SCREWED by Kendall Ryan Chapter Reveal

Screwed - Kendall Ryan
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I have one rule: Don’t shit where
you eat.

Several of the women in the condo complex I own
would love some one-on-one playtime, and why wouldn’t they? I’m young, fit,
attractive, and loaded. Not to mention I’m packing a sizable bulge below the
belt. It’s a combination that drops panties on a regular basis.

Yay, me, right?

But my cock, troublemaker that he is, has been
confined to my trousers by my business partner. A concession I agreed to, and
one that’s never been hard to enforce until Emery moves in across the hall.
She’s smart, young, determined, and sexy as hell. I want a taste. I won’t stop
until I’m buried deep inside the succulent new-in-town brunette.

After being warned about my past, she does her
best to steer clear, but I’m about to show her that underneath it all, I’m a
guy with a heart of gold and a cock of steel.

My name is Hayden Oliver, and this is my story.

Chapter 1:
Chapter One

Goddamn. This is going to be harder than I thought.
My eyes swing over to admire the most perfect pear-shaped ass I’ve ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on while my business partner Hudson continues lecturing me. I think it’s something important, but there’s nothing more urgent than my body’s reaction to this shapely brunette. Jesus. Those tits are definitely real.
“I mean it. Your cock is cut off this time,” Hudson says roughly, his tone biting.
Tearing my gaze away from the succulent new brunette moving into unit 4B, I face him. “Not literally cut off. I’m sort of attached to him. You realize that, right?”
“Well it’s on lock down then. No more of this bullshit. I had three calls this week alone from hysterical women – our tenants – who you, how do I put this delicately? You fucked and then left before their pussies were even dry.”
I smirk at him, but I can’t deny the accusation. We’re like the real life Melrose Place. Sexy young twenty-somethings all living in close proximity. There’s bound to be a little drama now and again. Together, Hudson and I own thirty buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. And some of our buildings have very fuckable tenants. Up until this point, I’d considered that a nice bonus, and a perk of the job. Hudson has apparently viewed it differently.
“Who’s that?” I ask, tipping my head toward the bombshell who’s responsible for all the blood rushing to my groin. Fuck. I should have a word with her about that, that’s not cool.
Hudson’s eyes swing to the left to see what, or rather, who has captured my attention. And who’s given me this semi-chub, which I hope he hasn’t noticed. We’re close, but we’re not that close.
“No, no, no. Don’t get any ideas. You’re not tagging that.”
She’s not close enough to overhear us, but I shoot him a scowl anyway. “Show some class, man. Tagging is such a juvenile word. I’d take my time, get her hot and ready first, until she was begging for me to fill her tight, little cunt.”

