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5* Review: Too Hot to Handle (Bad Boys (Zero to 60) Book 10 – Susan Arden

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Blurb 2016 -1

What began in a grueling game of cat-n-mouse with her step-uncle, has Margo on the move. In Never Say Never (prequel and included in Too Hot), she’s on the run and ends up doing a body slide right into the arms of a recently discharged Marine. Outside of a crazy fling, there’s zero room in her life for men. Handsome distractions are dangerous to her health.

From working a fence line and dealing with cattle, Rod is thrust back into the line of duty. And he promptly fails. He crosses the line in a no-brainer mission: go and get the girl. On no hands is he prepared for Margo or her smart-mouth, right hook, and cargo to hide.

Together Margo and Rod are as volatile as flint and gunpowder. Bordering on taboo, their raw attraction is a recipe for disaster. Especially when the stakes are raised.

Their stormy love affair forces them over the edge and out of their comfort zones as they wrangle in-laws, Mother Nature, and a slick conman. A regular trial by fire. But a battle worth fighting means taking a stand and they’ll do whatever it takes to stay together. Even if it means they have to lie, steal, cheat.
Or kill.

IT’S HOT.
IT’S DIRTY.
ZERO TO 60
SEX UP AGAINST A WALL AND SOME.

If you can’t stand the heat, better not come near this nuclear fusion Western, ’cause baby you will get burnt!

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My Review 2016-1

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This book gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘cute meet’-who knew airports could be this exciting?
I’ve wanted to read Rod’s story, the ex Marine with issues, since first meeting him in an earlier ‘Bad Boys’ book, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is a hard hitting, on the edge story. Margo and Rod’s exciting and unconventional relationship puts the reader through the emotional wringer. Emotion shadows every graphic and scorching touch, making it worth reading.
Margo carries too much guilt around with her for one so young and when you meet her step-uncle Axel you realise why. He is so easy to hate and the perfect antagonist for our anti-hero Rod who will save Margo at any cost, even if she doesn’t thank him for it.
Enriched by the setting at the rodeo and on the ranch, this fast paced love story is easy to read and hard to put down. If you like your cowboys sexy and troubled, your heroines feisty and opinionated and your love scenes detailed and raw, this is for you

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5* Review: Dragon Heart – Susan Arden – Rocky Mountain Shifters #0.5 -Release Day

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 Leopardess Shay Barclay has a choice: go along with her family’s political plan to marry her to a ruthless shifter older than her grandfather or categorically claim her life and sensual nature as hers to rule.

She wastes no time in choosing freedom, but in her haste to establish her own boundaries, she just may have trusted her heart to the wrong man – a dragon shifter who’s too dangerous to resist…

Former Navy SEAL Drake O’Connor personally guaranteed he’d protect his buddy’s daughter to the death. But when his explosive chemistry with Shay finally boils over and they end up in bed, her family’s political enemies are the least of their problems.

Because although Shay doesn’t know it, she’s crossed a line with Drake that will alter their future for an eternity…

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Dragon Heart ‘Dragon Heart’ sizzles with fast-building heat, as sexy dragon shifter Drake, sheds his gentlemanly aura and gives Shay what she craves on a sultry summer evening. Leopardess shifter, Shay, is happy, her plan to lose her innocence to her dragon crush has worked but she is ill-prepared for the fatalistic consequences. Their first meeting is all about the physical and the eroticism of these scenes will make you hot and searching for a dragon of your own.

Sassy, vulnerable Shay makes some hot headed decisions, which endanger her happy ever after with Drake, and ultimately, it is so much more than red hot passion that keeps Drake and Shay together. This romantic adventure plays out against a background of shifter politics and dark Fae magic. Vivid characters, with easily recognisable human flaws are easy to visualise. They ramp up the suspense and keep this story rolling, at a rip- roaring pace. This fusion of paranormal and fantasy romance is guaranteed to keep you enthralled.

