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NEW Justice League Trailer!

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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

I can't wait!
I need this movie!


Review: Into the Fire (Night Prince #4) by Jeaniene Frost

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In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.



 Fantastic ending to an amazing series by Jeaniene Frost. Into the Fire is an intense read.  Mircea shines as his love for Leila brings out all the character traits we have come to hunger for in this vampire.  The story paves the way to the birth of new stories in this fascinating world. I look forward to reading more from Frost.  She has a way of always making me yearn for her characters.

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Paranormal romance/urban fantasy spin-off from the Night Huntress series.


Publisher: Avon
Pub Date: Feb. 28, 2017


Finally!!! Return of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 with No comments

Anticipated Reboot of Fan Favorite Series Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be Available on Netflix in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland in the “Not-Too-Distant Future." Original creator Joel Hodgson will be joined by comedian Jonah Ray (“Jonah Heston”) as the new host and Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) as “Kinga Forrester.” 

A Kickstarter starter campaign, spearheaded by Hodgson and Shout! Factory, surpassed the goal of funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history.

Mystery Science Theater 3000’s national broadcast life began in 1989. Set on the Satellite of Love where a human host is trapped by mad scientists with his two robot sidekicks and forced to watch an endless run of B movies. The format proved to be popular, and during its eleven years and 198 episodes on the Comedy Channel and Sci-Fi Channel, it attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and two Emmys® nominations.

Who didn't love Mystery Science Theater back in the day! 

It was as sacred as our morning coffee. 
I'm so excited a revamped MST3K will be back on Netflix. 

My favorite episode had to be the "Manos: The Hands of Fate".

Are there any MSTies in the house?

I'm super excited Felicia Day will be at the helm!  


Did you have a favorite episode? 


April 14th 


Blog Tour & Giveaway: Outlaw by Katana Collins

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 the highly anticipated next book in the Harrison Street Crew Series is here!! 

Outlaw: Part 1
(The Harrison Street Crew Series, Bk #2)
By Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

Release Date:  
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Outlaw: Part 2
(The Harrison Street Crew Series, Bk #2)
By Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume Two of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Ambitious lawyer Michelle Chiccarini vowed like hell she is going to do her best to prosecute as many criminals as she could. Even if that means trying to put away Patrick Flanagan, a man who can make her pulse quicken and fill her head with dirty, wicked thoughts just by looking at him. She’s got to put him behind bars. But how can she do that, when she can’t even resist his touch?