“I’m fucking serious. You’re not to even think about her tight cunt.”
“So you acknowledge she’s got a tight cunt?” I smile, proud of myself.
He wipes sweat from his brow, looking worried. “Hayden, I’m serious this time.” His voice has taken on a somber tone, and for once, I try to be serious and focus.
Watching the way the vein throbs in his neck, my smile fades. We’re standing outside of one of our nicest buildings just outside of downtown, and the mid-afternoon sun is beating down on us. Suddenly I want to get away from him, and away from this entire conversation and into the cool air conditioning inside. Shit has gotten a little too real for me.
“You know me,” I grin at him, trying to lighten the mood. “I just wanted to have some casual fun.” And if that meant sleeping my way through the LA singles scene, so be it. I’m not looking for something deeper. I have a luxury condo in the heart of the Hollywood Hills, drive a new model BMW and possess a nine-inch cock. Translation: Life is good. Or it was, until Hudson decided to get a bug up his ass and lay down the law today.
“Did you hear a word I just said? One of your latest conquests threatened to report our company to the Better Business Bureau for unethical business practices. This isn’t just about you. This affects me too. And I’ll be damned if I watch everything we’ve built go down in flames because you can’t keep your dick in your pants.”
“Point taken.” Hudson is pretty much the best friend, and best business partner you could ask for. He’s smart as hell, dedicated, works like a dog day and night. And not to mention when we began our real estate investment company five years ago, he single-handedly fronted all the start-up capital from his own savings and trust fund. It took me years to pay him back as the profits rolled in, and he never once made me feel lesser, or like I was in debt to him. Not to mention, he’s funny, well-off, and good looking. He’s an excellent wing-man. Plus he knows the best taco joints.
Unable to help myself, my eyes drift over to her again. 4B fills out a pair of yoga pants in ways that I doubt are even legal in most countries. I needed to know what was underneath those curve-hugging black athletic pants. Simple cotton panties, or a naughty g-string? Either way, I wanted to bury my fingers inside the waistband of those pants, peel them down her hips and find out. Perhaps it was because Hudson just made her forbidden fruit, but I wanted a taste. My damn mouth was practically watering.
She looked smart, and put together, despite her casual attire, including a tank top and tennis shoes. With a clipboard in one hand, and her trusty number two pencil in the other, she ticked items off of her list, and instructed the movers who were unloading and carrying boxes up to her new place – which just so happened to be directly underneath mine.
“You’re not going to last three minutes let alone three days.” Hudson grimaces, glancing over again at our newest resident.
“What do you know about her?”
He rolls his eyes, but humors me. “Emery Elaine Winters. She’s an attorney. Excellent references. Even better credit score, and she signed a one year lease. And she’s to remain in pristine condition, or so help me God …”
When I glance up at her again, I see Roxy, another of our residents has joined Emery on the sidewalk, and they appear to be making small talk. Shaking hands, exchanging words, and smiling at each other. There’s something I strongly dislike about these two women talking. Roxy is an exotic dancer, and she I have a bit of a rocky past. Which is a huge fucking understatement, but not something I care to dwell on now. Hudson mentions something about fourth quarter taxes, and I tune him out, sure I just heard my name on Roxy’s over-glossed lips.
“Excuse me, I’ve got business to attend to.” I step around him, heading straight toward my new prize. Roxy spots me, and takes off for the parking area.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Hudson calls after me.
“Just being neighborly. Someone’s got to properly welcome Miss Winters.”
“Dammit, Hayden,” I hear him shout.
“I’ve got this, buddy,” I shout back over my shoulder.
I can control myself around her. I have to, according to Hudson. I don’t like being told what to do, especially where my cock was concerned, and hell, it’ll probably only make me want her more, but as I close the distance between Emery and me, I make a plan.
I would become friends with the so-hot-I-wanted-to-bend-her-over-and-fuck-her-in-broad-daylight new girl.  
This was either the best plan I’d ever had, or would end with me sporting a black eye, courtesy of my best friend.

It’s go time.

About The Author:
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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Book Review: Wonderlust by B.L. Wilde

Wonderlust - B.L. Wilde
Expected Released: August 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Erotic

Natasha White has always been unlucky in love. The men she falls for only want one thing from her, and it isn’t commitment. When her boss and on/off fling announces his engagement to another woman, she finds herself running from her feelings for him by taking a job as a personal assistant to the legendary rock god, Alex Harbour—half a world away.

Her new boss is sexy, damaged, and insatiable, but Natasha has been a fan since she was a young girl. Conflicted by her emotions, she begins a love/hate relationship with the egotistical rock star.

Alex’s intentions toward her are clear from the moment they meet, but Natasha isn’t about to run from one emotionless connection to another. She is determined to keep her distance from her childhood crush, by any means necessary.

When lust begins to cloud her mind, however, she becomes hell bent on protecting her heart. What good could ever come out of falling for a rock star, anyway?

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Can I just say that I am seriously fangirling right now. I absolutely adored Wonderlust and currently my fingers and toes are crossed hoping for more.

 photo blwilde wonderlust teaser_zpsyzk5hiyo.pngNatasha White is a organised messed. She left her current job because of an emotional attachment to her boss. Needing the space to clear her head and get her life back in some type of order. As fate would have it she’s offered the position of a lifetime working as a PA for her rock star crush Alex Harbour.