Dragon Heart is a classy, erotic tale, full of kick- ass action and passionate romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Tempted – Susan Arden (Playing the Edge #1)

18502404One day is all it takes to be tempted into playing the edge.

After escaping an abusive past, Eliza refuses to accept the mind-numbing existence she’s cast into. Living in the shadow of her overprotective sister, leaves Eliza suffocated and stifled, until Graham Gordon takes up residence in her yoga class and in her head. Just like that, her vanilla world is turned upside down. Graham is everything she should avoid and everything she’s ever desired.

Graham Gordon is wealthy, privileged, and harbors a secret vice no one would ever suspect. In Eliza, he has found the perfect acquisition: an innocent teacher he can’t seem to forget. During a private yoga session, Graham makes Eliza an offer she can’t refuse and teaches her what it means to submit to his every desire.

Within Graham’s powerful presence, the veils under which Eliza hides are stripped away, unlocking her inner hunger to be dominated. But will Graham’s possessive nature save her from the demons of her past, or be another experience she must survive?

My Review‘Tempted’ is the first taste of what promises to be a tempestuous relationship between Eliza a reluctant yoga teacher and Graham an ultra powerful and rich business man. This is not a ‘Fifty Shades’ story although there are some obvious similarities. The age gap between Eliza and Graham makes it  more like an erotic ‘Pygmalion.’
Eliza is easy to empathise with, although you can see why she frustrates her sister, when she seems hell bent on turning self expression into self destruction. I like the setting of this story in the world of Yoga. The first person point of view gives the story an edgy, rawness. Eliza’s emotions, fears and reactions are more immediate.
Graham is harder to like because of his overt dominance but he is a fascinating character. His point of view illustrates perfectly the depth of his controlling nature. Eliza threatens his control from their first unspoken meeting. He craves her but fears she will jeopardise the foundations of his existence.
The sensuality between Eliza and Graham is immediate. The couple’s first erotic encounters are steamy and mesmerizing and the perfect appetiser for what is to come, if Eliza accepts Graham’s offer.
Realistic emotional responses echo the story’s eroticism. The reader is drawn into Eliza’ world and can enjoy a few ‘what if ‘ moments as Eliza makes a life changing choice.
I am interested to see what happens next in this mature adult read.

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5* Review: Breaking A Bad Boy – Susan Arden (#6 Bad Boys Series)

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Bad Boys Series ~ Western erotic romance.
Breaking: Take one spunky tattoo artist, a hardcore badass cowboy, and watch the sparks ignite into a firestorm when one wants to get married and the other is holding out for screaming hot sex.
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One scorching kiss too many and Sommer sets her sights on breaking Rory McLemore. Her personal bad boy with his infuriating rule about no sex before marriage is about to go down. All the way down.

Rory gives Sommer a teasing taste from his spank bank, and suddenly there is no stopping them from exploring each other…wherever and whenever.

From holding out, Sommer is ready to give in. On the verge of saying ‘yes’ to his marriage proposal, Sommer is threatened with covering her dad’s gambling debts. When she gets an offer she can’t refuse out in L.A. and the means to make some serious cash, she heads for the coast rather than risk involving Rory in her rapidly imploding life.

As these two hardheaded lovers are forced to the edge, their love is put to the test.

Now it’s up to Rory to stake his claim in Tinsel Town and prove to Sommer, he’s the ultimate bad boy and she’s not going to end up as the girl that got away.

WARNING: Filled with badass McLemore cowboys, spunky bad girls, a few variations of hardcore rocker Romeos. Be advised~Breaking gives a new definition for hot-off-the-charts sex.

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Breaking A Bad BoyMy Review

Breaking A Bad Boy’ is another fabulous story in the ‘Bad Boys’ series. Sommer is a bold, feisty heroine and Rory is such a sexy, principled cowboy. Light the touch-paper and stand well back as this dynamite couple battle their way towards happy ever after.

Rory and Sommer’s romance is the antithesis of Brandon and Mia’s love story, not a collar in sight but there is plenty of scorching heat in this erotic romantic tale.

