Apr 1, 2015

Review: SOUL REST (Knights of the Board Room, #7) by Joey W. Hill


Celeste has worked hard to establish her freelance blog as a source of accurate crime news for the Baton Rouge area. Being a workaholic, focusing solely on her career, was her choice. Five years ago, she had a life-changing experience in a BDSM club that made it clear she is a submissive, but she believes her past makes embracing that path impossible. Then Sergeant Leland Keller walks into her life. He’s the Dom she’s always feared and hoped she’d meet, and he recognizes her as what he’s been looking for as well. But she fights submission as much as she longs for it.

Leland always thought he was looking for a docile, sweet-natured sub, but the heart wants what it wants. He can tell Celeste is aching for love and surrender. Having served in the military and now as a patrol sergeant in one of Baton Rouge’s most dangerous districts, he doesn’t shy from a challenge.

His job is to protect and serve. He’s not going to let her down.



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5 stars: 4 for Celeste & Leland plus one extra, special star for getting more of all the characters from the previous books, making this the perfect series ending.

Another winner from Joey W. Hill!

Since I'd already read Retribution, a free vignette available on Ms. Hill's fan forum, Celeste was not a new character to me, but one I was looking forward to reading more about. After everything I found out about her in her session with Ben--which I would recommend reading before Soul Rest--I was glad she was finally getting her happy ever after. I had wondered if she would go on to further explore her submissive side, and if she would find a good Dom for herself, and because I had been in a matchmaking mood, Leland had occurred to me. I had only met him briefly in Afterlife, but it'd been enough to think he and Celeste could make a fine couple, so needless to say, when Soul Rest was announced, my reaction was: YAY!!! However, I did have one teeny tiny concern: reading Willing Sacrifice did not go as well as I had expected, and I thought that perhaps one of the reasons for that was that I'd grown too fond of the Knights' stories that I didn't care much about the secondary characters, so I was a bit afraid that would happen with Soul Rest, but as it turned out, I had nothing to worry about. Celeste and Leland both proved to be one of those characters I love reading about most in Joey W. Hill's stories.

A submissive who wanted to be a submissive so badly she fought it like a trap.

That is who Celeste was. I had wondered if she would go into BDSM, and for the most part I believed she would, but that was probably just wishful thinking. I should have known it would take a lot more than one great session for her to completely embrace it, even if that session was with Ben O'Callahan. Five years after that night, that session still remained the first and the last she'd had, and Celeste had given up on experiencing that again. Then he showed up, and made her re-think everything, and along the way proved to be a worthy hero in a series about Knights.

Sergeant Leland Keller had come to a point in his life where he didn't care to date anymore until something real, special, serious came along. He had thought that when he found his special someone she would be a sweet, docile submissive, but then he met Celeste, and showed him a bratty, challenging sub was what he needed all along. That she was what he needed. That conviction served him well in the battle for Celeste's heart as she was not the easiest sub to work with, but he made it. Ms. Hill's Knights always make it.

I complained that it took me a week to read this book, but it wasn't because I had problems with it. I was out of reading shape, but that wasn't the main reason, either. It was because of something that always happens to me when reading Joey W. Hill's books: they just pull me in, the characters' emotions are so well described, everything is so vivid, most of the times intense, I just have to absorb the words slowly and savor them. And this book had a lot of words, a lot of amazing words. So now I can happily say that even though I'm kind of ashamed I spent a week reading one book, I spent a week reading one amazing book

From the moment they met, both Celeste and Leland knew the attraction they felt for each other was only the beginning of something more serious and long-lasting, only one of them had more trouble accepting that. Celeste was difficult; any step forward with her was usually followed by two steps back. It could've been frustrating, if I hadn't felt terribly sorry for her for denying herself what she most desired, and if I hadn't believed Leland wouldn't give up on her no matter what. 

Every time I read anything penned by Ms. Hill, I feel like I'm learning something new about the many aspects of D/s relationships, or rituals, scenes or toys. All the scenes Leland and Celeste had were special for something, but one stood out: the Ichinawa session.

“Ichinawa is about the connection between Dom and sub using that one length of rope. I’ll tie only one end of it to one part of you. Your wrist, your ankle, your thigh…wherever I’d like, and then wrap you up in it. Then I’ll unwrap it and do it again. Different ways, the same way, over and over. Every time I wrap you in the rope and then unwrap you, it reinforces the choice. For me to take you, then let you go. For you to submit and then come back to me to submit again. It’s as organic as breathing.”