Before the star struck feeling even set in Natasha soon learns that her new boss Ales is a complete arse. Alex is sexy and frustrating at the same time. At one point he was the lead singer of Steel Roses. Being true to the rocker persona Alex is all about sex and drugs, he’s been on this downward spiral, but appearances are never what they seem to be.

Sparks began to fly immediately when these two crossed paths and of course there was never a dull moment. Making Wonderlust very difficult to put down. The story is told from Natasha’s POV and considering I’m more of a dual POV fan I still enjoyed every minute. The story is written at the whirlwind pace that keeps your heart pumping, awaiting the next moment.moment. Wonderlust has it all romance that gives that warm butterfly feeling, and drama and sometimes when it occurred it was slightly over the top. While B.L. Wilde was gracious enough not to leave us with a cliffhanger, she did leave high hopes of a continuation.

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Wicked Fall (The Wicked Horse #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Fall - Sawyer Bennett
Released: July 28, 29015
Series: The Wicked Horse #1
Genre:Contemporary, Romance, Erotic

Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.

He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range.

Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down.

Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.

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So I need to catch up on all of the books and series that I’ve been lacking on by Sawyer Bennett’s, this lady has honestly allowed me to fall back in love with reading ever since I learned about her a few years back. I had zero doubts that I wouldn’t fall hard for Wicked Fall.

Wicked Fall is wickedly good. Ms. Bennett pulls you in with an enticing blurb and then pow gives you the sexy kinky that you didn’t realize that you needed in your life.

Apparently Wolfe has already been introduced in another one of Ms. Bennett’s title’s hence the reason I have some reading to catch up on. Anyhow, feeling trapped running his family business, Wolfe decides flex his entrepreneurial skills thus introducing a quiet club that has a taste for every kinky appetite. Sated with his choice of women and living the life he wants on the side, the last thing he expected was for the one from his past to walk into his world.

Enters the governor’s daughter, the one that got away Callie Hayes. Fed up with the her current life and finding herself back home after walking out on her cheating fiance. Callie is on a mission to reinvent herself, her first act lands her on a bar top entered in a wet t-shirt contest. It didn’t take long for the owner of said club to put an end to her participation.

The emotional pull between Wolfe and Callie was magnetic, the unfinished past made things that much more intense. My only gripe would be how everyone treated Callie like a child, it was alway she’s so innocent and pure please Callie has a kinky side begging to be set free. I understand being the daughter of a public figure there is a certain standard that must be upheld, ut sometimes its ok to have fun and let loose.
No surprise Sawyer Bennett writing is amazing and had me hooked for the blurb. I canNOT express enough I did NOT want to put this one down. The story is told from a dual POV, both the hero and heroine are likeable, even with their flaws. The secondary characters only enhance the story, while also giving me high hopes for more stories waiting to be told. (*rubbing hands together waiting for Bridger’s story*). The epilogue had me picking my jaw up from the floor while fanning myself. One question to Ms. Bennett why must you make my wait so painful.

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.

Fitness Friday #7

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Soooo it's been a super long time since I’ve said anything about my fitness journey, but what I can say I’m trying. For the most part it's been difficult to sit down and type things out, although I can plan it out in my head. Now that the kids are on summer break and graduation parties are done, I’m hoping to have more time to myself or at least time to figure out a life schedule.

One workout at a time photo images 1_zpssx73uhvu.jpgRecently I started doing a workout that I’ve wanted to do ever since I had Exercisetv which is no longer exist. I’m currently working Chris Freytag’s 10lb Slimdown (not the Xtreme). I was lucky enough to find the workouts on Youtube. While I would consider this workout to be low impact, it is also kicking my butt. The workout consist of five 20 minute videos: Upper, Lower, Core Total body, and Yoga. I’ve been pairing these workout with Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout the (free week),I found her workouts on Pinterest while looking up HiiT and Tabata workouts.

