Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Review: A Wedding Affair by Isabella Rae

Pages: 201 (estimated)
Publishing Date: April 10, 2014

When Nick McCoy first met Piper, he was lost and nursing a broken heart; so when she offers him a no-strings attached relationship, he is eager to accept. What he first thinks of as good arrangement, turns into something so much bigger. Something that could change his life forever. 

For Piper love doesn't exist. She spends her time running her business and only entering into casual relationships. She never stays with one man long, and so far that has worked for her. When Nick comes along, he shows her something different; he shows her that things can't always be simple. And maybe, just maybe, love does exist after all.


The Book Harlot's Review:

A Wedding Affair (Atlanta Affair, #3)A Wedding Affair by Isabella Rae

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*WARNING!* -- This book may cause your e-reader (or yourself) to overheat, make sure to have a fan on hand. It may also cause you to get frustrated and want to reach through and smack a couple characters, DO NOT DO THIS! Okay, carry on!

Nothing like throwing us right into the inferno Isabella! Someone get me a fan!

Nick McCoy was lost, then found, and lost again. Marrying off your best friend whom you are hopelessly in love with will do that to you. But, being offered a no strings attached relationship sounds too good to be true. It may be just the thing he needs to get a little spring in his step. While it’s supposed to be a short term affair, he may be in it for the long haul.

Nick- “You taste like cake.”

Piper Anais is a gorgeous and creative business owner. Going steady is not her thing and in her world, love doesn’t exist. Past scars run deep and a reckless proposal to Nick may have her running away from the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Piper- “You need to stop or we’re both going to end up naked in this parking lot.”

Isabella sucks us right into this book, a tentative, naive beginning builds up the suspense until we’re catapulted into the thicket that is Nick and Piper’s life. I literally can’t rave enough about this book and it’s characters. This was my first Isabella read, and you better believe I will be getting the rest of the books in this series! The characters themselves add so much intensity into this book, and it doesn’t matter whether they are major or minor supporting characters. Each of them brings a new spin into the story-line. Connor and Sage bring laughter and heartbreak that will make you cry.

Sage- “I think I may have peed a little bit. Damn pregnancy bladder!”

Carter is the gay best-friend every woman should have to keep your life sane….or insane depending on how you look at it. Since I have yet to read the previous books, Victoria and Leland are still enigmas to me. Also, be prepared because, occasionally, you’ll want to smack Nick and Piper upside the head for being so dang stubborn!

Nick- “You’re never too old for round two.”

A Wedding Affair is full of hot sex scenes that will leave you tingling, hot and bothered (hence why I need the fan). But, there is plenty of drama throughout this story, and evil twists, that will have you turning every single page. Isabella filled this book with ups and downs that will keep you guessing.

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- All I can say is wow! #8 and #11 you will never catch me doing ;) 
Deathly afraid of heights and I get motion sickness! 
But the rest are game on!
Isabella is definitely Harlot material!


Isabella Rae has been writing for over 10 years but never published because she was discouraged by the publishing process. Recently a friend of hers released a book through self-publishing and inspired Isabella to release her first book. When Isabella is not writing she is busy being a single mom to 2 beautiful girls, and works as a freelance baker and runs Isabella's Minibook Swag making swag for other authors.
Isabella was born in Peachtree City, Georgia, a suburb south of Atlanta, where she still resides. Her love of reading inspired her to move into writing. She uses personal experiences with baking and life in general to inspire her work. As a unique touch to each of the books in her first series, she has chosen to include personal recipes to give it a personal touch.
Isabella is active on social media sites Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Pinterest.


Twitter: @Isabella_Rae84



Blog Tour: The Burning Star by Jessie Lane

If you love fantasy, the paranormal, romance and twisty-turny stories featuring two young women in the fight of their lives then we have the book for you! Pick up Jessie Lane’s THE BURNING STAR, available now, and we have a special excerpt from the book to whet your appetite! Learn more below and be sure to enter the author’s amazing giveaway while you’re at it!