Rory wants to marry Sommer and won’t give them both what they want until she agrees. Despite his edict about no sex before marriage this story about the youngest of the McLemore men and his ink artist girlfriend Sommer is erotic and brimming with sensual tension. Sommer persuades her honourable cowboy to love her every which way he can without compromising his values.

Ivy and Vince are notable secondary characters. Love to see more of their love story in another book.

In a story of rock stars, gangsters and a taste of Hollywood glitz there is danger lurking for Sommer and the town of Annona when organised crime rears its ugly head.

Can  the infamous McLemore family loyalty save Rory and Sommer’s romantic dream?

A sexy, page turning read and a wonderful addition to the Bad Boys series

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review Collared By The Cowboy Susan Arden

Collared By The Cowboy is the latest in Susan Arden’s Bad Boys series and deals with the darker side of relationships and addiction.  Here’s what it’s about. Please note the disclaimer below:

The following story is intended for an adult audience and contains mature themes, strong language including graphically detailed sex, violence, and drug use portrayed in a fictional setting.

The room at the end of the hall in Spurs & Leather, a private club in Paris hasn’t seen any action of late. Brandon as head Dom locked the doors after his last lover burned him good. Diving into his work at Evermore Ranch, he’s got his hands filled with taming wild horses until a red-leather wearing woman crosses his path. Tempted back into the saddle, he sets his sights on taming a different type of filly…one with a sassy little mouth, a mind of her own, and hot body that won’t quit. He’s got the goods, if she willing to let him take the lead both in and out of bed.

Last semester of grad school and all Mia needs is a stellar thesis that will skyrocket her chances of landing a therapist job somewhere far, far away from small towns and small minds. Case studies in female sexuality sure as hell aren’t the ticket out of Texas and Mia sets her sights on learning all she can about why women enjoy being dominated–thank you fifty shades of I’m out of here by May! Undercover, she enters the secretive BDSM world within a club known to offer decadent delights. With one minor SNAFU: she becomes the target of the head Dom, a man with a reputation of equal parts bark and bite. When the door marked no is thrown open by one commanding cowboy, Mia can’t resist temptation waiting on the other side.

Now, Mia is wearing Brandon’s collar, calling him Sir, and loving every minute of being dominated by her powerful lover. Yet Mia can’t have her cake and eat it too. Torn, she must decide if her future involves walking away from Brandon when her heart is telling her to stay, stay, stay.

My Review

 Collared by the CowboyThe latest story in Susan Arden’ s Bad Boys series is the darkest she has written. This book is an adult read and not for those who are easily shocked but that said it is a compelling story full of heat and emotion.

Brandon leads a double life. He breeds and trains horses on the Evermore Ranch but also part owns a sex club. His shadow life lets him be his true self the one he hides from his close-knit family but lately being one of the club’s Dom’s hasn’t gone to plan.

Mia wants to escape from being her father’s princess. She needs her grad school degree to do it. First she has to complete her thesis and carrying out research at a sex club is a necessary evil.

After a stormy first meeting full of heat and misunderstanding Brandon insists he is the only one to show Mia what happens in the club. He longs to tame her but will she cede to his dominance ? After visually sampling some of the club’s activities Mia is intrigued but can she objectively carry out her research given her magnetic attraction to Brandon. In the name of science Mia agrees to wear Brandon’s collar but there is fine line between observing and participation and her emotions make it hard not to cross the line.

The ethos of the club and the roles played within its inner sanctum are absorbing. Shocking and graphic but like a horror movie you have to read what happens next even if it’s through half closed eyes. The antagonist’s actions demonstrate the evils of drug abuse in a thoughtful believable way.

The McLemore’s enhance the story with cameo appearances and soften its gritty edges with their understanding and support of Brandon and Mia. Selma and Esme the twins are also important characters used cleverly to show Mia’s skill and Brandon’s softer side and illustrate the vulnerability of girls and women.