So anyway Kayla’s Bikini Body workout consists of 2 circuits with 4 exercises, each circuit is to be completed 2 times within 7 minutes twice making it 28 minutes of hard work. Confession I have yet to complete that 28 minutes, currently I’ve been only able to make it through both circuits once and I just set my HIIT timer for 45secs with a 10 sec rest because I always lose count and so this is what works for me.

Don't Quit photo download_zpsvqnih0so.jpgI haven’t really been tracking my weight so much mainly because it puts me in a mood when the scale doesn’t reflect all of the sweating I’ve been done. I’m sure my eating habits play a major factor, but honestly my goal is not to be skinny. Currently my current goal is to just stay consistent and ultimately feel good in the skin that I’m in. What I have notice with working out is that my stress levels have went down and my anxiety is no longer taking over my life. So for me that’s a major win.

The Gentleman Mentor (Lessons with the Dom #1)

The Gentleman Mentor - Kendall Ryan
Released: May 5, 2015
Series: Lessons with the Dom #1
Genre: Contemporary,Romance, Erotic
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She’s a client. That’s all.

Or it should be.

But with every lesson, she’s becoming more.

The secrets I’m hiding behind the image of the Gentleman Mentor make telling her the truth—and having anything real—impossible.

I’m training her for another man, and that fact guts me every time I think of it.

I know she’s not mine … but part of me won’t accept that.

Am I willing to risk it all to keep her?

He calls himself the Gentleman Mentor.

Just reading his ad makes me feel more alive than I have in years.

He promises to teach me the art of seduction … and show me the most sinfully erotic pleasures. He’s going to help me become the kind of confident, sexy woman men can’t ignore.

Six lessons … with the most gorgeous man … who happens to be a Dom.

The only problem … now that I’ve experienced his brand of delectable domination will anyone else ever compare?

THE GENTLEMAN MENTOR is a full-length standalone novel.

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Today is a special day, today I became a fan of Kendall Ryan works. The cover caught my attention, the blurb made me do a double take , and after reading the raving reviews for The Gentleman Mentor I didn’t need any more reason to not enjoy the experience myself.

Brie short for Brielle is in need of some assistance. She wants to sexy and seductive, her only issue it that she has zero clue as to how to make that happen. This ignorance leads her to an intriguing ad for a gentleman mentor.Brie has high hopes the gentleman mentor can help her obtain the affection of her best friend Kirby that she’s been pining over for the past 5 years.

By day he’s a lawyer, by night Hale’s a Dom. He’s skilled at both jobs, but of course he has more fun with his night job. Becoming a Dom became therapy for him after the enduring lies and cheating from his ex.

The attraction between Brie and Hale is instant. Once the mentoring sessions begin Brie is questioning her feelings for Hale. Could it be the way he works her body or is it the things she can she outside the bedroom. Whenever Hale is away from Brie all of his thoughts are filled with her.

The Gentleman Mentor has the right amount of romance mixed with a dash of light BDSM to make you yearn for more.

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Takedown Teague (Caged #1) by Shay Savage

Takedown Teague - Shay Savage
Released: July 14, 2015
Series: Caged #1
Genre: NA, Romance, Comedy
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This is not made for TV. This is the raw, brutal underground of no-holds-barred combat. Inside the cage there is nothing but me and the pain I inflict on those who dare enter. In the cage, I never have to worry about anyone but myself. Yet, when she began standing outside of the cage, everything changed. I was no longer fighting for the money or the glory – I was fighting for her.