Release Date:  
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Outlaw: Part 3
(The Harrison Street Crew Series, Bk #2)
By Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume Three of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Patrick Flanagan won’t go to jail. Not when he’s got a woman as gorgeous as Michelle aching for his every touch and pushing his lust for her past the boiling point. Even though she’s a lawyer tasked with putting him in prison, he can’t stay away from her. Michelle is falling fast and hard for Patrick, but is he guilty? Or is he innocent? She wants to trust her bad boy from the streets, but is he telling the truth?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Tears streaked down Michelle Chiccarini's face as she rushed through the emergency room's automatic glass doors. A gush of warm air blasted out of the ventilation system and even though it was April, there was still a biting chill to the weather outside. The warmth slammed into her wind-burned cheeks, warming her immediately. 
She shouldn't have let her best friend go to that street race alone. She had felt it deep in her gut when Charlie left that evening for the race with Harrison Street Club—Southie's infamous car club—that something bad was going to happen. In that same instinctual way that Michelle knew she was going to lose a case or receive bad news. Bad things always happen when you break the rules. She'd felt it in the pit of her stomach as Charlie had pulled away in her latest prize, an AMC Hornet, with her bright red hair blowing in the cool April breeze.
And now, look. Michelle hadn't even been there to help when the accident happened. She hadn't been there to call the ambulance or ride with Charlie or hold her hand or—
Michelle squeezed her eyes closed, tears pressing against the tight line of her lashes. 
“Ma'am? Can I help you?”
A quiet older woman behind the front counter looked at her with concerned eyes.
Michelle inhaled a shaky breath. “There was a car accident victim brought in not too long ago. Charlie Wakeman.”
“Let me see,” the woman said, tapping into her computer. “Charlie Wakeman. Do you know what time he arrived—”
“She,” Michelle corrected her. “Charlize Wakeman.”
“Ah,” the woman nodded, “Yes. She was brought in about an hour ago and she's still in surgery. Are you family?”
Yes, Michelle wanted to scream. Other than Charlie's parents, she was the closest thing to family Charlie had. Michelle sniffed, feeling the muscles in her throat clamp down on the emotion as if that could stifle what she was feeling. “She's my best friend,” she managed to say through a raspy whisper. “Since we were five.”
The woman gave her an apologetic look. “I'm afraid it's family only beyond those doors unless a family member brings you back themselves. You're welcome to wait in the room to your left.”
“Any idea how long it will be?”
She shook her head. “These things can take a while. And even after surgery, she likely won't be allowed visitors until the morning.”
As she said that, Michelle's brother Remy came out from the back room of the ER. For most people, seeing their brother at such an emotional time would have been comforting. But the Chiccarini's weren't most people. And Michelle had only just found out hours earlier that Remy had been abusing Charlie when they dated—both physically and emotionally. The sight of him caused every muscle in her legs to cramp. Her shoulders knotted, tightening and pulling toward her ears. The palms of her hands grew clammy and damp as she clenched them into fists. What in the hell is he doing here?
Arm stiff, she pointed at Remy. “He's not family. What was he doing back there?”
The woman blinked, taken off guard and glanced over her shoulder. “He arrived with your friend; he was there on the scene along with one other gentleman who's waiting back there with her family.”
If the Wakeman's had seen Michelle, they would have let her back there as well. They didn't know what Michelle knew—what Charlie had just told her hours earlier about Remy hitting her; shoving her. Breaking her wrist. Michelle's throat suddenly dried, just at the thought.  
Totally unaware, Remy came up to her, wrapping an arm around her shoulder. It was as though all the anger and frustration of the day had been in a pot simmering with the heat slowly being turned up until she was spewing emotion out over top. It was too much. He was too much. She had never before felt such hatred for someone she loved. Was that even possible? To hate someone and love them? To want to hold them and protect them while also wanting to condemn them for their actions? 
With all her strength, she shoved Remy away from her. Taken completely off guard, he stumbled backward, his back slamming into a magazine shelf. 
“What the hell, Michelle?”
“What did you do?” she asked and when he came toward her, eyes lowered in question, she shoved him again. Harder. Only this time, he was ready for it and her brother was able to balance himself despite the muscle she put into it.
“It's terrible,” Remy said, trying to grasp Michelle's shoulders and pull her into a hug. “She has a collapsed lung and her leg was mangled in the wreck. But Shell, we've got to stick together—”
A bitter laugh cackled from the back of Michelle's throat. “Don't act like you care about her.” She pointed in her brother's face. “Don't you dare act like you give a shit what happens to her. Not after  what you did.”
Guilt lit Remy's brown eyes. The same guilt Michelle had seen in his face when she had caught him sneaking into the house hours after curfew in high school. It vanished faster this time than it ever did when they were teenagers. He'd managed to refine his innocent face. 
“Michelle,” he said quietly. “I have no idea what you're talking about—”
She lunged at him again, this time, whipping her fist around toward his face. Before her hand connected to his cheek, she felt two strong arms around her waist and then she was in the air, legs kicking, arms flailing. 
“Let me go!” she screamed. “Put me down, let me hit him. I've got to hit him.” She had to hit something. There was too much pent up energy, anger, sadness—she was a volcano of emotion, ready to explode and take out anyone around her
Then, she was outside. The dark, cool air once again enveloping her, a vast difference to the heated, muscled arms clasped around her torso.
Her feet touched the pavement and still she thrashed in those arms. She wanted to hurt someone. Cause the same pain she felt on the inside. 
“If I let you go, do you promise to behave?”
