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RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW: On The Way To You by Kandi Steiner


On the Way to You, an all-new emotional standalone from Kandi Steiner is LIVE!

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On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: November 16th, 2017

What makes you happy?

That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.

And then, I got in his car.

It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers.

One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.

Discovering his journal changed everything.

I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.

I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.

Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.


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Honestly, this book should be 10 Stars. It’s THAT GOOD.

This is the third book of Kandi’s that I’ve read, and each one tops the last. If there is one word I could use to describe her story-telling, it’s RIVETING. 

She brings us these characters; flawed, imperfect, insecure, WONDERFUL characters that could be any one of us. You don’t just read about them, you are in the story with them. You are on their journey with every word, every turn of the page. 

Cooper and Emery are probably the two least likely people to not only take a cross-country road trip together, but to become friends. Cooper has had a difficult life growing up in Mobile. She’s been working her job for four years, saving every penny to escape and start at her dream school in Seattle. Little does she know, one fateful October day, Emery Reed walks into her diner and changes her whole life. 

These two aren’t just on a journey across the country. They are on a journey of discovery. Of themselves, of each other. One is searching for peace, the other is searching for a life outside of the only one she’s ever known. 

Kandi deals with a sensitive subject when it comes to Emery. And while I don’t have personal experience with it, I feel like she did such an amazing job writing him and everything he’s going through. 

On The Way To You is one of the most moving books I’ve read in a very long time. I’m not likely to forget Cooper or Emery, or how their story made me feel. I laughed, I cried, and I loved every single word.  Thank you Kandi, for being one of the authors that I can count on to make me really feel while reading.  


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About the Author:

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.


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Bodyguard, the highly anticipated new standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is LIVE!

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Bodyguard by CD Reiss

Release Date: November 14th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.

As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.

Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.

Carter’s the best in the business, and Emily is—professionally speaking—off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she’s making all the right moves. What’s happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily’s past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For these two, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.


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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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RELEASE, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Mr. Blackwell’s Bride by Sienna Blake

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This marriage was supposed to be another business deal. My latest investment, a means to an end… I need an heir. Which means I want her belly swollen with my child before the year is out.

She was supposed to be my perfect little bride. Quiet. Uncomplicated. Unemotional.

I didn’t foresee the stunning firecracker who tumbled into my life and woke things in me I thought were long dead. I didn’t count on her turning my world upside down.

And I definitely didn’t plan on falling for this beauty.

This marriage was supposed to be my sacrifice. A way to save my father, a means to an end… I need to remain childless. So I can exit the contract at the end of the year.

He was supposed to be a boring old man. Distant. Uncomplicated. Passionless.

I didn’t foresee the rude, arrogant and beautiful brute who made my body react like fire and smoke. I didn’t count on there being more underneath his gruff exterior.

And I’m definitely not supposed to fall in love with the beast.

This is a NEW story using old characters from the unpublished novel, Girl Wife Prisoner. This version has no Keir, no cheating and a Happily Ever After. Although this book is part of a series, it is a standalone novel.




This is the second book in Sienna’s Good Wife series, but it is a complete standalone.

Drake is facing health issues, and has a strict order from his doctor to slow down and spend time with loved ones. So he decides to get married. But it’s a business deal, like any other. 

Noriko is trying to find a way to save her ailing father, and her family. As the oldest of three girls in a very traditional Japanese family, its up to her.  When she decides to accept an offer of one year of marriage, her hope is that her father survives. One year, no attachments. 

Drake and Noriko have such a tumultuous start to their relationship.  Sienna throws lots of little curves to keep you on your toes. You never quite know what direction she’s taking these two.  Drake is over bearing, controlling, and somewhat closed off. He has demons that he’d rather bury than deal with, but Noriko challenges him, and you can’t help but cheer her on in doing so. 

I love what these two bring out in each other. I love watching their growth, not only personally, but together.  This is a modern day fairy tale that will leave you with a smile on your face. Another great book by Sienna. I can’t wait to see who she brings us next!



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Sienna Blake is a storyteller & ink slinger, word spinner of love stories with grit, and alter ego of a USA Today Bestselling Author.

She loves all things that make her heart race — roller coasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.

If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.