It was incredible. The cover reminds me of it. Speaking of, this is my favorite cover in the series. One of the good things about this being a self-published book is that it got this beautiful cover. I don't think I've ever found a cover of a book published by Ellora's Cave that I liked. This is a nice change. Plus, it reminds me of one my favorite scenes in the book.

I've said that what swayed me to give Soul Rest the highest possible rating are the parts involving the characters from the previous books. Those are the characters that have over the course of six books and two vignettes become one of the characters I love reading most about, so when they became a part of this story, I... well, I squealed like a little girl. What can I say, I'm a fangirl of the Knights, and, yes, even while writing my review, I couldn't wait to get to the part about them...
Okay, I couldn't wait to get to the part about Ben and Marcie.

Both Leland as a police officer and Celeste as a reporter were involved in investigating murders that happened recently. That investigation didn't take up much space in the book, but did put Celeste in danger. While I was sad she had to go through that, I couldn't have been happier that it led her to my aforementioned dear characters. Since this is the last book in the series, I couldn't have imagined it without them. I liked seeing them all once more, but as always I had my favorite scenes. (They are listed in the order they happened in the book.)

First, it's Ben and Celeste's night chat before the big day. It was interesting seeing them interacting in a normal situation when the only one I've read about was that night in club Surreal. Even more interesting was finding how much in common they have.

Second, the wedding! With all the couples in the series, we'd get to the end of the book before they'd tied the knot; all the weddings happened in between installments. That is why having a wedding in this book was one more thing on a long list of what I loved in this book. And the wedding being none other than of Ben and Marcie made it one my favorite parts.

Third was the after party, of course! If you read it, you'll know why. ;) But in all seriousness, that intimate gathering of the main couples from this series (minus Janet & Max) and some others that I haven't had the pleasure of reading about was a lovely farewell. To see them all, happy and in love and lust one more time before the ending was wonderful. Most of all, I was happy to finally see Matt and Savannah engaging in a more public play. They are the couple that's always kept to themselves the most, and I've always craved to get more of them, since their book Board Resolution won't miraculously become longer no matter how much I wish it. 

I'm sad we've come to the end, but I'm happy with how it ended. Only fitting to end it with a story starring the reporter who dubbed our heroes the "Knights of the board room".
All the books in this series are dear to me for some reason, but my favorites are Hostile Takeover, Afterlife, and Board Resolution, and now Soul Rest.

My reviews of other books in the series: Board Resolution | Controlled Response | Honor Bound | Afterlife | Hostile Takeover


Mar 31, 2015

SPOTLIGHT TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Snapped by Ketley Allison

Snapped Series by Ketley Allison 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


“We have someone who saw you struggling with the deceased before using that knife. Your best friend, and our eye witness.”

In nine weeks Charlie Miller’s life goes from high-rolling perfection to a crypt of sin. All it takes is one night, one blade, and her boyfriend, best friend and new friends all either end up as suspects or dead.

Nate Westcott, a pierced, tattooed, charismatic lawyer, is a man she can’t have—but a seductive danger she can’t ignore. He’s cocky, infuriating, brilliant and wrong, yet he makes her question whether she really is the good girl she wants to be or more like the selfish killer everyone thinks she is.

And her body wants him in ways she’s not supposed to crave.

As the weeks close in, cracks start forming in her everyday world of pro football golden boys, law school domination and New York City nightlife. Everyone she cares about is at risk because one of them doesn’t love Charlie back. In fact, they want her out of the way. Disposed of. Set up.

One more step, and all Charlie has to do is fall through.

Week 1 starts now.


Snapped is Ketley’s New Adult Contemporary series with all the romance you’d expect, but the killer—and lovers—that you don’t.

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I wrapped my hands around the railings, iron framing my view as I watched them. I rested my forehead between the cold columns, feeling like an inmate forced to see the world from the inside. 

Neither Lara nor Slade said anything. Nor did they pause for a picture or even acknowledge the requests. 

But, I thought, neither bothered to correct them. 

They believed Lara was me, that Slade was bringing his girlfriend with him even though players weren’t supposed to consort with their companions prior to a game. 

But I shouldn’t rush to stupid thoughts—he probably offered her a ride, asked to drop her off somewhere rather than wasting money on a cab. 

Yet the tug on my insides wasn’t regret or logic. It was, ever so slightly, jealousy. She was beautiful. She was with him. I was up here, curled up on the balcony and sporting terrycloth and stress pimples in the background. 