When I got to the top of the stairs, I immediately saw a figure leaning against the outside of the fence and looking back and forth down the street quickly.  Each time the head turned, a long brown pony tail bobbed around, and strands of hair got caught in the chain links.  If the short-shorts and Fin’s logo on the shirt weren’t enough to go on, the gigantic, evil handbag gave her away.
“What the fuck?” I snarled through the fence.
Tria startled and looked at me, turning quickly on her heel and holding up her keys clenched in her fist.  I tilted my head to one side and raised an eyebrow at her.  What was she going to do, wave them around at me from the other side of the fence?
“I’m pretty sure that was not meant to take the place of a ride,” I said, nodding toward the keys in her hand.
“You scared the shit out of me!” Tria yelled.  She adjusted the mega-monster purse on her shoulder and ran her hand through her hair.  “The girl who was driving me got another job.  She just walked out today, and there wasn’t anyone else on my shift with a car.”
“So you’re walking down this street again?” I yelled.  I slammed my palms into the chain links, making the whole side of metal rattle.  She jumped away, stammering.
I didn’t give her much chance to finish.  I was livid.
“After what happened the last time?  Seriously, Tria?”  I paced over to the edge of the building and back to the fence again.  My fingers wrapped around the links and yanked.  “You do have a fucking death wish, don’t you?”
“I do not!”
“Then why are you being so stupid?” I screamed.  I planted my feet right where they were, and my heart thumped audibly in my chest.
“I was trying to find you!” she yelled back.
“Well, why didn’t you come in the fucking bar?” I tossed my hands up into the air.  “Is there not a big ass poster right there in your face saying exactly where I am on Friday nights?”
“I tried,” Tria said with a glare.  “The bouncer wouldn’t let me in.”
“Why not?”
“I’m only twenty,” she said with a shrug.
There was something about that news that flipped a switch in my head.  I knew she looked young, but I didn’t realize how young.  The idea that she was out here on her own, trying to make a go in this place without even being old enough to get into a bar killed my anger and made me feel something a little odd as well.  Respect?  Maybe even pride?
Whatever it was, it also hardened my dick

About the Author

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

Book Review: Sinfully Mine (Lessons with the Dom #2) by Kendall Ryan

Sinfully Mine - Kendall Ryan
Release: July 14, 2015
Series: Lessons with the Dom #2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Erotic

She was forbidden.

I didn’t care.

As my best friend’s little sister, Macey Hale was off-limits, but the girl was tempting as sin and forbidden as fuck. I wish I could say that stopped me. I wish I could tell you I behaved like a gentleman.

I didn’t.

When she waltzes back into my life with that same spark I fell for, looking every bit the beautiful woman I knew she’d grow into, I have to force myself to remember I’m different from the man she once knew. I’m colder. Harder. And for good reason.
With my heart on lockdown and my hands aching to touch her, I set out to prove that I can keep myself in check this time.

No strings. No attachments.

And definitely no falling for her again.

If you love steamy romance, you won't want to miss this older brother's best friend romance.

This is book two in the Lessons with the Dom series, following The Gentleman Mentor. Both are complete standalone novels featuring sexy Dominant men you're sure to fall in love with. Enjoy!

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Welcome to Chicago’s hottest BDSM club, Crave and trust Sinfully Mine has everything that you’re craving. It goes without saying Kendall Ryan has a talent for composing yumming Doms that you just want to devour. Honestly, Sinfully Mine didn’t put me in the mindset of your average BDSM, yes limits were being tested , but for the most part those limits were outside of the bedroom.

Hale’s little sister Macey is back in town and she is looking to blow off some steam. She’s jobless, because she quit. She newly single and homeless due to the face to was dating a douche that was banging the landlord. So its only fitting that gets what she wants and have hot, sweaty sex. The forget her name kind at that. Of course the odds are currently not in Macey’s favor.

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When Macey walked into Crave on New Year night, just her presence alone was able to make a certain BDSM Dom ower lose all control. Reese is not only the owner of this popular club, but he also has a past with his bestfriends’s sister.Although it's been six years since they last seen each other, the intense emotions are still very much present day.

Three sessions is what Reese offered Macey when she propositioned him to teach her how to be a Sub. Naturally Reese assumed he was up for this challenged, but when it came time to get to action he was realized he too had a few lessons to learn. Only time will tell if either will be able to learn the lessons that’s being taught.