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SURPRISE RELEASE: SHIVER by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine



SHIVER, an all-new dark and sexy MM standalone from Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine is LIVE!


Title: Shiver

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Publication Date: October 15th

Wide-eyed and innocent, you stumbled into my world, never knowing the danger that lurked within. The Wolfe’s Den is no place for a little lamb, but you came anyway, and from the moment you stepped inside, you were mine.

In my life there are no happy accidents. Every move is carefully orchestrated. Every situation premeditated. That’s what makes the hunt so intoxicating.

What you need, I become.

What you crave, I will give.

Except the one thing you desire above all else—love.

Everything I told you is true—I’m not a good man, but you choose what you want to hear.

You shouldn’t have come that night. Maybe then you’d be safe. But it’s too late now.

I want you because you remind me of him. I need you to give me back what I lost.


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Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.


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Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at

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In Pieces, an all-new brother’sbest-friend
standalone from Danielle Pearl is LIVE!

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In Pieces by Danielle

Genre: New Adult

Publishing Date: October 10th,

Three years ago she was left in
pieces . . . Most college freshmen love the newfound freedom of living on campus, but none of
them craves it like Beth Caplan. One ill-fated night when she was fifteen left her locked in a
posh prison of private tutors. It’s for the best, everyone said, and maybe it was. But after years
of hard work and healing, the one person who never thought of her as broken could be the one
to break her all over again. And Beth can’t seem to stay away now any more than she could all
those years ago.

As soon as David March learned
his best friend’s little sister was enrolling at his school, he promised to look after her, and
promised himself he’d keep a safe distance. But the sweet little girl he’d grown up with has
transformed into a gorgeous young woman, and she’s attracting attention from people she
shouldn’t-like the ex who nearly destroyed her and a strange new student with a disturbing
habit of showing up wherever Beth goes. But for David, the most troubling discovery is realizing
that he doesn’t just want Beth to be safe. He wants her to be his.


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Danielle Pearl is the Amazon and iBooks international best
selling author of the
series. She lives in New Jersey with her
husband and three children. She is a life long book enthusiast who has been writing ever since
she could hold a pencil.

Danielle went to Boston University and worked in marketing
before she published her first novel,
in 2014. She writes mature Mature Young Adult
and New Adult Contemporary Romance.

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Misadventures with a Super Hero
Angel Payne


Working the night shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, I get my fair share of weirdos. But none of
them prepared me for the night I met Bolt. He saved my life.
Now, he
s my super hero, the hunk Im yearning to thank in more creative ways than a damn kiss on the cheek.
Too bad he
s actually Reece Richards, my full-on nerd of a real-life boss.
s got some commitment issues thanks to his evil ex and global empire and from having to save the city from a
maniac out to destroy everything he loves.
But there
s something that just may interfere with all those plans. My heart.


OMG!!! This book was SO incredibly fun to read!!
I love Angel and her writing style. And the fact that she brings us some SMOKING HOT heroes! Reece is definitely now on my list of top book-boyfriends!

Emmalina comes from a fairly pretentious family living in the OC, a county in Southern California. Growing up nothing more was expected of her than playing tennis, lunching with the ladies and marrying her kind. But she was determined to get out of Orange County and have MORE in her life. Landing a job at the Brocade, a high end hotel in the heart of LA, gets her one step closer to that dream.

Reece Richards is the youngest in the line of the Richards Empire. Taught from an early age to think of no one but himself, he’s the epitome of spoiled playboy. And that is what lands him in trouble and turns him into a freak with super powers. Determined to atone for his selfish lifestyle, Reece takes on a dual personality and vows to pay back society by cleaning up the city, one bad guy at a times.

This is a fun, quick read with Angel’s usual twist on the steam factor. I love the instant attraction between Reece and Emmalina. And what I love more is that where others in the hotel Reece runs think he’s weird, Emma embraces it. I’m not usually a sci/fi fan, but I love Angel and knew that I would like this book. While this is the third book in the Misadventures series, it’s 100% a standalone. I would love to see more of Reece and Emmalina in a future book!