The Burning Star by Jessie Lane

Re-Release Date: March 23, 2014

Original Publication: May 23, 2012

Links: Website | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Hosted by: Author's Taproom

*This book is a re-release and revision from the original book. Please be aware that some things have been added, deleted or changed.*

Kay’s journey of a lifetime started in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It was there that the 17 year old met a beautiful man along with a monster. The chance encounter led her to an unbelievable world that shouldn’t exist; a place where myths and fairy tales were real, and in some cases, deadly. Kay knew she would have to brave this new world if she hoped to find a cure for her terminal cancer.
With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn’t the only one with problems.
Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.
Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira’s master, Lord Donovan.
As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?

WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.


Excerpt Option 4: (670 word count)

We walked out into the middle of the field on the right side of my house where Ryan stopped and spread out the blanket. I sat down, making sure that I was kind of close to the edge and not in the middle. I didn’t want him to think I was trying to hog the whole thing. Ryan put the basket in front of me and sat down right next to me; our sides were touching he was so close. I felt that weird humming sensation inside that I had felt yesterday in the kitchen, but knew it was probably just my nerves. I glanced up at him shyly and he smiled back confidently.

“I packed a little of everything, I think. I’ve got some grapes and freshly baked bread. I also brought some cheese and some pastries. What would you like to try first?”

“Umm, how about a little of everything?” It sounded so delicious and I was kind of starving, though I didn’t necessarily want him to know that.

“A girl with a healthy appetite. I like that. I’ll make you a plate.” He grabbed a paper plate out of the basket and started loading it with a bunch of stuff. The plate looked like it might rip from the weight of all of the food Ryan was piling on for me. I decided it might be time to say something before he tried to hand me a small buffet.

I gently stopped his hand from grabbing anything else. “I think that’s good. To be honest, I don’t know how much more the poor plate can hold. Besides, how much food do you have in that basket? It seems a little never-ending right now.”

He gave a nervous laugh. “I guess you’re right. How about we share this plate then?” He placed it on the blanket in front of us and picked up a piece of cheese before popping it in his mouth. “Dig in, Kay. The food’s good.”

I grabbed one of the pastries and nibbled at it gingerly. It melted in my mouth like some gourmet masterpiece. It might have actually been better than gourmet.

“Wow. This is amazing. Where did you get these? My mom would love them.”

“I get them from a bakery near my home. I’ll bring some for your mom next time I visit.”

Next time he visits? He’s already planning trips back!

“Thanks. So besides our picnic, what do you want to do today?” I asked him.

“I want to get to know you, so how about a game of questions?”

“A game of questions?” Should I tell him I was hoping for a game more like spin the bottle or seven minutes in heaven? Those were the kinds of games that were on my bucket list before I died.

Ryan chuckled. “Are you always this suspicious, Kay? It’s just what it sounds like—a game of questions. I’ll ask you a question about yourself and then once you answer, you get to ask me a question. The person who answers the most questions gets to ask a favor of the other. What do you think?” He looked at me intently, as if he was daring me to jump off a cliff or something. I was sure he was up to something, but I just didn’t know what. Maybe I was being paranoid. Maybe paranoia was another side effect of my medication.

Hallucinations and Paranoia.

I might want to read those side effects again.

“What are you afraid of, Kay? Afraid you might find something out that makes you fall for me?”

I scoffed at his comment. “Fall for you? You’re a little full of yourself, aren’t you, Ryan? Actually, I was thinking I might find out something that would make me scream and run for the hills.” Ryan’s face flashed a brief emotion of something I couldn’t read. Something that made me wonder if he was hiding something.

But we all have our secrets, don’t we? I certainly have mine.

Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase.

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

Blog Tour Giveaway: (USA Only Giveaway due to shipping!)