Patrick. The vice president of the Harrison Street Crew, Southie's notorious car club. Club, ha. That was a laugh. They were a gang, known for their chop shop and illegal street racing. She knew it, Remy knew it... hell, all of Boston knew it. And up until the other night, she'd only known Patrick Flanagan from his photograph in her file—Operation Green Light as she and her colleagues had come to know the case. The DA's office had been working on Operation Green Light for a few months, building information about the various car gangs in Boston, including HSC. Up until last night, Patrick Flanagan had only been a personality-less face she had to take down. A thug who deserved to be behind bars. The sort of case she was happy to stand beside her brother and help with while he ran for city council. Until now. Now, her world was flipped upside down.
But since last night when she met Patrick Flanagan? She couldn't quite describe the shift. It was small, but notable. Patrick wasn't a big, bad, scary car guy dude. He was relatable. Friendly. Funny, even. Sexy. Everything that she once was back when she was in high school—the fun girl who broke the rules and let loose now and then. 
And now his arms were wrapped tightly around her and hell if she wanted him to let go. 
Michelle managed to turn in his arms, facing him. Facing those bright blue eyes and dark corkscrew curls that flopped across his tanned forehead. How the hell did he manage to be so tan in Boston in April?
“Let me go,” she demanded, shoving against his broad chest. 
He didn't budge. “Not until you prove to me that you've calmed down.”
“I'm fine, let me go!” Squeezing her fists, she beat them into his chest more. Yeah, probably not doing much for her case. But she couldn't help it, she had to hit something. And hitting Patrick was better than fucking Patrick which was what she really wanted to do.
A tear slipped out of the corner of her eye and slid its way down the bridge of her nose. 
“Babe,” he said quietly. With his head tilted, the tiniest smile curved along his mouth. “I've got a club brother with his old lady in the hospital and a sexy woman in my arms. I'm not letting go until I'm sure it's what you truly want.” He leaned down, his full lips too painfully close to her ear. “But if you don't stop screaming and punching me, the hospital's going to call the cops. And I've got a feeling that'll be bad for both of us.”
Would they do that? She looked around Patrick's massive shoulders in through the floor to ceiling windows where the entire waiting room of the hospital was staring out at them. The sweet older woman at reception stood with a phone clenched in her hand.
Gradually his hands slid down her torso, fingers spreading out until she could feel each painfully sharp breath against his palm. What was it about a man holding you in his strong arms? What was it about those firm arms that made her feel so safe? Like everything was going to be okay? 
“Breathe, babe.”
Whatever the reason, when he whispered in her ear and held her tight against him, her muscles relaxed. Her breath grew deeper and longer. And for a half second, she trusted this man to take care of her. Trusted him to keep her safe—even if that meant keeping her safe from herself.
And that was the irony. 
She forgot in that split second that she should never trust Patrick.
“Shit,” Michelle whispered, wiping at the tear even though it had long finished its descent down her face.
“Come on,” Patrick said, still holding her, but ushering her away from the windows around the other side of the building where some 70s looking muscle car was parked.
Why was she following him? A virtual stranger; the vice president of the very club she was in charge of taking down. But he's not a stranger, she reminded herself. Charlie knows him. Call it gut instinct, but she knew Patrick wouldn't hurt her. Not tonight. Not with her best friend and his club brother's girlfriend in the hospital. Maybe not ever. 
Unlocking the door, he ushered her inside to the passenger's seat of his car, then fell into the driver's side himself.
“I'm not leaving this hospital,” Michelle said, giving him a wary look.
Patrick sighed, but nodded. “I'm not expecting you to. Just wanted to get out of the cold before those tears of yours turned into icicles.”
“Tear,” she corrected him. “Singular.”
“You sure about that?”
Reaching over, he brushed his finger across her cheek where it was stained with dampness. Shit... had she been crying more? She brushed her own hand, wiping the wetness gathered at her jawline. 
She sniffed against her full sinuses and the burning sensation behind her nose. 
“Last I heard, they thought she was going to be okay,” Patrick said quietly, turning the heat in the car on. 
Michelle didn't say anything. Just sat in his car, thinking of how she attacked—flat out attacked her own brother. She probably looked like a crazy person in there. 
Most people would feel embarrassed or scared or—or anything. But inside? She felt numb to anything other than Charlie's health and well-being. And she wouldn't believe her best friend was okay until she saw Charlie with her own eyes. 
She stole a glance to her left and found Patrick staring at her carefully. “I hate hospitals, myself. Something about the smell,” Patrick said. “Like rubbing alcohol and that weird smell of wood—like tongue depressors. You know what I mean? I didn't even know tongue depressors could have a smell.” He shrugged and sucked at his teeth, his eyes still fastened onto her. He paused and Michelle said nothing. What was there to say? Of course he hated hospitals. Didn't everyone? When she didn't answer him, he kept on talking. “She's in good hands though. I don't personally know the surgeon working on her, but this is the best hospital in Southie.”
Patrick chuckled to himself and ran a hand along the steering wheel. “This one time when my brother and I were kids, we stole fistfuls of my dad's tongue depressors and a carton of orange juice to make our own popsicles. Sold them on the weekends down at the docks to the workers.” Patrick chuckled to himself, shaking his head. “Man was my dad pissed. Apparently those things are expensive whereas we could have gotten a bag of popsicle sticks for cheap from the craft store or some shit like that.” His eyes crinkled with the smile. It was a beautiful smile. A beautiful, distracting smile. 
That's just what she needed.
“Why are you being so nice to me?” she blurted out. “Less than 24-hours ago, I was threatening you with prison time.”
Patrick shrugged, turning to look her dead on. “In a hospital, it doesn't matter that you're a prosecuting attorney and I'm a big bad car club guy. In there, we're all just people afraid to lose someone we love.”
“Yeah, but—”
“And you looked like you were about a second away from totally losing it on your brother.”
“I was, but—”