Meet the


USA Today bestselling romance author
Angel Payne has been reading and writing her entire life, though her love for romances turned serious at Chapman
University in Southern California, where she took departmental honors for English. She began getting a paycheck for her
writing when composing record reviews for a Beverly Hills-based dance music magazine, and working in promotions at
LA-based KROQ-FM. She was also a music industry PA, fashion ramp model, night club DJ, special events coordinator, tour
guide, and hotel group sales manager before returning to the thing she loves the most: creating character-based romantic

Angel has written for four
publishing houses, and is also independently published. She most enjoys focusing on high heat and high concepts starring
memorable alpha men and the women who love them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the Suited
for Sin series, the Cimarron Saga, the Temptation Court series, the Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), the Lords
of Sin historicals, and the popular WILD Boys of Special Forces series. She’s excited to be one of the inaugural authors for
Waterhouse Press’s prestigious MISADVENTURES series.

Angel still lives in
Southern California, where she is married to her soul mate and lives on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with their
awesome daughter and Lady Claire, the dog with impeccable manners. When not writing, she is a proud cos play mom,
and also enjoys reading, pop culture, alt rock, cute shoes, and being active in the





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RELEASE BLITZ: GUN SHY by Lili St. Germain






A stand alone psychological thriller.



In the middle of a fierce snowstorm in Gun Creek, Nevada, seventeen-year-old Jennifer Thomas disappears without a trace.

The second girl in nine years.

Identical cases. Identical conditions. Only last time, the girl was found. Dead, stuffed in a well beside the creek that feeds the town’s water supply.

The killer was never found.

As the small town mobilizes and searches for newly vanished Jennifer Thomas, one suspect comes to the fore. But did he do it? Or is there something else at play? Something nobody could have anticipated?

For Jennifer’s friend Cassie Carlino, the worst is yet to come. As she pins MISSING posters to store windows and joins the search, she begins to suspect that Jennifer’s disappearance might be much closer to her than she could have ever imagined.

I am a girl with a darkness inside me.

Carefully placed. Cleverly concealed.

A darkness that could devour you.

One hand on a cold pane of glass, watching the snow fall outside. It’s pitch-black out here, far away from bright city lights. You can’t see a goddamned thing. You can only feel fingers digging into your hips, hot and insistent, a tug of hair, a smack of skin, and the snowflakes as they fall through the weak pool of light that the porch light illuminates below. And the pain. He’s not gentle when he uses me to satisfy his want.
I think he likes it like this, up on the bed, against the window, as if somebody might see. But nobody could ever possibly see. It’s too dark. No streetlights. No houses for a clear half-mile in every direction.

Just us, and the silence, and the darkness.

And the snowflakes, steady as they fall, through that yellow beam below.

You could never count them all. One blink and you’d miss some. One sharp stab of pain that drives your face into the mattress, and you’d miss plenty.

And that’s the point, I suppose. You keep counting. You watch the snow fall, and you count every snowflake your eyes can catch until it’s finally over.

* * *

The darkness wasn’t always there. I was bright and shiny once. There was no tarnish at my edges, no very bad thing that existed inside me. I had a mother, and a boyfriend, and a life. I was loved. I had plans and goals and aspirations.

One moment and they were all gone.

I know what you’ll think after you hear my story.
You’ll think I went mad when I saw Leo being burned alive, or when I gazed down at my comatose mother in the hospital after, as words like brain swelling and head-on collision drifted through the air, meant for me but headed somewhere beyond.

Or maybe, maybe, you’ll think it was during that first time, on the kitchen floor, a tangle of limbs, palm pressed against desperate lips, fingers squeezing wrists until it felt like they would snap.

And every time I’ll tell you, you are wrong. That, even as I cried in the aftermath of his sudden interest in me, I still was a girl without a black coal heart.

I can tell you the exact moment the darkness burrowed in to stay. I imagine it like some filthy worm, coming up from the earth, chewing a neat circle in my skin and wriggling in. Finding that hollow space beneath my heart, in my ribcage, and curling up. Sated. Satisfied. Warm. I feel it sometimes when I’m frightened, and my heart won’t slow down. It beats like crazy like a machine gun with the trigger locked on. I can’t breathe. My vision tunnels. In those moments, I imagine the worm, how happy it must be, how comfortable within my fragile chest.

