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So very happy to be back with Charlie’s shifters

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I hadn’t realised how much I missed being in Charlie Adhara’s world until I heard she was writing a spin-off from her Big Bad Wolf series.

Eli Smith is the star of this series, the cocky but incredibly vulnerable shifter who’s also Oliver’s ex, who we last saw helping him and Coop in Cry Wolf.

He’s ‘happily’ managing the retreat for runaway rebel wolves that Coop and Park have set up on the old Neilson lands from one of their earlier cases – even though he has no visitors yet – when he crosses paths with faded Hollywood star Julien Doran.

Both men have secrets to hide, but there’s also a kindred connection which sparks between them as they get embroiled in the mystery surrounding Blue Tail Resort tucked away in a quiet corner of the Appalachian Mountains.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this plot without giving it away, so I’ll just say that these two have as rocky a start as Coop and Park did but with all the added complications of Julien knowing nothing about wolves.

The pacing is superb, starting off with a hint of mystery and a creepy feeling that something isn’t right, before it picks up and heads off into heart pounding adrenaline-packed action.

It’s also got the same subversive humour, as Eli’s smart mouth gets him both in and out of trouble when things start kicking off.

Now, unlike the majority of the other books in this universe, I did actually guess who was the baddie but I didn’t have a clue for the ‘why’ and I suspect that will be part of the series long ARC.

This isn’t out until September but I’m already having withdrawal symptoms and desperately needing to know when book two will arrive!

#ARC kindly received from Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: His Lordship’s Return by Samantha SoRelle

His Lordship’s Return | Samantha SoRelle

His Lordship’s Mysteries #3

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Release Date: August 23rd, 2022

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For Dominick and Alfie, it feels like they’ve only just settled into life at Balcarres House when an urgent letter from an old friend has them racing back to London. However, they’re not returning to Alfie’s swirling ton of money and nobility, but to the dark underside of the city that Dominick knows all too well.

In a desperate race against time, they’ll have to walk streets that Alfie barely remembers and Dominick hoped to forget. Their return brings up terrors better left in the past and for one of them, the strain may be too much to bear.

Under the shadow of the workhouse, they’ll have to act quickly to stop a killer or the lives lost may be their own.

His Lordship’s Return is the third novel in the His Lordship’s Mysteries series.

Book One: His Lordship’s Secret

Book Two: His Lordship’s Master

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At first, Alfie didn’t know what had awoken him. It might have been the chill in Dominick’s room as the last embers burned low in the grate. Or it might have been the lightening of the sky outside the curtains, the sun rising over the distant Scottish coast in a mottled grey that might promise a day of fog, rain, brilliantly clear skies, or a bit of each in turn. Or it might have been the wound in his leg, long since scarred over, but still twinging with pain when he least suspected it.

Most likely, however, it was the mouth around his cock.

“M’Nick?” he murmured groggily, trying to see anything in the pre-dawn light.

He received an affirmative hum in answer that sent shivers running through him. He threw his head back against the pillows as Dominick’s tongue laved against the underside of his cock, tracing the vein there.

Alfie wasn’t even fully hard yet, barely awake and unaware which way was up or down. He gripped the sheets, digging into the mattress as the rich fabric twisted between his fingers.

“Ah, ah, a moment! Give me a moment!” he gasped.

Dominick exhaled heavily through his nose in either a laugh or a sigh. The hot gust of breath against Alfie’s groin had the opposite of a calming effect. Dominick pulled back tortuously slowly, keeping up a light suction all the while, until Alfie nearly ordered him to get back to it just to stop the maddening contradiction of sensations.

Before he could gather the words to say anything, Dominick released him with a wet pop. Alfie breathed a sigh of relief, only to gasp again when he felt the press of lips against his leg, a series of kisses dappled across the sensitive skin one by one. Then that sinful tongue began to trace shapes against his inner thigh. D…o…m…

Finally untangling his hands from the sheets, Alfie lifted the covers. Dominick looked up at him like an animal exposed in its den. Blinking, he pressed a kiss to Alfie’s leg, dotting the “i”.

“Good morning,” Dominick said, his voice deliciously rough. “Did you sleep well?”

“I did until someone rudely awoke me.”

“Rude, was it? Bold words from a man completely at my mercy.”

Alfie didn’t even try to pretend those words didn’t flare something deep inside of him. Still, it wasn’t good to let Dominick have his way too easily. He was cocky enough already, no reason to add fuel to the fire.

“At your mercy, am I?” Alfie countered, letting the covers fall around Dominick’s shoulders. It took most of his composure to affect a sceptical air as he reclined back decadently. “From my vantage point, things look rather different.”

“Oh, really?” Dominick flexed his fingers. It was only then that Alfie realised Dominick’s arms were wound under and around him, his fingers digging into the tops of Alfie’s buttocks. Coiled around him like that, Dominick had him firmly ensnared and they both knew it. Still, Alfie couldn’t help but notice that he was being careful not to rest any of his weight on Alfie’s injured leg.

“Really. To me it looks like you’re exactly where you belong.” The realisation gave more fondness to Alfie’s tone than he intended. He waved a hand loftily. “Now that I’m awake enough to enjoy it, feel free to return to sucking me off at your leisure.”