“And as much as I'd love to see that little weasel of a politician's face bashed in, it didn't feel right to let you go down for that.” That smirk was back. An easy smile that he managed to wear no matter what the circumstance. “Make you a deal,” he said. “You let me be the one who bashes faces in.”
She shook her head, looking out the front windshield. “I wouldn't have gone to jail for that. Remy wouldn't have pressed charges. Not against me.”
“Damn. Guess I should have let you go to town on his ass, then.”
Michelle felt the smirk tilt the corner of her mouth, Patrick's smile already lighting his face. “Guess so.”
“You wanna tell me what that was about? I mean, like I said, I hate that Remy bastard. Anything that results in getting his ass kicked is a good day in my book. Just surprised to see you as the one doing the kicking.”
She couldn't talk about it—about the scars Charlie showed her. The video feed of him shoving her best friend. Not to Patrick. Not to anyone—yet. It wasn't her story to tell. She shook her head. “Shane can ask Charlie when she's feeling better.” If she ever feels better. Shit. There was another set of hot tears, dancing at the edges of her eyes.
Patrick's eyes narrowed, his smile dropping as he studied Michelle's face. “There something I should know about?”
“No,” she answered quickly.
The same narrowed suspicion clouded his face, darkening it. “Maybe I should go back in there and see for myself.”
“No,” Michelle darted a hand out, landing on Patrick's muscled thigh. It was tensed, bunched up into a tight ball of muscle above his knee. Wow, were those some muscles. Her throat went dry as she circled her thumb up the inside of his thigh, tracing the muscled line to the inside of his leg. 
Sexy as hell.
A sharp breath hissed from beside her and an embarrassed flush heated her cheeks. What in the serious hell was she doing? This was a criminal for Christ's sake. It was bad enough she was seated inside his car, but to be caressing his leg? Pushing a heavy exhalation through her mouth, she gave herself a mental head shake.
She moved to pull her hand back but before she could, his palm came down heavily on top of hers, holding her hand in place only inches away from his crotch. 
“Whatever this is,” he grunted, “I'm pretty sure we both want it.”
With his free hand, he leaned over, brushing his thumb across her bottom lip intentionally smearing her red lipstick down her chin. 
Michelle swallowed hard. “Whatever this is,” she repeated, her voice a hoarse whisper, “I'm pretty sure we shouldn't act on it.”
“Luckily, I've never been one to follow the rules.”
But I am. Rules were her life. And when she followed them, things fit into a pretty little ribbon wrapped box. 
And when she didn't? The world was dark and blurry, an acidic taste of bile and vomit clinging to the back of her throat. Each breath was painful, sharp and like knives were being shoved into her throat. Michelle shuddered, pushing the memories of her destructive years from her mind. 
“God I hope that shudder was for me,” Patrick said, leaning over the center console until his lips were so close that she could feel the heat of his breath.
She expected him to kiss her—only he didn't. He hovered, a breath away from her lips and his smile curved wider showing beautiful, white teeth. 
She blinked, breathing heavily, feeling how tight and needy the tips of her breasts were. Her eyes landed first on that smile, then drifted down to where she could see a thick erection pushing through his jeans. Then finally, she met his eyes. Crystal blue eyes that were bright against the dark night. 
She went to talk, but her throat was dry. “What—why didn't you...?” Why didn't he what? Kiss her? Grope her? Rip off her shirt? What the hell is the matter with me?
His grin widened even more. “You aren't a rule breaker, huh?”
At that challenge, her thoughts cleared. “I'm not,” she declared.
As she moved to pull back from him, he curled his fingers around the back of her neck. “Let's see about that,” he whispered, pulling her mouth to his.
God, that was good. Her belly jumped into her chest leaving a hollow cavity in her torso as he kissed her long and deep with his tongue sweeping into her mouth. 
Michelle broke the kiss, shoving her face into his neck. The only thing she could smell was him.  A crisp, woodsy scent. And all she could feel was his hard muscled arms around her, his firm chest pressed against her body. What was she doing? This wasn't her? But God she wanted it. Her hips pumped, almost a reflexed reaction to his mouth as he kissed his way down her neck. Gently, one of his hands fisted around her hair where he had buried his fingers during the kiss while the other worked up her skirt. 
His finger found the garters keeping her stockings up and he paused, muscles seizing, pausing and he hissed. “Fuck me,” he grunted, snapping the garter against the soft flesh of her thigh. 
Her stomach clenched and the dampness between her legs increased at the sharp bite of pain. She wanted more. His fingers edged up her leg until he dipped into her soft, wet folds. Her arms clenched around his shoulders as did her pussy, clamping his finger inside of her. God it was good. “So good,” she moaned in his ear and he chuckled into her neck. 
“Yeah, babe,” he said, pulling back and pulsing that finger in and out of her in steady, rhythmic movements. “You going to come for me like a good girl?”
He pressed his lips to hers before she could answer. Then, two fingers were inside of her, curving against the spongey bundle of nerves deep inside of her and Michelle cried out, her moan breaking their kiss. She twisted, falling back in ecstasy against the chilly window. 
Her hand darted out, grasping his denim clad erection in her palm and she squeezed, enjoying the approving grunt she heard from him. There was a satisfying sound of a zipper and then his cock fell heavily into her palm. 
Shoving her skirt up to her waist, he pulled her over him until she was straddling him, her black lace thong pushed to the side. From the glove box, Patrick grabbed a condom and ripped it open with his teeth, sheathing his erection in latex.
Wordlessly, Michelle wrapped her hand around his dick, guiding him inside of her. Her body stretched around him and she threw her head back, relishing in the feel of him filling every inch of her. He knifed his hips up, thrusting harder into her and she moaned as his thumb found her swollen nub, circling it in wet strokes. Bullseye. Michelle jerked and dove her fingers into his hair, cupping the back of his head. He glanced up, those eyes riveted on hers and he smiled. A quirky little half grin that was cocky as fuck. 
She knew it was wrong. So wrong. Breaking every rule out there both ethically and legally. But it felt too damn good. And she needed to feel good right now.