Collared by the Cowboy combines a deeply emotional love story, the light in a dark world full of abuse and desperation. A must read for all fans of erotica and erotic romance.

Collared by the Cowboy by Susan Arden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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5* Review Girls’ Night Out Susan Arden

I love The Bad Boys series written by Susan Arden.

Girls Night Out -Bad Boys#4 is Cory’s story, the  baby sister of the infamous McLemore brothers .  Like all the novels in this series it is hot and steamy from the outset and definitely an Adults Only read.

Here’s what you can expect.

When Dallas Devils tight end, Brett Gold’s fiancée left him a year ago, he swore off getting involved with spoiled little rich girls. Brett became the ultimate bad boy on and off the field rather than deal with his personal life shot to hell.

Only a fool would tangle with the little sister of the McLemore brothers. So far all men with a lick of sense have left Cory McLemore alone. But now Cory is back from college and ready to party. This cowgirl crafts the perfect getaway to Dallas for a girls’ night out never suspecting the man she bumped into at the airport is about to become the missing link in her quest for a wild adventure. Cory quickly learns Brett is harder to walk away from a second time when she discovers the man beneath the bad boy persona is far different than she ever suspected.

One night with Cory has Brett scrambling. This NFL baller meets up with her family and it’ll take more than fast hands and fancy footwork to score points with the hardcore McLemore men. With seconds left on the clock, Brett isn’t about to let his Texas wildcat get away, not when she feels so damn good in his arms, against his body, and in his bed.

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Girls’ Night Out book 4 in the Bad Boys series is Cory’s love story.

Cory’s protective family curtails her free spirit. She pushes the boundaries but doesn’t fly the nest and Texas until she’s twenty-one and once at UCLA flourishes despite her family’s initial misgivings.

Brett Gold is a Pro-Footballer who’s tired of the glitz and groupies. His glamorous exterior hides a man who fears injury will jeopardize his ability to care for his chronically ill mother and a broken heart since his fiancée married his best friend.

Brett and Cory meet at the airport as they wait to fly home for Thanksgiving he feels an instant connection with the young woman he accidentally collides with and longs to tame her sassy mouth, a fantasy his body is a willing participant in. Although brief they imprint each other and Brett is determined they will meet again.

They do in Dallas at Cory’s soon to be sister-in-law’s impromptu bachelorette party. Brett hones in on Cory as she queues for entry into Dallas’ premier club. He uses his influence to get them VIP entry in return for a slow dance.

Cory must be strong to withstand the emotional upheaval her mother’s illness causes. Maybe that’s why she takes a risk with her reputation and ends up in Brett’s hotel room after an indecently short acquaintance. Brett provides Cory with unexpected support when a family emergency make their tryst public property.

The sizzle and connection between Cory and Brett is electrifying but the fallout may damage more than their reputation. A jealous cousin, intrusive media and Cory’s insecurity and impulsiveness all make this a roller coaster affair.

Cory is strong but youthfully innocent. Brett loves her and is willing to let her make her own decisions as long as keeping him is one of them.
Girls’ Night Out is a red-hot read with deep emotional romance that makes it another memorable story in the Bad Boys series.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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My Writing Process Blog Hop

I was asked to take part in this blog hop by the lovely Shehanne Moore whose blog I am a keen follower of. If you like an entertaining, fun read check it out  

Shehanne Moore – Smexy Historical Romance

Shehanne writes  unique historical romance which is interesting and page turning. Her three books to date are:

                   

You can see how Shehanne answered the questions last week here:

http://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/my-writing-process/

Don’t forget to check out the two other lovely authors Shehanne nominated here:

Anne Lange  http://authorannelange.com 

Elizabeth M. Vayley    www.elyzabethmvaley.com/

So here goes:

What Am I Working On At The Moment?

The second book in The Dragon Legacy series which is Jasmine and Zane’s adventure. I currently have a poll running to help me decide the title for this new story.