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Samantha SoRelle grew up all over the world and finally settled in Southern California when she soaked up too much sunshine and got too lazy to move. 

When she’s not writing, she’s doing everything possible to keep from writing. This has led to some unusual pastimes including but not limited to: perfecting fake blood recipes, designing her own cross-stitch patterns, and  wrapping presents for tigers . 

She also enjoys collecting paintings of tall ships and has lost count of the number of succulents she owns. 

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Blog Tour: Killer Honeymoon by Aimee Nicole Walker

Killer Honeymoon |Aimee Nicole Walker

Sawyer and Royce: Matrimony and Mayhem #3

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Release Date: July 1st, 2022

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Honeymoon, happily ever after, and…homicide?

Newlyweds, Royce Locke and Sawyer Key, embark on a honeymoon road trip where their biggest threat should be dodging drunk tourists on golf carts. But their arrival on South Bass Island lands them in the middle of a contentious battle between lifelong islanders and a property developer who won’t accept no for an answer. Tempers soar as the barometric pressure drops, signaling a dangerous storm brewing on the horizon and across the street. Minding their own business becomes impossible when a homicide wrecks their vacation and puts Royce and Sawyer in the path of a twisted killer.

Will their honeymoon be two tickets to paradise or a one-way trip to the morgue?

Killer Honeymoon is book three in the Matrimony and Mayhem trilogy, the second story arc for Royce Locke and Sawyer Key. ** New readers should start with the Zero Hour trilogy before reading Matrimony and Mayhem. **

Killer Honeymoon is a continuation of Royce and Sawyer’s happily ever after as they move into the next phase of their lives—professionally and personally.

Though some storylines span the trilogy, this book does not end in a cliffhanger. Heat, humor, heart, and homicide abound. You have been warned. 18+.

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“She reached into her purse and pulled out two envelopes. One was addressed to Sawyer and the other to Lucky Bastard. She gripped them tightly in her hands instead of offering them to Sawyer and Royce.

“I’d recognize that handwriting anywhere,” Sawyer said, a gentle smile curving his lips. “When did Vic write these?”

Imelda swallowed hard, and the brimming tears spilled down her cheeks. Royce pulled her in for a tight hug and whispered that she’d done the right thing. Imelda nodded against his chest and allowed Royce to comfort her for a few moments before she eased back.

“Soon after his diagnosis,” she told Sawyer. “Vic accepted his fate much sooner than we did. He’d devoted all his extra energy to ensuring his parents and husband would be okay.”

“Selfless,” Royce said.

Imelda nodded. “Maddeningly so at times.” She took a shaky breath and extended the envelopes to Royce and Sawyer, who accepted them immediately. “Promise kept,” she whispered toward the heavens before meeting their gazes. Imelda’s smile came easier, and her spirit seemed lighter as if an enormous weight had been lifted from her thin shoulders. “There’s no pressure from me to read the letters now or ever, okay?”

Royce and Sawyer nodded.

“I’ll see you both tomorrow.” Imelda kissed both their cheeks before leaving.”

They stared at the letters in their hands for a few moments before locking eyes.

Sawyer swallowed hard and said, “Should we read them now?”

Royce shook his head. “We’ll be late.” He held out his empty hand to Sawyer. “Trust me?”

Sawyer placed his letter on Royce’s open palm. “Always.”

Royce carefully folded the envelopes and put them into his pocket for safekeeping. Then he pressed his lips to Sawyer’s for a brief kiss. “I know the perfect spot and time. We’ll read Vic’s letters together.”

Sawyer smiled. “Like we do everything.”

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Everything old is new again in love and murder.

Work together, live together, and play together is the name of the game for Royce Locke and Sawyer Key. But one of those things changes when Chief Mendoza taps Sawyer to lead the newly formed cold case unit. His first task: solve the Magnolia Murders that spanned three decades and suddenly stopped in 2000.

Chaos ensues when a fourth Magnolia Queen contender is murdered during a preliminary round. With the pageant’s one hundredth anniversary looming, the pressure is on to produce results. Royce and Sawyer, along with their new partners, have to team up to solve the Magnolia Murders—old and new.

As the investigation continues, a surprise visitor and an unexpected phone call force the men to face painful things from their pasts. The future Royce and Sawyer dream of is within their grasp, but first, they’ll need to uproot the seeds of discontent they’ve buried deep.

The Magnolia Murders is the first book in the Matrimony and Mayhem trilogy, the second story arc for Royce Locke and Sawyer Key. ** New readers should start with the Zero Hour trilogy before reading Matrimony and Mayhem. **

The Magnolia Murders is a continuation of Royce and Sawyer’s happily ever after as they move into the next phase of their lives—professionally and personally. Though some storylines span the trilogy, this book does not end in a cliffhanger. Heat, humor, heart, and homicide abound. You have been warned. 18+

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Ever since she was a little girl, Aimee Nicole Walker entertained herself with stories that popped into her head. Now she gets paid to tell those stories to other people.

She wears many titles—wife, mom, and animal lover are just a few of them. Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day.

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To celebrate the final book in the Sawyer & Royce Trilogy, Aimee is giving away an e-set of the now complete Sawyer & Royce: Matrimony And Mayhem Series AND a $15 Amazon Gift Voucher

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