  1. 1 Signed Paperback of The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
  2. 17 Signed Paperbacks:
  • Shelly Crane: Significance, Accordance, Defiance, Reverence, Independence
  • Helen Boswell: Mythology, Mythology Wicked
  • Quinn Loftis: Elfin, Prince of Wolves
  • Heather Hildenbrand: Dirty Blood, Cold Blood
  • Alivia Anders: Illumine
  • Carrie Butler: Strength, Courage
  • Alyssa Rose Ivy: Flight
  • Erica Stevens: Kindred, Ashes

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Tour Schedule:
April 1:
Rather barefoot than bookless - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 2:

April 3:
Reading Between the Wines - Author Interview

April 4:
Turn the Page – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 6:
I Read Indie - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 7:
Reading in Pajamas – Character Interview
Renee Entress's Blog - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 8:
Little Read Riding Hood – Author Guest Post

April 9:
Belle's Book Bag – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 10: 
Fictional Candy – Playlist

April 11: 
The Romanceaholic – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 12:
Rustys Reading – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 13:
Paulette's Papers - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 14:
Wicked Readings by Tawania – Spotlight w/Excerpt
We Stole Your Book Boyfriend - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 15:
RhiReading – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 16: 

April 17:
The Book Harlots– Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 18:
Kats Read – Author Guest Post
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers - Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 19:
Romancebookworm's Reviews – Spotlight w/Excerpt

April 20:

April 21:
A Novel Review - Dreamcast

April 22:
random jendsmit – Spotlight w/Excerpt
Twinsie Talk Book Reviews - Spotlight w/Excerpt

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Chasing Paradise (Chasing #3) by Pamela Ann

Chasing Paradise (Chasing, #3)Chasing Paradise by Pamela Ann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you haven’t read the first two book in the Chasing Series (Chasing Beautiful and Chasing Imperfection) I highly suggest you do before reading Paradise or continuing this review.

Sienna and Blake’s relationship has been filled with heartache, pain and happiness. You can’t be happy without a little heartache along the way. But where is the dividing line? And when should they say enough is enough?

Sienna is finally getting back on track, moving forward with Blake. They still have issues to work through when another hurdle surfaces, leaving Sienna broken. Will Blake be able to find the culprit? Or will they get to Sienna first?

Blake is finished with playing games. Sienna is his, whether she admits it or not. There may be temptations at every turn; but, he only has eyes for Sienna. He can’t help but wonder if she’ll always be his? Those doubts will surface and drive him to a darker side of himself. Sienna is his life and he would willing give his life for her.

Pamela is a fantastic author. She brings her characters to life with every word. Paradise is hot as hell, suspenseful, erotic and humourous. There are many twists and turns that will have you riveted. Chasing Paradise is by far my favorite in the entire series. I can’t wait to read more!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss

Throttle Me by Chelle Bliss Blog Tour Stop

Men of Inked Series Book #1

Suzy’s a control freak and has her life mapped out - work hard, find a man with a stable job, and live happily ever after. She’s content with the status quo, but her plan comes to a screeching halt when he enters her life and turns it upside down.

City gave up on love when his heart was crushed in college, preferring to be the typical bachelor. He spends his nights hopping from one bed to another and his days working at his family tattoo shop, Inked. A chance encounter on a dark road makes him question what he had sworn off forever – a relationship.

A night of passion and lust causes them to question everything. Is City the knight in shining armor to the damsel in distress? Can their relationship survive when a fantasy falls apart and a secret comes out that changes everything?