It’s strange how you know something has happened, even if you can’t remember it.
When you wake up in your bed, and the sheets beneath you are wet, and you haven’t wet the bed since you were little, a three-year-old girl who started to cry because she’d slept through instead of getting up and going to the bathroom.
Eighteen years old, naked, and laying in a cold, wet spot, damp thighs and a bitter taste on your tongue. The taste of a medication you took once after your dad died and you started having nightmares that kept you awake. The bitter pill that your mother crushed into a glass of milk for you, the one that knocked you under and held you there in a chokehold, so that you could still see the nightmares in your sleep, but could no longer wake up from them. It was terrifying then, and it’s terrifying now. It’s in your mouth and in your nostrils and down the back of your throat and all you can remember is a low voice that says, Finish your milk, Cassandra.

You have been drugged.
Somebody has undressed you, tucked you into your bed, and they have used you. They have left something inside you.
A darkness. A coiled, buzzing midnight that becomes all you’ve ever known.
You don’t like it at first. It frightens you.
The darkness is where nightmares come to life.
But after time goes by, you start to feel differently.

You begin to realize that the darkness you’ve been given is not a burden, but a gift.



Lili writes dark, delicious romance full of love, lust and revenge. Her USA Today Bestselling Gypsy Brothers series focuses on a morally bankrupt biker gang and the young woman who seeks her vengeance upon them. The Cartel series is a trilogy that explores the beginnings of the club, published through HarperCollins.

Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, excellent coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Instagram.

She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.
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              Resuscitation (The Trauma Series#3) by Cassia Brightmore Author

Genre:   Dark Romance

Release Date: October 2nd, 2017                   

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Photography by:
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No. One.

 A mantra  that Dr. Cian O’Reilly has lived by; never allowing any new insiders to
pierce his inner circle. Until her. Dr. Athena Payne was his game changer, the
woman he wanted to bring into his cloak of darkness; to share in his malicious
desires of torture and terror as the executioner of all who escaped justice. But
when faced with an alleged betrayal of that trust, how far will he go to seek his

Conquers. All.

 Three words that Athena Payne has always believed whole-heartedly. In her determination to become a brilliant heart surgeon, her thirst for knowledge tossed her headlong into a hidden conspiracy, a deadly game of death intertwined with the
complications of love. Trusting and loving Cian may very well be the last things
she ever does as she’s faced with paying the ultimate price for allowing
him into her heart.

 Save a life. Take a life.

 Will the hardest kill Cian’s ever faced be his last? As others circle closer to
learning his true identity, interns and attendings alike face the possibility of
losing everything they’ve fought so hard to gain.

 Trust no one.

Let love conquer all. And prepare for a shocking ending that you won’t
see coming in this third installment of the Trauma Series.

 Lincoln Hospital, where the cure can be your worst nightmare.


Contains violent and graphic situations not suitable for readers under the age of
eighteen. This is the third book in the “Dexter” meets “Grey’s
Anatomy” series and ends on a cliffhanger. All books must be read in order
to follow the series.







OMGOMGOMG. This book!!! I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for this book, #3 in Cassia’s Trauma Series to come out, and it did NOT disappoint!! 

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, reading through this book. Will he do it? Does he actually believe that Athena would betray him? There are so many twists and turns in this third book, I found my heart pounding more than a few times. And the ending! That was something I didn’t see coming. But warning: it’s another cliffie, and if you don’t like those, you might want to wait until the next book comes out. 

Another fantastic, thrilling, roller coaster courtesy of Ms. Brightmore. Can’t wait to see what happens next!



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On the twenty-third day—he hunts, bringing the scum of the earth to justice; his
justice. Ending up as a patient on Dr. O’Reilly’s table could either
save your life or end it in the most horrific way.

New York City. The infamous city that never sleeps; the place where dreams either shine brightly or shatter into razor sharp pieces of metal. For Dr. Cian O’Reilly, it’s the perfect city to disguise his dark alter ego. As a top surgeon at Lincoln Hospital, he has access to resources far beyond the reach of the average person; the ideal cover for his double life. By day, he’s the epitome of professionalism. By night, the facade is stripped away and his true depraved self is revealed.