Each movement was more intense than the next and as he circled his hips and fluttered his touch over her clit—the man knew what he was doing. And he did it was ease. Like he could read her thoughts and body language, anticipate just what she wanted. Pierce her desires with a single glance of those ice blue eyes. 
With his free hand grasping her waist, he guided her up and down over his dick and her body slid over his as she rode him in slow, deep thrusts at first. Then, throwing caution to the wind, she abandoned her quiet, prim side. Ignored the quiet, studious lawyer who spent her college years locked up in her dorm studying and embraced the girl who tattooed tweety bird on her ass when she was seventeen with her fake ID.
She moved faster and faster. Harder, rotating her hips in circles against his thumb. Patrick groaned, his head falling back against the seat until the whole car was shaking with her movement. But his eyes never left hers. And that smirk stayed right in place as he watched her every move.
Who cared about rules? Who cared about Operation Green Light and the fact that she was supposed to be prosecuting this man in less than a year if all went to plan. Right then? All she wanted was an orgasm. The release. An explosion rippling around his cock and fingers and lips.
Yep, rules be damned. Tonight? She wasn't an ADA. She was simply a woman escaping life with the company of a sexy man.
They finished and laid together in silence in Patrick's car. Her skirt, still up around her waist, her black lace thong pushed to the side, swollen and satiated. She lay over top of him, still sitting in his lap. 
Her phone rang from within her purse on the floor of the passenger side. Michelle stiffened as Patrick's hands circled her back in reassuring strokes. 
“If it was about Charlie, I would have gotten a call from Shane or Rig, too,” Patrick said.
That eased her thoughts a little. But still not enough. What was she doing? Literally sleeping with the enemy. 
Leveraging her weight off of his hips, she leaned over grabbing her purse and adjusting her clothes back into place.
With a glance at the phone in her hand, she saw she missed two calls from her boss, Duncan—the district attorney of Boston.
Guilt slammed into her, cramping her gut and replacing whatever relaxed enjoyable post-orgasm bliss she had with anxiety. She held up her phone to Patrick. “I have to take this outside,” she said, pushing out of the car. 
With a tug, he pulled her back into the car. His blue eyes bright and assessing and tilted down at the corners. He looked almost... concerned. As quickly as the expression flashed on his face, it disappeared, replaced with that same light-hearted grin. “You're not leaving me, are you?”
She shook her head. “I'll be right back. I just need to make a call.”
They stayed there, locked in eye contact for another moment before he nodded. “Look,” he said, “Charlie's not going to be taking visitors until the morning. And I've got something to take care of.” He cupped the back of her head, pulling her into another kiss. She let him, though far more tentative than their first this time. “Meet me in an hour?” he whispered. As if Rig or Duncan or someone else could sense that they were planning to meet up.
Michelle shook her head, pulling out of his arms. “That's not a good idea, Patrick.” What they'd just done was already a terrible idea.
“What's the alternative? Sleep here in the waiting room? Or in your car? Or go all the way home to Newton? Then when she does wake up, it'll take you forty minutes to get back here. I'm only a few blocks away down at 136 Jay Street. You'll be close. You can get a good night's sleep.” His grin spread wider. “And I promise no funny business.” His thumb stroked at her jaw, trailing across her smeared lipstick. “Unless you want more funny business. But something tells me you need rest.”
Her stupid heart jolted. Why was he being so nice to her? They'd only just met and he was taking care of her like she was... like she was family or something. Even her own mother wasn't this nurturing. God, it felt nice to have someone looking out for her. “Okay,” she spoke even though her throat was tighter than spandex.
“Okay,” Patrick repeated. “The sexiest word a man will ever hear.”
Michelle laughed. And wow, did it feel good to laugh.
“No, seriously,” Patrick continued. “You should really tone down your enthusiasm. We can't have my ego inflating that much.”
“Don't push your luck, Abercrombie,” Michelle said grinning. Once more, she stepped out of the car. Patrick gave her a wave and started his engine, pulling out of the hospital parking lot as she  redialed her boss. As the phone rang, a damp sweat collected on her scalp and she held her breath. Did Duncan know? No, that was ridiculous. How would Duncan even know that she had fucked one of the men she should be convicting?
Of course he didn't know. Yet.
Duncan answered on the second ring. “Michelle,” he said. “Your brother called me with the news about your friend. I wanted to make sure you were okay and see if you needed anything.”
Of course, Michelle knew that her brother and Duncan knew each other. Attorneys in Boston were incestuous. They all knew each other, especially at Duncan's level. 
She cleared her throat, looking back at Patrick's car as she walked away. “Thanks. I'm... okay. Just waiting to hear any news. We probably won't know anything until tomorrow morning.”
“If there's anything I can do—”
“Thanks, Duncan. I'm okay, though.”
There was another pause. “Well, I know my timing here is bad, but, well, hell... maybe some good news is just what you need tonight. I want to offer you the Chief ADA position. I've been looking over your work on Project Green Light … and this is really good work. I want you to take the lead on it. The promotion will mean that the car club cases are entirely in your hands.”
She was getting a promotion? Here? Tonight? Guilt burrowed deeper and she closed her eyes ignoring the memories of what she'd just done. And that promotion essentially meant her career was now reliant on a case where she had just slept with one of the potential men she would be soon issuing an arrest warrant for. That was some heavy shit.“Me? Are you sure?”
Duncan laughed. “Hell, not if you don't want it—”
“No! No, I want it.” God did she want it. More than she wanted or needed a man or an orgasm. 
Her eyes fell to the tail lights of Patrick's Pantera as it turned right out of the parking lot and she swallowed.
“Good,” he laughed again. “Spend time with your friend. I'll see you at the office Monday.”
“I won't let you down.” She hung up, walking slowly to where her car was parked. And as she started her engine and pulled out of the parking lot, she didn't turn right toward Jay Street. Instead, she took a left and turned into the motel on the corner. Turned away from Patrick. Without explanation... for good.