“Do you swear?” I asked as she set the glass back on the bar.
“What?” She gaped at me.
“Do you swear? Simple question. You’ve said ‘heck’ and ‘friggin’’ so far, but nothing dirty.”
“Oh, um, yeah, I swear.” Her cheeks turned pink and a small smile spread across her face. “I’m just used to watching my words with the kids around all day.”
“Prove it,” I said as I stared in her blue sapphire eyes.
“What? Why?”
“Cause I need to know if it’s in you. Are you all good girl or is there more under there dying to come out?” I hid the smile and laughter that was so close to breaking free from my lips. The pink of her cheeks spread across her face. I know I embarrassed her, but fuck, I needed to know if I stood a chance.
“Yes, I swear. What do you think I am? I’m not a child, City.” She glared at me as she raised the drink to her lips and wrapped them around the rim. Fuck I wanted those lips wrapped around my shaft, taking me deep and sucking me off.
“Never said you were, babe. Do you drink besides tonight?” I asked, now smiling because I knew she was upset. I liked the fire I saw in her eyes when I pointed out her good girl qualities – she obviously didn’t like being labeled.
“Sometimes. I’m just responsible. I don’t drink and drive. My dad used to be a cop and it was drilled into my head at an early age.” The words she spoke hit me like a ton of bricks. Drunk driving was the one thing in the world that caused my blood to boil.
Good girl teacher with a cop father? Just my luck. “Nothin’ wrong with that. Virgin daiquiris aren’t always your thing, then?”
“Why? Do I have to be a drinker? I mean does it make me less of an adult?”
“No, Suzy. Just trying to get a feel for who you are – what you are.”

The Book Harlot's Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chelle Bliss is one author I’ll never get enough of. She weaves a web with each book she writes, and keeps me hooked from start to finish.

Suzy McCarthy is a school teacher, a fairly….bland woman at that. But, she has a wild side just waiting to break free. When her car breaks downs on a desolate road a tall, dark, and handsome stranger on a Harley may just be the one thing she needs to break out.

City is the owner of a tattoo shop, but not your typical bad boy that’s for sure. He can’t resist the gorgeous damsel in distress on the side of the road. Now, he’s in distress and wants her in the worst of ways. But, is she a little...too good for him?

Throttle Me is hot as hell, Chelle definitely delivered the good on this one. It will leave you hot and bothered, wanting more. From start to finish you will be completely Throttled.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Damned If You Don't by Linda Parisi

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Kent’s on the hunt for white collar criminals, and as a private
investigator he always gets his man. Except in this case it’s a woman, the
brilliant cellular kineticist Dr. Morgan Mackenzie, whose next thrilling
discovery is—him.

On the run from her employers with the formula for a priceless but deadly diet drug, Morgan
agrees to a night of pleasure with the outrageously sexy stranger. But when she
leaves the next morning, Jack won’t let her get far, and that’s when she
realizes the horrible truth. Her cowboy on a white horse isn’t a hero after
all. He’s part of the posse.

Yet when Jack goes to turn Morgan in, he learns who the real criminals are, and suddenly, 
it’s a race against time to find a murderer before they’re killed themselves. To do
that Jack needs to convince Morgan he’s on her side. Even though she doesn’t
trust him, Jack is a drug she can’t resist, leading her to find out that more
often than not you're Damned If You Don't fall in love. 


Morgan stopped in the middle of the staircase.  Don’t turn.  Don’t turn.

The picture of dimples and a smile to die for simply wouldn’t let her go.
Were they worth her principles?  Hadn’t she put him into enough danger as
it was already?  Her stomach knotted with the truth.  She wanted
him.  She wanted everything he was offering.   She had no right
to take it.   Because if one hint of her problems touched him, he
could end up an accessory.
Her hand gripped the railing.  One enchanted evening.  He doesn’t
even know your real name.

One fairy tale night.  Even if they track you back to him, he could say
he’d been duped.