He opened the door for her, and she swooped in with him following behind. The door slammed shut, and the car vroomed away from the curb, leaving the flashes, clicks and shouts behind. 

I sagged against the bars, blowing out an annoyed, desolate sigh. 


I stiffened. 

“I see you, girl! Down here!” 

Shit. Shit, shit, shit. 

I flipped to all fours, squeezing my eyes shut as though I could scrunch out what was happening, and crawled to the balcony door. 

Please don’t have zoom capabilities. 

“Charlotte! Why aren’t you with your boyfriend! Who’s the lady with him?” 

Door. Get to the damn door. 

“Charlotte! Charlotte! Char—” 


I shut the French doors, transforming the sounds from below into muffled murmurs, almost nonexistent. 

And if I were to be honest with myself, I felt pretty nonexistent right now, too.



Ketley Allison began her career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.

The writing bug never left her–and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write–so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.

As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through–especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.

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Book Reveal: SINCERELY, CARTER by Whitney G.

If you've been following Whitney Gracia Williams lately, you may have noticed mentions of Secret Book #1. Well, it's a secret no more. This is it! 

Today is not only the cover reveal, but also title and blurb reveal. 

From the post title you can see the book is called Sincerely, Carter, and here are the cover and the blurb:

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend...

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)
Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.
Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.
Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve...

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

Expected release date: April 2015

In other Whitney G. book news, Reasonable Doubt, Volume One is having its first birthday on April 1. To celebrate, the first part of the story about Andrew Hamilton and Aubrey Everhart is free until April 3. I loved reading about them, so if you still haven't gotten your copy, now is the time!

You can get your copy HERE,   
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and read my reviews of Reasonable Doubt here:  RD, Vol. 1, RD, Vol. 2, RD, Vol. 3.


SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Broken (Lost Series, Bk #1) By Cynthia Eden

(Lost Series, Bk #1)
By Cynthia Eden


The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he’s rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it’s clear he hasn’t forgotten her.

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“Do you think I’m a con artist or a victim?”

“I think you’re a woman who has been hurt.” No denying that. “One of my team members, Wade Monroe, is contacting the Montgomery family. We’ll get DNA from them and find out—”

“If I’m Jessica.” There was hope in the words. Enough hope to break his heart.

Gabe nodded.

“When will we know?”

It would take a few days, even with the strings that he could pull. “As soon as possible,” he said, not wanting to give her a specific timetable.

“Thank you.” Then, just like that, she was across the car, giving him a tight hug. “Thank you.”

His arms wrapped around her, an instinctive response. She smelled faintly of flowers, a sweet scent that teased his nose, and her body was soft against his.

She tried to pull away, as if realizing what she’d just done.

For an instant he was tempted to hold her, to keep her close.

She’s a client. Focus.

He let her go, but his body ached.

“I … um … I should get inside.”

Yes, she should. While he was still clutching tight to his control. The control that said he shouldn’t push her. Shouldn’t want her so much. Not when she’d already been hurt so badly.

Her fingers reached for the door.

“Let me,” he said, voice rumbling, and Gabe climbed from the Jag. In seconds he was on the passenger side, opening her door for her. She rose, and her body brushed against his.

He stepped back. Distance. He seriously needed to put some distance between then. But even with some fast steps back, he could still smell that light and sexy scent that clung to her body. 

And he still wanted her.

“Your shrink asked me a lot of questions about you,” Eve told him as she stood temptingly close.

Gabe inclined his head. “I’m sure—”

“I think she wanted to know why I respond so much to you.”

Oh, hell, she’d just said … He cleared his throat even as part of his body surged in quick response to her. “It’s a tense situation, you’re—”

“You don’t look at me as if I’m a victim.”

He stopped talking.

“I mean, you know what I am, but you still look at me and seem to just see me … as a woman.”

“Others see you the same way.” Doc Tyler sure did. Bastard.

“It’s different with you,” she murmured as she stepped even closer to him. Her head had tilted back so she could look into his eyes. “I don’t know what I’ve felt for other men before.”

Why did the idea of others have his body knotting with tension?

“But I know that when I see you, I want.” A hushed confession. “I just … I needed to tell you that.”

And he needed to make his self-control a hell of a lot stronger. Her lips were just inches from his, and he wanted her mouth beneath his. Wanted her lips open. Needed to taste her.