When Dr. Athena Payne joins the roster as a new surgical intern, Cian’s carefully
constructed life is thrown into turmoil. With her sunny smile and wide-eyed
innocence, she threatens to break through his iron-like exterior, exposing the
man beneath. Following her dream of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon, her
internship at Lincoln Hospital is the first step in achieving her goals.
Something about the dark air of mystery that surrounds her new boss, Dr. Cian
O’Reilly, leaves Athena questioning just what it is that the good doctor is

A killer on the loose. A doctor wielding a deadly blade. An intern caught in the midst of first love and a lethal web of murder.

Lincoln  Hospital. Where the cure can be your worst nightmare.


Contains violence and graphic situations not suitable for readers under the age
of eighteen.







Within the walls of the prestigious Lincoln Hospital in New York City, a hunter awaits.
A man with a thirst for blood and an appetite for vengeance. Dr. Cian
O’Reilly, the city’s most respected cardiovascular surgeon, is living
a double life, one bathed in torture and mayhem as he delivers final justice to
the city’s most heinous criminals.

 When a new influx of physicians joins the rotation, the struggle for anonymity
intensifies as a nosy reporter inches closer to the truth about Cian’s true
identity. In a dangerous game of kill or be killed, no one is safe and everyone
is a potential victim.

 A romance blossoming on the premise of murder. An escaped killer on the loose. A traitor in the midst intent on bringing them all down.

 Lincoln Hospital. Where the cure can be your worst nightmare.

Contains violence and graphic situations not suitable for readers under the age
of eighteen. This is the second book in the “Dexter” meets
“Grey’s Anatomy” series and ends on a cliffhanger. All books must
be read in order to follow the series.









Cassia Brightmore is a Canadian dark romance author. She loves writing dark stories with twisted characters that she hopes will thrill the reader as well as make them fall in love.

She loves hockey, video games and online shopping. If she’s not writing or editing, you can usually find her doing one of these things. Writing is her passion and
publishing her first book as an indie author is truly a dream come true.

Her titles include:

Darkness Series

Book One:

Book Two:

Three: Denouement

Four: Repentance

Trauma Series

Book One:
Lincoln Hospital

Book Two:









  The Brother by K. Larsen   Published October 2, 2018


Dark Romantic Suspense

Special Announcement: K. Larsen is giving away a signed paperback, an amazon gift card and a swag pack here:


Liam Lockwood stumbled across a photo in a magazine of his long-forgotten brother causing buried secrets, heartache and obsession to bubble to the surface. When Liam sees something he wants, he takes it. He always has and this time will be no different despite his father’s warning.

Payback for a dark and broken childhood now has a name, Nora Robertson.


“Attraction is not random.”