Think.  Think.  Make sure.  Her grip tightened, knuckles
turning white with the strain.  Trembling fingers of her other hand rubbed
at her temple.  There are always consequences and this is his life, not
only yours.
Eventually, the people who were after her would pick up her trail.  The
proprietor would remember her and probably be able to identify Morgan even
though she’d changed her appearance.  No one would ever know she and Jack
had any other contact than being guests at her establishment at the same
time.  And if they did, he could simply tell the truth—she’d lied to him.
The front door opened.  Morgan ran up the rest of the steps, slipping into
her room as quietly as possible. With her cheek pressed against the door, she
could hear Jack climb the steps, his tread slow, deliberate, and she hoped
disappointed. A picture came to her, his face full of indecision as he raised
his hand to knock on her door.
Her heart broke as she imagined that same hand falling to his side.

The floor creaked in the hallway.  He’d turned.  Headed towards his
room.  Without thought, Morgan cracked open her door.  Her jaw
dropped as he stepped into the room next to hers.

Fate or design?
She didn’t care.  Her gaze shot to the right and spied an adjoining
door.  Fate or design?  It didn’t matter. Not when the
possibility loomed so large it blinded her with its promise.

Promethium tantalum.
Her heart began to pound.  She couldn’t catch her breath.  Her throat
turned dry as dust as another reality slammed into her psyche.  God, it
had been so long.  All sane thought flew from her mind.  Except
one.  Mouthwash.  And a dab of cologne.
Don’t question.  Don’t look in the mirror.
Not even lipstick?


Hesitant steps brought her to the adjoining door.  As quietly as possible,
Morgan unlocked and opened her side.  She stared at the wood from his
side.  Now for the moment of truth.

She pushed.  The door swung open.

The Book Harlot's Review: 

Damned If You Don'tDamned If You Don't by Linda J. Parisi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to Linda and the PR company for providing me a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review.

Damned if you Don’t is the first book by Linda that I’ve had a chance to read. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has enough suspense that it will keep you waiting for the character’s next moves and hot enough to burn down a dang forest.

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Kent is a Private Investigator hell bent on getting the criminals he is paid to track down and bring in, no he is not a bounty hunter, he’s a tracer. He’s an ex-Ranger and the best in his field. His latest job is tracking down a so called “thief”. But, this job may cost him more than it is worth.

Dr. Morgan Mackenzie is a cellular kineticist and running from her employer. In her possession is a formula she created that is priceless, but also has deadly consequences. She needs to unwind and agrees to one night of passion with a sinfully delicious stranger. That one night of passion leads her in a whirlwind of survival. But soon everything she thought was real, begins to falter and fall apart.

When everything breaks apart and hearts are shattered. Sometimes life has unusual ways of mending pieces back together, testing limits and sometimes….you are Damned if you Don’t go for it.

As soon as I got an email about this book, I began reading the synopsis of it and completely fell in love with it. I could not wait to start it, let me say this as an overall whole, the book was fantastic. It has an amazingly suspenseful plot line that will have you guessing, as well as characters with enough chemistry that will make your panties melt. But, I can’t always love a book completely.

This is why rather than rating it a 5-star like I had planned, I dropped it to a four.

In the very beginning of the book I felt as if something were missing. I actually emailed the PR company to double check to make sure it was the first book rather than a sequel, just for the fact that it….left me dangling looking for something to grip on to. The part in question is where the two main characters first meet. I found this paramount to the entire story, and starting off the way it did really threw me for a loop. The author drops readers right into the thick of things, which I don’t mind at all. But, I want the full story. It’s basically a whole day/night that is missing, I thought perhaps she may reference back to it later in the book, which she does occasionally but does not give us any full detail. It’s for that reason alone, and because I found the story needed that scene, that I rated it four stars. If you ignore the way it began, the rest of the book is phenomenal. I love that the author, having a scientific background herself, brought that aspect of her life into the story through her heroine. I actually found myself looking up a few things because I had no clue what the hell it was. I love when I have to do that, not very often do I have the joy of being stumped by an author.

Other than the setback in the beginning, Damned if you Don’t is still a great Romantic Suspense. It has character chemistry that will leave you needy, action that is so descriptive it will play out right in front of you and don’t even get me going on the sex scenes *fans self*. If you are a fan of any, or all of these, plus some man candy, I would give "Damned if you Don’t" a try.