While I’m not currently a Kendall Ryan connoisseur I am rapidly finding reason to become one. Sinfully Mine was amazing writing with a dual pov which its zero secret that I am a fan of. There was this butterfly feeling romance affect, minimal drama, and sexy happen at few times. Even if you’re not a fan of Kendall, which I’m not sure why you wouldn’t be I still recommend reading Sinfully Mine if you want a good time.

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About the Author

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Resisting Her, When I Break, and the Filthy Beautiful Lies series. 

She loves reading about tough, alpha heroes with a sweet side, and aims to capture that in her writing. She detests laundry, and enjoys coffee, cupcakes, and being outdoors playing with her two infant sons and darling husband.

Book Review: Playing with Fire by Lexi Ryan

Playing With Fire - Lexi Ryan
Released: July 7, 2015
Series: Mended Hearts #1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance,NA/Adult,
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Dr. Phoenix Reid isn't who she seems...

Everyone knows a phoenix rises from the ashes. What they don't talk about are the people she drags with her into the fire.

I thought one hot night with Max Hallowell was harmless. I never expected it would force me to face my past or bring back the man who swore he'd never let me go. Now Max wants to help me. Wants to save me. But if I let him, he'll be destroyed. I can already smell the flames.

A woman with a secret past. A man determined to protect her. A dangerous passion that could cost them both everything.

Playing with Fire is the first in a new series of standalone novels featuring the New Hope characters Lexi Ryan fans have come to love. While you wait for Nix and Max's story, explore Love Unbound, the collection of books set in Lexi's New Hope world.
*Note: Each series can be read on its own, but for the chronology purists, the reading order is below.

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Feels good to be back in New Hope and on what seems to be a never ending journey to new love and great beginning. I can’t say it enough, I absolutely infatuated with Lexi Ryan’s writing and the characters that she creates.

Playing with Fire follows Dr. Phoenix “Nix” Reed, who on the outside appears to be one of the few that’s not only confident, but possibly may have herself together as well Of course things are never what they appear to be. Nix has a past that she’s been running from for many years and now that past just may have found her.

While Nix is far from a damsel she just so happens to have “Stallion” better know as Max Hallowell. I’m not sure what it is about Max, but it seems love for him is like finding a leprechaun riding an unicorn. He’s a devoted father and genuinely a guy. I will admit I was never #TeamMax when it came to Hanna, but it doesn’t take away that this guy deserves someone that appreciative of his huge heart.

With all romance there was some drama and much resistance. At times things started to look as if they were going to fall apart beyond repair, but of course this is the small town of New Hope were odds have been beaten before. Only question is will hope prevail for Nix and Max?

As I have mentioned before I very much enjoy Lexi’s writing, her style keeps me fulling enage from the moment I start page 1 up until the very last page. At times her awesome writing causes me to neglect some other things like sleep or skipping out on a workout because I refuse to put my Nook down. Playing with Fire is told with a dual POV (uer New Hope stories, which was actually a pallet cleaners. While Max and Nix’s story was very much romance and erotic, it was also had that edge of your seat suspense. I cannot forget you are not left with a cliffhanger. Yesss!!! I repeat NO CLIFFHANGERS HERE BOYS AND GIRLS, but things are left to open up the for the next title of the Mended Hearts series Holding Her Close, which I will be present for.

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

Toxic by Kim Karr

Toxic - Kim Karr
Released: July 7, 2015
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not...

New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new novel that takes you into the world of Manhattan’s elite.

In Toxic, Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, sometimes brooding entrepreneur goes after what he wants—the woman he left behind years ago. Phoebe St. Claire, a put together, in control socialite-turned-CEO has been drifting through life searching for something she thought she'd never find again—the right man to share her future.

Our passion was boundless. Our lust untamed. And our desire endless. He was the only man who ever made me feel alive. Then, I betrayed him.