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Six Months Ago
I saw the headline first. The Tutor Captive Speaks Out For First Time Exclusive!
I admit I was curious. I’d heard the news reports. Seen the reporters trying to get the meek redhead to talk to them last year. I was waiting in line at the grocery store- a task normally done by my assistant- when I picked up the rag and flipped it open to the article. Immediately nostalgia sucker punched me. One of the featured pictures showed the redhead, a young girl and…my brother. I slammed the magazine shut and slapped it on the conveyor belt with my groceries. Fucking Holden.
When I slip into my car, I yank the magazine out and read the article. Held captive. Cuts. Love. Emotional abuse. Scars. Moving on. Single. Raise awareness about abuse and PTSD. Blah blah.
“Dammit,” I mutter.  Although I don’t recall an awful lot from my childhood I do remember my mother and her specific brand of abuse and my brother’s. I pull my cell phone from my back pocket and dial my father.
“Liam,” he answers.
“Burn through the money already?” His voice is tight.
I groan. “No. Have you seen the latest edition of,” I flip the magazine over, “People Weekly?”
“Why would I have son? You in it?” His voice grates my nerves. He has two tones of voice, condescending and stern.
“No, but your other son is,” I say. I run a hand through my hair. It’s just long enough to consider scheduling a hair cut. My father would prefer it cropped close to the scalp, but I’ve always kept it longer.
“Excuse me?” He barks into my ear.
“Holden Douglas Lockwood, remember him? He’s featured in the magazine.” I wait for his retort. His slew of curses but only silence greets me. “Dad?”
“I’m here. Come to the house now.”
“Yes, Sir,” I say.
I end the call and toss the magazine on the passenger seat. I start the car while pulling up Carol’s contact to send her a quick text that I won’t need her tonight. She texts me back immediately to let me know she left dinner in the fridge for me.
The drive to my father’s house isn’t long but it gives me too much time to focus on my the short movie clips that play in my mind from my former life. Mountain life. Memories of Holden screaming and my father shouting. Holden coming into our room with blood dripping down his torso as I cowered in the corner. Holden covering my mouth in the middle of the night and drawing thin slices along my scalp. What Ma did to him, he did to me, but less so. And hidden. When I told Dad what was happening he snapped. Without warning, he threw me in his truck and drove us away. He told me to never speak of our cabin. To never speak of Holden or baby Laura or Ma again. Nightmares kept me up most nights until Dad started to beat them out of me of with his belt.
We started fresh four hours south of that damned mountain. He created an empire for us. Sent me to the best schools and now I run the business he started. We have wanted for nothing. I have no idea how Holden or Ma or Laura faired. Except now- I do. I know they are all dead from that damned article.
I pull into Dad’s gated driveway and leave the car running at the front door. His valet takes my keys as I pass by him. I don’t bother knocking on my way inside. Dad sits behind his oak desk. He hand carved it. Sanded it for days. Stained it and had his security detail move the enormous hunk of wood into his office. Two fingers of whiskey reside in a glass to his left.
“Sit,” he says. I do. He does not offer me a drink.
“Show me this article.” I lean forward and toss the magazine on his desk. He flips to the article and reads silently. When he finishes, he grunts and slaps the magazine closed.
“We don’t have anything to worry about. They got his last name wrong.”
“But Dad, what about the cabin? There could be things there that lead back to us. Pictures or, I don’t know?”
“There’s nothing Liam. Holden’s dead. Laura’s dead and your mother is dead. Good riddance. It sounds like Holden took up her ‘art’. He was destined to get caught.”
“That’s all you have to say? Laura and Holden were your children too.”
“I let them go a long time ago and you should have too.”
“Don’t you care at all?”
“No. Your Mother was bat shit crazy. Love made me do stupid things for that woman. Move that damned mountain to commune with nature. Live off grid to aid her art. I gave her enough years. I have nothing left for her-not even curiosity.”
“But Holden, Laura?” I say. “I couldn’t care for an infant on my own and Holden was too far gone by then. I could however, save you. Are you not grateful for that?” Save me. The words sound sincere rolling off his tongue but saving me from Ma and my siblings didn’t spare me his abuse. I cannot say this however.
“Of course I am. I just…”
“Don’t over think it Liam and don’t tell anyone about this article. Understood?”
“Yes Sir,” I answer.
“Good,” he says while lifting his glass to his mouth. I watch the amber liquid slosh back and forth and yearn for a glass of my own. The first time I’ve heard of, or seen my brother since we left was in a magazine for being a psychopath and my father wants to simply sweep it under the rug with no explanation. It baffles me and irritates me simultaneously. I say nothing to my father because is not the kind of man you push.





I loved, loved, LOVED The Tutor, which was book 1. And honestly,  you should read that before you read this, otherwise you might not have a full appreciation of these characters.

Nora is recovering from her ordeal on the mountain. She, Eve and Lotte have made a home for themselves. Nora is reclusive, riddled with anxiety and still mourning what she considers her loss. She doesn’t date, but does indulge in particular activities that those close to her are concerned about.

Liam Lockwood has become obsessed with Nora. She is the only one who has answers to his questions, and he make it his mission to get to close to her. He’s not as sinister as his big brother, but there are still some tendencies that make you think he could go that way.

This book, like The Tutor, will suck you in and hold on tight until the very last page. You will be consumed by Liam and Nora, anxious to know what’s going to happen.  This book isn’t as dark as The Tutor, but there are still some scenes that could be trigger issues, even though they are consensual.

This was a  fabulous follow up to The Tutor. And with the little teaser she gave us at the end of The Brother, I’m going to be ANXIOUSLY awaiting the next book, The Friend.


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Cambria Hebert
Publication date: October 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

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