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Let multi-published author Linda J. Parisi take
you through the darker, spicier side of Romance with her Paranormal, Paranormal
Romantic Suspense, and Romantic Suspense tales. Winner of the New Jersey
Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book for her novel, Noble
, and winner of the 4th Annual Stroke of Midnight Contest for her
novel, The Joining: Bound by Blood, Linda is a long-time member of the
RWA and the current secretary of Liberty States Fiction Writers. Linda has seen
the publishing industry turn upside down yet stay the same because everyone
loves a well-written Romance. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, John,
and a family which includes Audi, a Cocker Spaniel mix who had her at woof!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Wanting Reed by Antoinette Candela

“Love is giving someone the power to destroy you, but trusting them not to.”

How do you live with yourself when you are the reason you lost the one thing that meant the most to you.

Timing is everything and for Reed, he can never seem to catch a break. When Reed returns to Boston to redeem himself he finds that Elle has already moved on, building a new life, a new beginning. He needs her to know that he meant every word before he left, that he never meant to leave her. Will he ever get that chance to tell her?

How do you love again when the one person who made you feel like you were his whole world left you with a broken heart? Hoping that life and new friends could keep her memories and feelings for Reed at bay, Elle chases life and all that it has to offer until she is confronted with heartbreak again.

Is time and space enough to get past losing your once in a lifetime or will Elle be always Wanting Reed?

The Book Harlot's Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wanting Reed is a great follow up to Breaking Elle, and if you haven’t read that one yet, I suggest you get on that before continuing this review, or beginning Wanting Reed.

This sequel picks up right where Breaking Elle ended, I loved that. Reed was left with trouble on his doorstep. Having to leave to tie up some loose ends cost him dearly. While Reed was away, Elle had no clue what was going on and so, she moved on. Reed manages to get way more than her bargained for and getting his life together, becomes that much harder. But, his family sticks by him and we see just how much his family means to him. We’re offered a completely new side of him, one that will make you love him even more.

Elle’s relationship with Tyler really heats up in this book. Even though the readers, and him, know she’s still completely in love with Reed. Tyler being the best friend, knows how to push her buttons, and which ones to push to get precisely the reaction he hopes for. This would be the reason I really, really wanted to punch him in the face. With Elle’s confusion over what she wants and trying to make a decision, I may (or may not have) felt a slight stirring of empathy for the poor guy. Would Tyler be the better choice in my opinion? Quite possibly, they’ve been best friends forever and his loyalty is astounding. But, I know Reed is where she truly wants to be. She just needs to stop thinking for a moment, and just feel! Their relationship has me fanning myself on more than one occasion, it’s hot, explosive, passionate. Of course they have problems! If they didn’t have problems….I would have problems with that!

But, when things finally start looking up, somewhat in Reed’s favor, it goes from bad to worse. Now he has to convince Elle, that she is his one and only. But, a broken heart doesn’t always mend that easily. Will Elle grant Reed another chance or will she decide to stop taking risks, and have her safety net?

I loved this sequel, while I found it wordy in some areas it was a delicious read! There were quite a few supporting characters, new and old, that I really hope the author will decide to do a spin off about or something! They were perfectly written that without them, Wanting Reed would not have been the success it was. If you liked Breaking Elle, I highly suggest you read Wanting Reed. You don’t want to miss out on this one.

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"Best view ever.” I spin around in the direction of his smooth voice and immediately soak him in. He’s leaning against the doorjamb with one leg crossed over the other and holding his arms behind his back, looking as impeccable as ever. His shaggy brown hair is just the right length, resting at the nape of his neck, just enough for me to pull.  He's wearing a pair of deep blue warm-up pants that hang loosely on his narrow hips and a matching blue jacket unzipped at the neck with a tight, white T-shirt peeking underneath.  Reed has become more toned and defined with all the training he's been doing for NFL tryouts. I am definitely reaping the benefits of that right now. A smirk crosses his face as his piercing blue eyes scan every inch of my scantily clad body.  I know all too well what's on his mind.  His sensual eyes remain on me as he strolls toward me and pulls out a box from behind his back.
“For you." He winks, kissing me hungrily on the lips. He smells freshly showered and spicy and tastes like minty like his toothpaste.