Here’s a little about the story  and setting:

 ‘Zane hasn’t seen Jasmine since their passionate encounter in Hallow House’s moonlit garden. After his abrupt departure Zane travels around the supernatural world spreading the news about the infant dragon. In Venice he meets Larna a dragon and sister of his friend Lukas the dragon lord. After a night meeting with paranormal creatures Zane returns to Larna’s palazzo and discovers she is locked in combat with an evil entity which looks alarmingly familiar.

Jasmine ‘s life has lost its sparkle since Zane loved and left her. Moping is not in her nature so she continues to be the life force of Hallow House’s Murder Mystery weekends and clandestine paranormal activities. At night her sleep is filled with images of Zane and their brief passionate encounter. One night the dream changes Zane is in danger and Jasmine must find him.’        

©Jane Hunt 2014

‘I decided on the Italian Lakes and Venice for Jasmine and Zane’s romantic adventure.

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Lake Garda is a beautiful dichotomy of rugged often snowy mountains and clear calm lakes bordered by pretty villages and towns.

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Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.

 Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.
Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.

Bardolino is a town close to Lake Garda famed for its wine which is made from the grapes growing on the surrounding hillsides.’

 

How Does My Work Differ From Others Of The Genre?

The Dragon Legacy CoverThe Dragon Legacy combines fantasy and paranormal romance. My stories take place in  the human world  but there is crossover  with the paranormal dimension. 

One reviewer called The Dragon Legacy a quirky fantasy romance, a label which I like and agree with.  Nothing is what it seems on first acquaintance and every character hides behind a masque to protect their true self.

My stories are urban fantasy meets fairytale with a little apocalyptic drama thrown in.

Why Do I Write What I Do?

 I write about things that interest me. As a new writer I am still experimenting to see what I write best and enjoy the most.

The Dragon Legacy evolved over a period of six months before I knew where the story was going and what the end would be. Although I am a planner and a control freak in most things, when I write  I may plan in my head but I also let my imagination run free.  I think this makes my stories unique and okay a little quirky.

Aside from paranormal/fantasy romance I am also writing a contemporary romantic suspense and a Gothic historical story which I flit between as the mood takes me. 

I love paranormal  and Regency Historical novels maybe my next project might combine the two???

 I find it difficult to restrain my stories to one or two main characters.  I try but in my first drafts secondary characters are always far more prominent than the traditional romance genre allows.

How Does Your Writing Process Work?

Not sure I have one.  I aim to write every day and I do but not always the story I should be writing. I work best under pressure so I like deadlines because they make me finish things. I am easily distracted and there are lots of family members filling up my space to encourage this trait. I am aiming to write four stories a year let’s see how it goes for 2014.

And now to the lovely writers I am inviting to the next stage of the My Writing Process Blog Hop:

Susan Arden

   Susan Arden’s Romance Realms

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 Susan found the proverbial door shut-window open scenario and leapt into the realm of writing scorching romance across several genres including Western, paranormal, and multicultural. A former educator within the fields of special education and biology, she dreams of returning to teaching or mentoring students interested in creative writing. She relishes great lines, laughs, and people who are off the wall. She lives near Nashville with her husband and has college-aged girls along with a slew of animals ranging from furry to scaled.

Jennifer Faye

Jennifer Faye:  Hearts and Scribbles

In another life, Jennifer Faye was a statistician. She still has a love for numbers, formulas and spreadsheets, but when she was presented with the opportunity to follow her lifelong passion to spend her days writing and pursuing her dream of becoming a Harlequin author, she couldn’t pass it up. These days when she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys reading, fine needlework, quilting, tweeting and cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly patient husband, two remarkably talented daughters and their two very spoiled furbabies otherwise known as cats, but shh…don’t tell them they’re not human.

Jennifer loves to hear from readers—you can contact her via her website.

Christy Carlyle

Romancing the Victorians Blog

Christy Carlyle writes sensual, and sometimes downright steamy, historical romance, usually set in the Victorian era or Regency period. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines that are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there is nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with her die-hard belief in happy endings.