“You’re the first man I’ve wanted since I opened my eyes in that hospital.”

He could actually feel his control splintering. Client. Cli—

“You probably don’t want me. I—I might not be your type.”

Now her gaze had fallen, as if in embarrassment. Had she really just asked if she was his type? 

She was probably every damn man’s type.

“But you make me feel normal again, so I had to tell you—”

His fingers curved under her chin. “Eve …”

Her smile was a little too big. Too bright. “I don’t think I can handle anything else right now, I’m …” She pulled away. Stumbled onto the sidewalk. “I just wanted to tell you how I felt,” she told him again.

Then she walked into the shelter, her steps hurried. As if she were running.

From him.

He stared after her. She wanted him.

And she was so beyond his reach.

About the Author

USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.

Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.


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Cover Reveal: APPEALED (The Legal Briefs, #3) by Emma Chase

Title: Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3)
Author: Emma Chase
Expected Publication Date: November 17, 2015 by Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance


When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate - and prized - parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.

Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.

And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.


When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.

She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore - she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out that way.

Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.



By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Overruled/Emma-Chase/The-Legal-Briefs-Series/9781501102035#sthash.7oPZtRxt.dpuf
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night, she toils away bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. Writing has always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Overruled/Emma-Chase/The-Legal-Briefs-Series/9781501102035#sthash.7oPZtRxt.dpuf

Mar 30, 2015

SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Johnnie by Cardeno C.

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Jonnie_cover1800x2700 A Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter to carry his excess force. When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more.

Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.


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Drawing his eyebrows together, Johnnie looked at him evenly and said, “What do you see?” 

Plump lips. A pink tongue. Silky hair. Soft skin. Entrancing eyes. 

“You’re trembling,” Hugh answered. “Even under that blanket with all those clothes on, you’re cold.” Johnnie was always cold at night. But Hugh wasn’t. He was burning up. “Here.” 

Hugh reached his arms out as he lay down on his side beside Johnnie. “Get close to me. My body heat will help.” 

Within moments, Johnnie was wrapped in his arms, his soft skin brushing against Hugh’s chest, his silky hair caressing the underside of Hugh’s chin, and his pretty mouth blowing fast bursts of air against Hugh’s nipple. Very fast. 

“You’re breathing too quickly.” Hugh pulled Johnnie closer and flung his leg around Johnnie’s thighs, curling around the other lion in an attempt to surround him with heat. 

“Oh,” Johnnie said, his voice cracking. He grasped at Hugh’s shoulders, his chest, and his flank. “Oh.” 

“What is that?” Hugh rolled sideways, putting Johnnie on his back, and then climbed on top of him. He braced his legs on either side of Johnnie and planted his forearms on the bed to help distribute his weight, but he otherwise kept their bodies connected. “Why do you shake like that?”

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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

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Mar 27, 2015

Promo Tour: FUEL THE FIRE by Krista & Becca Ritchie - Loren Hale’s Favorite Things

Hello Fizzle Force! 
It's time for another Addicted series promo tour. I feel like we're sending another one of our babies into the world. :D And I'm being totally bias now, but I feel it's the best one yet! :D Of course the fact that Fuel the Fire is the book about the awesome Connor Cobalt and Rose Calloway has everything to do with it. 
Today we have a guest post - LOREN HALE’S FAVORITE THINGS and there's an awesome giveaway involved too! Follow the tour here because there's plentitute of awesome posts coming your way until FTF releases on April 3rd! 


Loren Hale is the main male character of the Addicted series, but he’ll be back in Fuel the Fire as a supporting character. Here are some of his favorite things: 

Color: Red/Black
Season: Winter
Food: Tacos
Dessert: Cinnamon Rolls
Drink: Whisky and Fizz
Current TV Show: Game of Thrones
Book: X-Men Messiah Complex
Movie: X-2
Movie Genre: Sci-Fi
Music: Kid Cudi
Comic Book Character: Julian Keller (comics) and Wolverine (movies)
Favorite Thing About Lily’s Features (Body & Personality): Lo loves Lily’s gangly body type (though he wouldn’t mind if she gained some weight) and he loves her warm heart and goofy personality.
Favorite Quote: “Remember: the real horror is that unless we stop it, it's just a prologue.” – Cyclops, Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 #47


Title: Fuel the Fire
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #3
Pub Date: April 3rd, 2015

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Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs. 

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then? 

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices. 
For the first time in his life.


Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love. 
They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.


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