I squint my eyes at him, taking the plain white box with a big red bow and ribbon from his hands.  After agreeing for him to pick out my Halloween costume, he's been like a little boy at a candy store.  I catch the smirk on his lips and the glimmer in his eye when I hold it in front of me.  

"What’s wrong?" He asks with a laugh.

"I'm just worried about what’s in this box."

“Don't be. Trust me.  You’ll love it as much as I do."

“Well, isn’t that reassuring?" I grin, poking him in his chest.

“No need to worry. You're going to look delicious."  The corners of his mouth turn up wickedly. "You're with me and only me."

"Oh, aren't we being a little possessive?"

“Maybe a little.” He looks down at me and plays with strands of my hair. "Speaking of a little, I need a lot. Right now,” he says, grabbing me by the waist. “Trick or Treat?” He winks.

“That all depends on what's in this mysterious white box,” I reply with a quirked eyebrow as I set the box down on the dresser. Closing the space between us, he groans in satisfaction when I rub my body against his.

“Don't worry about what's in there.  I need something sweet,” he growls, running his lips down my neck as he gently backs me up toward the bed.
"First, I get to choose what you’re going to be for Halloween." I give him a beguiling smile as I eye him up and down, imagining him in a snug-fitting gray and blue uniform. "Cop."
"Cop?" he replies, raising an eyebrow.
"Yeah, I’ve always had a thing for men in uniform,” I whimper, placing my palms flat on his chest and sliding them down to the waist of his pants. "I have this fantasy of you frisking me and cuffing me to the bed."
“Oh fuck I'm loving this fantasy of yours," he moans. Grabbing my ass, he tightly presses me against his heat. "I can definitely make that come true for you.”
"What the charge, Officer Reed?"
"Concealed weapon and indecent exposure,” he growls into my ear as he lifts me and throws me onto the bed.  I glance at the clock and up at him as he slips off his clothes and crawls over me.  "Or should I say decent exposure?" he rasps as he deftly unclasps my bra, palming one breast while he puts his soft lips on the other.  
“Oh... baby. Do you think we have enough time?” I gasp, trying to finish my thought, but it’s futile.
"Don't worry about Tommy and Juju. They’re adults.  I’m not rushing anything right now. I want to practice, get into character. I'm going to be one bad cop, baby," he says with a grin playing across his lips.
"Are you going to book me?" I murmur innocently as his tongue skims over my lips.  
"I want to fuck you instead.  Is that all right with you?" He grins as he spreads my legs with his body, cradling himself between my thighs.
Staring into his eyes makes me want to fulfill his every desire. I will not deny him.
"Yes.” I pant. “Yes.”  My hands instinctively fist in his hair and I pull.  
"I think they call that assaulting a police officer. He says in a gravelly voice. "You can do some hard time for that."
"Hard, huh?"  I bite his lower lip, grinding my hips against his erection. "Throw the book at me, officer."
"I am doll,” he says through a smile, as he lowers his mouth around my aching nipples. He sucks and bites on one and then the other. I close my eyes, devoured by a sea of pleasure that only he can give me. "You like how that feels?”
“Yes, baby." My gasp. "Please... Reed…if you don't put your cock inside me right now, I'm going to die."
“I need to taste you first."
The mere sound of his words make me heady and causes my body to go into a frenzy. Oh, god. His declaration unleashes a torrent of need in me. My body can't wait any longer.  My next words come out in a breathy whisper.
"Whatever you want. My body is your temple."
"Good."  He smiles salaciously, trailing his hand down the length of my body. "I fucking want you so damn bad."