The Harrison Street Crew Series 


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Katana Collins is lucky enough to love her day job almost as much as she loves writing. She splits her time evenly between photographing boudoir and newborn portraits and writing steamy romances in a variety of genres -- paranormal, contemporary, new adult and suspense.

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Early Review: The Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 with No comments

She'll put her life on the line for him . . . 

When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.

Yet she can never learn his true identity.

Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his . . . 



The Highland Duke is quite the highland adventure.  As Geordie and Akira are pursued across the Highlands, an explosive chemistry emerges. He desires Akira like no other and plans to keep her at his side begin to grow.   To protect his family, Geordie must keep his identity a secret as they outrun the dragoons.  Akira must hold strong and true to her beliefs or fall victim to the perils of forbidden desire. Grab this entertaining Scottish adventure!  I look forward to reading more from Amy Jarecki. 

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Pub Date: March 28, 2017

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Early Review: I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 with No comments


Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true? 


    I Dared the Duke is a fresh, fun read.   The tale and characters are inviting and leave you with a smile.  Alex and Beth set alight this delightful romance, as danger looms. Alex is endearing and mouthing watering, he commands the pages.   He struggles with  placing those under his care at risk, while his need for Beth flourishes. His desire to tell her the truth and protect them grows ever urgent. Beth has other plans and vows to uncover everything the duke has to hide.  Anna Bennett leaves quite the impression with the Wayward Wallflowers series.  I look forward to reading more!

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Chapter ONE

London, July 1818

Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, was known throughout the ton for three things: the horrific burn scars on his neck, his distinctly ornery disposition, and his undisputed skill at … that is, his innate ability to … er, a certain knack for pleasing—

Blast it all, the duke was good in bed.

None of which was any concern of Elizabeth Lacey’s. In fact, just two months ago, Beth would have bet her best bonnet that she’d go to her grave without ever setting foot inside the duke’s town house.

And now she lived there.

It was a temporary arrangement—a favor to her dear uncle. His friend the Dowager Duchess of Blackshire had mentioned, repeatedly, that she longed for a companion—someone to escort her to various functions and ease her loneliness now that her niece had married and moved to Somerset.

While the thought of a full social calendar made Beth break out in a rash, the truth was she needed … well, she needed to be needed.

Her sisters lovingly teased her for her habit of embracing every cause—whether it was tending to a bird’s broken wing, standing up for a bullied child, or collecting books for the foundling home. Beth couldn’t help it—she liked to fix things, right wrongs, and restore harmony.

She supposed that’s what came from enduring a childhood where little seemed fair or orderly. After the sudden death of her parents, she and her sisters had been like frail leaves caught up in a whirlwind, their lives spinning out of control. She’d learned at a tender age that the world wasn’t always a fair or decent place … and she’d resolved to make it so.

When she’d considered that acting as companion to the duchess would place her in proximity with the brooding, if reportedly talented, duke, she had hesitated briefly. But Beth doubted her path and the duke’s would cross often, if at all.

Indeed, the dowager had assured Beth that the duke preferred to spend his time at his estate house outside of London. She’d blinked rapidly and her thin voice had cracked as she’d admitted she suspected her grandson preferred the company of younger people and naturally did not wish to have his bachelor activities curtailed by the presence of a feeble old woman.

Incensed by the duke’s callousness, Beth had agreed to play the part of companion on the spot.

And now, there she was. The duke’s sumptuous drawing room was a far cry from the cozy parlor with the threadbare settee in the house where she’d lived with Uncle Alistair and her sisters. Humming to herself, she laid a whisper-soft quilt across the duchess’s lap and fluffed the silk damask pillow behind her back.

The white-haired woman sighed contentedly and sipped her tea.

“Shall I inquire about this evening’s menu?” Beth asked.

A look of alarm flitted across the duchess’s heavily powdered face but vanished so quickly Beth wondered if she’d imagined it. “No, no.” The tightly spiraled curls at the duchess’s temple bounced as she shook her head. “I’m sure Cook has dinner well in hand.” Her shrewd blue eyes roved over Beth’s simple morning gown. “But would you be a dear and fetch my paisley shawl from upstairs?”

“Of course.” Beth started toward the door.

“While you’re looking in my armoire,” the duchess added breezily, “perhaps you’d like to pick out a shawl for yourself.”

“You’re very kind,” Beth said. “But I’m not at all chilled.” Sunlight streamed through the drawing room’s tall windows, and a cozy fire crackled on the hearth. Furthermore, it was July.