When he reappeared, I didn’t question it. Trust rarely survives the wrecking ball, so when he let me in back in—I didn’t hesitate.

Maybe I should have.

What began as a bid to save my family business, turned into a second chance at love. It felt so romantic. Working together, side by side, with the man I loved. My dream come true.

Nothing is as good as it seems.

We had our issues, but then again, every couple does. It wasn’t jealousy, or our too-hot sex life that I should have been worried about.

It was his darkside.

I never saw the end coming, until it slammed me in the face. The question is—did he?

Was revenge his plan all along?


Sometimes you have to wonder if your life is too good to be true.
Is it real or just an illusion?
Does the man lying beside you really love you like he says he does?
If the answer is yes, you’re meant to live happily ever after.
If the answer is no, you’re living my life, and nothing will ever be the same.

What you do about it—that’s up to you.

Me, I’m in too deep and there’s no getting out.

I’ll take whatever I can get for as long as I can because I know when it’s over…

I’ll never find another man like him.


Phoebe St. Claire
“Where are you?” he asked.
“I know. Where in your apartment are you?”
“On my bed.”
“Where are you?” I asked.
“Give me a minute.”
I heard stomping up some stairs and then a door closed.
“On my bed,” he said in that same husky tone.
I nearly stopped breathing.
“Are you still there?” he asked again.
“Yes,” my voice was raspy.
In a deep husky voice he said, “Tell me what you’re wearing under your clothes.”
Arousal overtook my mind and I answered quickly. “A bra and panties.”
“Take off your clothes and tell me what they look like.”
Flushing from head to toe I managed to say, “Jeremy!”
“Phoebe, I’ve seen you in your underwear. Christ, I’ve seen you naked. Just put your phone on speaker, dim the lights, and describe to me the lucky pieces of fabric covering your tits and pussy.”
Shock and desire swarmed through me in equal measure.
Memories of his dirty mouth came back in a flash.
I’d loved it so many years ago, loved when we were flesh to flesh. And this was different. I’d never had phone sex before. Had no idea how to, but I knew I was about to find out. I wasn’t going to turn him down. I wanted this.
The sexual tension that had blossomed between us was causing me to go insane. I was touching myself when I woke up in the middle of the night, and then in the shower before work, and last night and the night before after I hung up the phone with him. I’d been masturbating to the thought of him nonstop. Phone sex had to be so much better.
“Give me a minute,” I whispered needing to ease into the more intimate exchange that I knew was coming. I stripped out of my skirt and blouse and all but tore my hose pulling them off. The lights were already dimmed, so that wasn’t an issue. I heard his own mattress squeaking and wondered if he had started without me.
My phone beeped again and I looked down. This time it was an incoming call from Jamie. I ignored it. Then, I took a deep breath and a giant leap of faith as I sat on my bed in my underwear.
Just as I was thinking about what I could say, he spoke. “I have to be honest with you,” he said.
My heart sank. I didn’t like any conversation that started with those words.
With a heavy exhale, he said, “I’ve been hard all week just thinking about you and I have to admit, my wrist hasn’t been worked out this much in a long time.”
Picturing his hand, his cock, his hips, and the perfect choreographed movement of all three had me barely cognizant.
“I’m here,” I said in the raspiest tone. “Then I’ll be honest too. It’s possible that I’ve made myself come more times this week than I have in my entire life.”
I wasn’t exactly comfortable initiating a kinky conversation. But I could follow his lead.
“Jesus Phoebe, you can’t talk that way to me when I’m not near you.”
Something primal erupted within me. “And I want to do it again.”
I moaned at his use of the word fuck. It sounded entirely too delicious.
Equally as delicious was his sexy laugh that followed. “So what are we going to do about this dilemma?”
I sunk back into my pillows and pictured his face—his lips parted and his eyes heavy-lidded.
I knew what I wanted to do about it.
Did he want to do the same thing?
I hoped so.

About the Author:

I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I've always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.