He blazes kisses down my body and then his wet, hot mouth devours my clit.  He circles his tongue around my folds while his fingers move in and out of me. "Fuck, you're so wet." he moans in ecstasy.  I place my hands on his head, guiding his mouth over me.  His indulgence  pushes me to the edge.  Lifting his mouth off me, he plunges his fingers deep inside me and rubs my nub with his thumb while he kisses my stomach. He moves back down, replacing his fingers with his mouth.  I can barely speak as his tongue fiercely laps over my clit again and again, increasing the friction with every stroke. There is no other feeling like it, and I scream in elation. I feel the vibration of his mouth as he groans against me while I come.  After a few minutes, he kisses his way back up to my mouth as I fist his hair in my hands and tug.
"Baby, please, I want you inside me. I want more."
He smiles and continues kissing me and ignoring my pleas. His hard cock rubs against my stomach, clearly exhibiting how much he needs me.  I need him. I lower my hand and start to stroke him, but he pulls my hands away and holds them above my head. There is nothing I can do as his cock twitches against me. I love feeling completely vulnerable with Reed.
"Believe me, baby, I'm going to give you all of me," he moans, sliding his cock across my sensitive skin.  My heart beats feverishly in my chest when I feel him enter me. My hips impulsively rock back and forth against the heat of him.  He moves up and down, allowing me to feel every inch of him thrusting deeper inside me.  
He takes one of his hands and moves my head to the side, deftly pulling my hair to kiss me and sighing into my mouth. "You feel so fucking good." His voice is filled with lust as he keeps his precise, focused rhythm, plunging inside me as I tighten around him. I mewl when he pounds deeper and harder into me, digging my nails into his shoulders as I rock my hips against him forcefully. "Does it feel good, doll?  I want to hear you say it, baby. Tell me,” he whispers into my ear. “Tell me you want me to make you come again."
"Make me come," I moan. “Please, Reed."  Every muscle in my body instantly tightens as I stare into his eyes.  My heart is pounding, and I fist his hair in my hands as he works me so good.  Pressing my legs against him as hard as I can, the orgasm rips through my body recklessly, consuming every bit of me like only he could allow.  He pants hard and continues to thrust and pound until moments later I feel him release his warmth inside me.  A groan escapes his mouth as he presses his powerful body on top of mine. He finds my lips and gently collapses next to me where we lie quietly for a couple of minutes; the only sound is our labored breathing.
"Can we try something new next time?" I finally break the silence, pushing the hair away from his eyes and pulling him closer to me so that I can reach up and kiss him again.
“Sure," he replies, kissing my shoulder.  “Whatever you want."  I close my eyes as he caresses me in all the right places.  I never realized how much my body yearns and craves his touch until tonight.
“Cuffs," I say, opening my eyes.  The guarded, dark look in his eyes sends a shiver through me. It thrills and frightens me at the same time.  I want it that way. The pleasure and pain.  
“Oh...shit. I like the sound of that,” he growls. "I'm going to use you, worship you and love you. Please, let me make you mine,” he whispers into my ear. “You trust me, baby?"
"I trust you." For some reason with everything we've been through, trusting him comes so naturally.


Antoinette Candela was born and raised in Upstate New York and is an avid New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. She moved to Boston in her twenties and attended Northeastern University to study Business Management. As a child, she enjoyed reading and writing and penned her first story at the age of thirteen. She has always had a vivid imagination and finally decided to put her thoughts and musings down on paper.
Breaking Elle and Wanting Reed are her first self-published works with many more to come.
A few other interesting facts about Antoinette include: she is of Italian decent, has three brothers, was a tomboy growing up, plays the clarinet and dabbles with the piano. When she's not planted in front of her computer writing, she can be found at the gym, running her kids around Boston, or at the beach soaking up the rays and enjoying a good book.