The duchess raised her thin brows. “I forget that young people are impervious to the cold. Still, I find there’s nothing like surrounding oneself with cheerful colors to brighten the mood.” She sighed forlornly. “A bit of rose silk would complement your fair complexion.”

Beth absently raised a palm to her cheek, fairly certain she’d just been given fashion advice by a woman well into her seventies. But it couldn’t hurt to indulge the duchess. Too many of Beth’s peers dismissed the opinions of their elders, scoffing at their hard-won wisdom. She’d witnessed the same prejudice directed at her uncle scores of times.

“Very well,” Beth said brightly. “You’ve convinced me. I shall take you up on your generous offer and borrow something colorful.”

“Excellent.” The duchess leaned back in her chair, pleased to have her small wish granted. It wasn’t difficult to make older people happy. They simply wanted the same as anyone—to be heard and respected.

Beth made her way to the duchess’s elegant bedchamber and located the paisley shawl, as well as a lightweight pink silk for herself. She paused in front of the vanity to drape the scarf around her shoulders and admire the effect.

Goodness. She had to admit, it was a marked improvement. Perhaps if she consulted the duchess about her gown before her next ball she’d finally shed her reputation as being the middle—and therefore the least notable—of the Wilting Wallflowers.

Either that, or she’d become notorious for wearing a rich purple turban and prematurely securing her spot among the gray-haired set.

She shrugged. There were worse fates, after all.

Whisking herself out of the bedchamber and down the stairs, she rounded a corner just as the front door burst open. A pair of footmen laden with trunks, boxes, and bags dashed up the porch steps and shouldered past her. The butler, Mr. Sharp, strode into the foyer, then chased the footmen up the staircase, issuing orders as to where each parcel should be placed.

Beth contemplated the odd scene. The duchess hadn’t mentioned she was expecting guests. And whoever had arrived was causing rather a fuss. Moreover, the front door gaped open, inviting a warm but strong breeze that would no doubt drift down the hall toward the drawing room. The duchess would feel it as surely as the princess had felt the pea nestled beneath her hundred mattresses.

Clucking her tongue, Beth rushed across the foyer and swung the door shut.

Only to have it bounce open again, revealing the tall, muscular, and vexingly breathtaking form of the Duke of Blackshire.


He glared down his slightly crooked nose, not bothering to hide his displeasure. “Good God,” he intoned, crossing the threshold. “Have you taken leave of your senses?”

Beth’s jaw dropped and heat crawled up her neck. How dare he? She longed to issue a blistering response—a witty yet cutting retort to put him firmly in his place, a clever remark to make him realize how wrong he was, a metaphorical slap across his chiseled cheek.

But her throat squeezed shut, and the words wouldn’t come, blast it all. Even worse, her eyes burned.

“Never mind.” The duke rolled his eyes as he slammed the door behind him. “I believe I have my answer.”

He tugged off his gloves, tossed them onto the small table in the foyer, and strode past her as though she were a potted plant. Or rather a person with the intellect of one.

Her blood boiled. She couldn’t allow him to dismiss her so, wouldn’t let him treat her with such indignity.

Summoning courage, she cleared her throat. “My name is Miss Elizabeth Lacey.” Though she’d tried to match his haughty tone, her traitorous voice cracked.

The duke’s boots froze on the marble floor. “Miss Lacey,” he repeated in a tone that suggested he felt a headache coming on. “Why are you roaming the halls of my house?”

“I was hardly roam—” She closed her eyes briefly to collect herself, then raised her chin before she continued. “I am your grandmother’s new companion.”

He snorted. “She said nothing about you.”

Beth shrugged. “As it happens, the duchess has said very little about you.” A small fib. The duchess loved nothing more than droning on about her grandson, fairly beaming with pride each time his name crossed her lips.

The duke planted his hands on narrow hips, as though exasperated by Beth’s insolence. Well. If she was rude, it was no more than he deserved.

“Where is she?”

“Your grandmother is in the drawing room.”

He stalked up the stairs and down the corridor, and Beth followed on the heels of his polished boots. If he meant to confront the duchess about taking on Beth as a companion, she intended to be there.

Ignoring her, he walked through the drawing room, directly to his grandmother’s side.

“Alexander! What a pleasant surprise!” the older woman cooed.

He placed a perfunctory kiss on her cheek and sat on a stool opposite her settee so she needn’t crane her neck to look at him. Beth stood beside the duchess, who perked up, as though the mere presence of her grandson was more potent than a drink from the Fountain of Youth.

“You grow more handsome each time I see you,” the duchess proclaimed.

“Your eyesight is failing, Grandmother,” he teased, causing her to giggle like a debutante.

“Nonsense.” But she adjusted her spectacles just the same. “I assume you met Elizabeth?”

“Yes, she was in the foyer when I arrived. Does she always guard the front door?”

The duchess’s smile faded a fraction. “Why, heavens no. She was fetching my shawl.”

Realizing she still held the shawl, Beth clumsily laid it over the duchess’s sloped shoulders.

The duke leaned forward and reached for the duchess’s frail hands, enveloping them in his. “Grandmother, your lady’s maid could have handled the task.”

