thought they were fab characters, especially Kitty. Her story is so sad, yet the way in which it is written with interwoven humour is classic! I’d love to have Faith’s story with her musician boyfriend. What a laugh those blokes were!

Now, as for Shane, deary me, he was incredibly lush, so much so I would have loved an insight into his head early on in the story! Why did he display so much anger towards Willa upon meeting? What had his hackles rising? Because if it was sexual tension only, it just didn’t carry over to me. And really…how old was he, Jenny? Did I miss this information? Because I really needed to know this, in some respects, to understand some of his behaviour in the beginning. His story too is quite sad and heart-breaking, yet his persona is intriguing and oh so sexy! I may have melted several times!!

‘Shane Claymore kisses me like the world is ending.’ – Willa

So, reading over this, I guess it sounds somewhat negative. It really isn’t, what it shows is that whilst it did take me a while to get into Unfixable because of the issues I mentioned above, I did form an emotional connection to the characters and understand their struggles and consequential behaviour. This through the beautiful heartfelt and humorous writing of Tessa Bailey. Oh and let’s not forget, Tessa ROCKS the heat factor. We didn’t get as much this time round but what we got was HOT! Also, being back with Ginger and Derek was just the icing on the cake in the end!

Jenny & Gitte: We love it when we read a book and feel the same and relive every moment while discussing, but we equally love it when we finish a book and have differing opinions on some aspects of the story. That makes book discussion time fun! However, there is one thing we both agree on and that is, this author sure can write a story! Tessa Bailey will always be a 1click for us and we absolutely recommend picking up Unfixable!

“How do you manage to see the best in everyone, Willa, but only the worst in yourself?” – Shane

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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HARD TIME by CARA McKENNA

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SYNOPSIS

In this all-new novel from the author of Unbound, a woman with a rocky past finds romance in the last place she’d ever expect…

Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind—or eyes—off inmate Eric Collier.

Eric doesn’t claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he’d do it again if that’s what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more.

When Eric begins courting Annie through letters, they embark on a reckless, secret romance—a forbidden fantasy that neither imagines could ever be real…until early parole for Eric changes everything, and forces them both to face a past they can’t forget, and a desire they can’t deny.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G:  5 superb and beautiful stars

Gitte:  Now, we love this Author don’t we Jenny, so to say we were excited to read Hard Time is an understatement. We knew we were in for sublime writing and a stellar story with brilliant characters and hot nookie. Yeah well, wow, we were not disappointed were we? Hard Time is magnificent. Why? Because it’s basically just a romance; a romance set within an unconventional setting, that builds from page one with such depth and unique characterization which lets us, the readers, learn about our hero and heroine in detail as they embark upon a romance beginning in the most unlikely place you can imagine.

‘I want to escape and go someplace dark and soft and quiet. I want to escape inside you. I want to feel your hands on me, and your eyes, and feel like there’s nobody else for a hundred miles.’ – Eric

The way in which Annie and Eric’s journey begins may just be some of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read and there were no two bodies touching nor was there more than one person in the room at a time. Cryptic much? Well wait till you read it yourself. I may have nearly combusted at one stage from the sheer eroticism and sensuality leaping off the pages as a beautiful and sweet romance begins.

‘Sometimes I watch your hands. I watch your hands and imagine them on me.’ – Eric

Jenny:  That’s for sure GitteAs soon as we read heard Cara McKenna had a new book coming out and spied the synopsis, we HAD to read this book.  Cara McKenna’s writing is something else. Her beautifully descriptive prose, her strong characters and way she developed this story had me completely captivated and like you G, I most definitely wasn’t disappointed. It was everything I’d hoped for and more.

“I want to see every side of you there is to see. Even the greedy ones, the dirty ones. I want us to be everything for each other that two people can be….Everything short of hurtful.” – Annie

This was a beautiful, sensual, erotic and yet at times, sweet romance that began and prospered under the bleakest and most unforgiving of surroundings and Gitte, you are absolutely right! There were indeed some of the most erotic scenes I’ve read contained in this story, despite there not being any physical connection at times. Wow! Cold shower alright!

‘That stare. That unreadable expression, an impossible mix of apathy, fascination, coldness and searing seduction.’ – Annie

It was delivered in a highly passionate and erotic way on an emotional level and so consummately and beautifully executed by this author.  Hard Time was a perfect blend of sweet and sensual where a word, a slight touch or a glance was deliciously delivered and every nuance and moment was felt and it was certainly steamy! Perfection!