“Oh.” Her brow creased. “I suppose you’re right. But Elizabeth didn’t seem to mind.”

“Of course I don’t mind,” Beth interjected, incredulous.

“My point is,” the duke continued to address the duchess without sparing so much as a glance for Beth, “that you are not in need of a companion. But if, for some reason, you felt that you did require one, you should have consulted with me.”

Beth gripped the back of the settee and pressed her lips together. Honestly, the man’s arrogance knew no bounds. Though it wasn’t her place to respond, she couldn’t idly stand by while he scolded the duchess.

“Your grandmother is quite capable of making all sorts of decisions on her own, your grace. Furthermore, even if she had been inclined to consult with you, circumstances made that quite impossible, as you were not here. In fact, I gather you are rarely here. Which is why my presence is necessary.”

The duke dropped his grandmother’s hands and stood, launching the full force of his glare at Beth. She hadn’t liked being ignored, but perhaps it was preferable to this—his unapologetic scrutiny. Her skin tingled with the knowledge that a fight was imminent, and she swallowed the knot in her throat. She might as well have been facing Goliath with a slingshot.

“Necessary?” He folded his arms across the considerable width of his chest, and his expression turned bemused. “I have made sure that the duchess has everything she could possibly need. You are approximately as necessary as the ostrich feather in that vase.” He inclined his head at the pretty, if superfluous, plume displayed on the fireplace mantel.

The duke’s words cut her to the quick—probably more than he knew. She’d thought the duchess needed her, but maybe Beth had only been desperate to believe she did. That someone did.

“Alexander!” The duchess pressed a hand to her chest. “You mustn’t insult Elizabeth. She is here as a favor to me.”

A moment of awkward silence ensued before the duke finally spoke. “Forgive me, Grandmother.”

However reluctant his apology might have been, the duchess relaxed, instantly mollified. But then, she hadn’t been deemed as useless as a discarded feather—of a flightless bird, no less.

“It’s quite all right. I’m certain you’re weary from your travels and eager to freshen up,” the duchess said.

Travels? For heaven’s sake. His country house was less than an hour away by carriage, and even a journey from Northumberland in knee-deep snow couldn’t have excused his bad behavior. Besides, he didn’t appear weary to Beth in the least. He was all lean muscle and coiled strength. He fairly exuded power.

“I do have some pressing business to attend to.” He glanced at the gold clock that was also on the mantel—ornate but infinitely more utilitarian than the ostrich plume beside it.

Beth bit her tongue. He’d been gone a fortnight, and yet he couldn’t afford to spend a quarter of an hour conversing with his dear, adoring grandmother?

But the duchess smiled, unperturbed. “I trust you’ll be dining with us tonight?”

“If I’m able,” he said noncommittally.

“Wonderful.” The duchess clasped her hands. “I think Elizabeth and I should rest so that we’ll be at our very best.”

Beth sniffed. The duke was hardly deserving of her best. Given his churlishness, he’d be fortunate if she managed to refrain from hurling her peas at him for the duration of the first course.

“A fine plan,” the duke said smoothly. “Why don’t you retire for a nap, Grandmother? In the meantime, I require a word with Miss Lacey.”

A chill ran the length of Beth’s spine.

“Oh?” The duchess looked from the duke to Beth and back again. “Whatever for?”

The duke smiled, revealing white, even teeth. “We seem to be off to a rocky start. I wish to make amends.”

“Then I shall leave you.” The duchess stood with an alacrity Beth hadn’t known she possessed and made her way to the door. “You are two of my favorite young people,” she said over her shoulder, “and nothing would make me happier than to see harmony restored to this house. I shall see you at dinner,” she added cheerfully.

And with a wave of her hand, she left Beth alone—with the notorious Duke of Blackshire.

He stared at her for the space of several heartbeats, with the same cold detachment one usually reserved for examining a hem in need of mending. Not that the duke would concern himself with a torn gown hem. No, if rumors were to be believed, his interest in gowns was strictly limited to their ease of removal. Still, she refused to be intimidated by either his scandalous reputation or his intense masculinity.

“Elizabeth Lacey.” He gazed at the ceiling as though searching his memory. Beth wanted to tell him not to waste his time. While they’d attended a few of the same balls, he was unlikely to remember a thin girl in an unfashionable gown propping up the wall near the refreshment table.

“Aren’t you one of Lord Wiltmore’s—?”

“Wallflowers?” she provided. “How kind of you to mention it,” she added dryly.

He raised a dark brow. “I was going to say ‘nieces.’”

She shrugged. “Perhaps. But you were thinking ‘wallflowers.’”

“I am fascinated by your uncanny ability to know what I’m thinking. If you can predict what I’m going to say before I say it, this whole conversation is rather pointless.”

“I couldn’t agree more,” she said, smiling too sweetly. “Are we through?”

“Not quite.” The feral grin that lit his face did not reach his eyes. “I’ve no doubt you know what I am about to say, and yet I feel the need to state it explicitly: your services are not needed here. Go home, Miss Lacey.”

Copyright © 2017 by Anna Bennett

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pub Date: April 4, 2017

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