Gitte: Annie and Eric are quite similar in some respects yet so very different where it matters which is why that attraction and connection is so strong. Annie was quite fierce yet vulnerable; practical and unwavering. At no stage did she annoy me. Rather, I commended her bravery, her resoluteness, her apt reluctance and her sensibility. It stood in good stead when it came to Eric and the possibility of a future romance. The passion she embodied was intense and combined with that of an affection starved Eric, well…..it was indescribable.

‘He just wanted to be close to me – to a woman. Close enough to smell me, or scare me, or seduce me. Couldn’t tell you which. Didn’t care to know.’ – Annie

Now, Eric, what can I say except he went straight to the top of my favourite male heroes. He was without doubt one of the most intense and fascinating characters; he was a lush gentle giant. So fiercely alpha yet oh so romantic. So protective, so sexual and oh so very passionate. He had me in tears, he had me melting into a puddle on the floor and he had me so hot and bothered I needed a cold shower….several times!

‘A man, touching a woman for the first time since his freedom had been taken away. A woman, touching a man for the first time since she’d been robbed of her desire.’

Cara Mckenna writes with such beauty it’s flawless and draws you in till you feel, taste and hear every emotion and every word. It’s quite simply stunning. We are truly in awe aren’t we Jenny?

Jenny:  We truly are Gitte. Annie and Eric appeared to be opposites, but they did have common threads, which crated a magnetic pull towards one another. Whilst there was certainly instant desire, this was no insta love as the author built up a mouth wateringly slow relationship where, despite misgivings on both parts, their attraction couldn’t be denied or dismissed.

‘He was a bad man, no doubt. One who deserved reform, but not my desire.’ – Anne

Annie was such a strong and warm character who had no pretences.  This woman, who had been scarred physically and emotionally by a past relationship years prior with a ‘wholesome, good man’ takes on a job in the Prison Library where meets Inmate 802267 who has an immediate effect on her, and who ignites a want in her that had lain dormant for so long.  The conflict and doubt she experiences falls away as her feelings for this man intensify. Annie was believable. Despite her intense feelings she was methodical in her thinking I understood her and rallied behind her every step of the way.

‘The roughest man I’d ever gotten close to, yet here he was, so utterly at my mercy.’ – Annie

Eric, what is there to say about this fiercely loyal, protective, honest and forthright man?  Incarcerated for protecting those he loved, loyal to a fault, and whilst I didn’t condone the actions that resulted in his incarceration, I understood why he did what he did and I felt sorrow for him and his circumstances.

“They may stick us in cages, but no need to act like animals.” – Eric

This man, who had spent 5 years in bleak and cold surroundings found his salvation and light in Annie. He loved with passion and heart. This man could be as brutally passionate as he could be sweetly romantic and he completely won me over.

‘I want to be in a room with you, so quiet I can hear your breathing and your heart. A place so clean I could smell your skin.’ – Eric

Loved it. What more can I say!

Gitte & Jenny: This author uses words to perfection. There is nothing superfluous in her prose and every word she writes evokes emotion and creates a vivid picture that unfolds in your mind.  Whether it is describing the complete despair felt between Annie and Eric, Annie’s conflicted emotions, their struggles as they learn about one another, Eric’s sense of loyalty, or his utter feelings of despondency. It’s all felt in the author’s words and its what made Hard Time such an engrossing and intoxicating read for us both.

 “I’m not from a nice place, little nothing-town called Kernsville……and there’s a plague out there, the way plagues spread through dirty places hundreds of years ago. Only this one gets brewed up out of cough syrup and it’s a pipe or a needle that bites you, not a rat. You follow?” – Eric

Our only gripe was the lack of epilogue, leaving us feeling as if the story ended a little too abruptly and wishing it could have continued a for a few pages more.  However, this in no way impacted what was a tantalising and superbly told story of love against the odds, of opposites finding a common thread, of finding that person and opening your heart, of trusting and honesty and it was one that showed that love can prosper even in the harshest and most unforgiving of circumstances. We LOVED this book and absolutely recommend it to our fellow readers!

 “You made me see beautiful things again.” – Eric

**ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

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