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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Book Review: Into A Million Pieces by Angela Cook

Hi everyone!

I've gone missing for a couple of days, but I'm here now! I've been very busy with graduation, my birthday event as well as my move to Singapore. Yep, you read that right. I moved to Singapore, so I wasn't able to blog. It took quite some time to pack as well as settle in considering the other things I had going on, like I said, graduation. As I'm writing this, I am already exhausted. I'm very sleepy, but I had a little time so I thought I'd make this now. I've finished the book 2-3 weeks ago and I've read it a second time this week, I just couldn't write about it sooner. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Genre: Paranormal
Goodreads



Synopsis:
"Allison McKready is a succubus. So is her twin sister. But while Allison spends her summer break hiding in the library behind her Goth makeup, Jade fools around as often as she can. Allison can’t believe Jade would ignore their mother’s fatal example so recklessly, but concealing a cursed bloodline and its dangerous effects is far from Allison’s only problem. Mean girl Julie’s snob mob is determined to ruin her summer, and Aunt Sarah’s Bible thumping is getting louder. Only her new friend, Ren Fisher, offers safe haven from the chaos of her life.

When one of Jade’s risky dates leads to humiliation and sudden tragedy, Allison reels, and Ren catches her. But as her feelings for him grow, so does her fear that she’ll hurt him—or worse—in an unguarded moment. The choice is coming—love him or save him—but Allison might not live to make it. One way or another, the curse will have its due."


My Review: 
I have to commend the author because I was honestly very entertained by the book. I wasn't sure about it during the first chapter though. I wasn't sure if I would like the book. I was interested when I read the synopsis, but I just wasn't hooked yet. Come in a few chapters and I already got hooked. I like that there was humor, the kind that makes me laugh out loud or chuckle. I also liked that it involved heart-wrenching moments.  

The characters and the plot was unique. This is the first time I ever read about a story about a succubus, especially a love story involving one. Surprisingly, I loved it. It was something different from stories I usually read. It's not exactly something that is very different in terms of genre, but character-and-plot-wise, it is.

I also really liked the characters. I liked Jade and Allison and their personalities. They are very different even though they are twins. I do believe that sometimes twins really do contrast one another. Once you read further down the story though, you'll see they are more alike than they think, than you think. I also really like Ren because of how he easily makes me believe that he's this really nice guy who tries to look at a person for who he/she really is.

This book is unpredictable. When I got to around the middle of the story, I thought I knew what will happen. I was already expecting a certain outcome. I thought I had it, but apparently, I did not. Regarding Jade's actions, I didn't think it will lead to that. I was so confident about what I thought will happen next, I didn't think about what actually happened.

Overall, this is a very good read. Surprisingly, I found it better the second time I read it. I was also able to better appreciate the first few chapters. If you are looking for a unique, but good book to read, this is it! I really did enjoy reading it and I think that most people will. This books makes you feel happiness, sadness, pain, anger and love. It makes you feel so many things for not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters.

Note: I'm not sure if the story has a sequel, but I'm hoping it does. I will be waiting for it to come out. Angela?

Straight up 4.5 Stars!

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About the Author



Angela V. Cook lives a very unexciting, but never boring, life with her husband and two children just outside of Detroit. Like most writers, she's been making up stories for as long as she can remember and can't imagine a life that doesn't involve creating worlds.

Angela loves to write novels for teens because it's the best outlet for her sarcastic personality, immature sense of humor, and love of romantic firsts. Her idea of the perfect day involves a quiet house, a good book, and a piece of cheesecake. Or two.

For more information, visit www.angelavcook.com

Thanks for reading! 
Hugs,
-J
Publisher: Jes Alysa - 7:05 AM

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Release Blitz: Fading Away by Dannielle Wicks

Hi All!
I'm very excited to help announce that Fading away is now available! It looks very interesting. I feel like this is definitely going to be a good book.


Fading Away

Hardest Mistakes Book 1

by Dannielle Wicks

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC


Release Day April 7th

Amazon: Kindle: Buy HERE

Amazon: Paperback: Order Paperback HERE



BLURB:
"One night.
One stupid mistake.
Changes everything.

SAMMY STEVENS was tragically orphaned at the age of nine and sent to live with a foster family in the town of Miakoda Falls.
She’s constantly bullied at school by the arrogant, selfish, one and only… KAI JORDAN.
Kai is your typical entitled teen who’s on the verge of attending a university and having everything he ever wanted handed to him.
But all that changes when he is involved in a car accident after a night of partying…
He’s suddenly and painfully brought into the world of the supernatural.
Kai turns to the last person he ever would’ve expected, Sammy, as he struggles with his new identity and watches the people closest to him move on. And he is forgotten.
As Kai and Sammy grow closer, Kai must figure out a way to either fight to stay human or risk being stuck forever, as a prisoner of his own body…"


Excerpt:
-- My door swings open before I reach it and I smack into a naked chest.

“Oh. Sorry.” My face heats up in embarrassment. Kai smirks down at me and walks past. “Hey! 
Where are you going?”

He doesn’t stop as he looks over his shoulder. “I heard Ashlee leave.”

“Kai! Come back here!” I yell and follow after him down the stairs and into the main hallway. “You can’t just walk around the house. What if Ashlee comes home? She’s not going to knock; she’s just going to walk in. This is her house. Besides, she said she would be right back.”



Kai stops so suddenly I nearly collide with him again. “You worry too much, Sammy.” I narrow my eyes. He’s started calling me by my nickname. I’m not sure if I’m okay with that.

“Aren’t you cold?” I challenge, referring to his naked top half. Not that I’m complaining, but I know for a fact he owns a t-shirt and it’s like minus a million in here.

A brilliant smile lights up his face. “Nope.”

As if on cue, the front door clicks open and Ashlee shuffles in, hands full of plastic bags. “Sam! I’m back with the Chinese! Get your butt down here!”

Kai turns to me, silver eyes wide. As soon as Ashlee rounds the corner from the front door she’ll see him. “I told you,” I whisper frantically as I drag him into the small hall closet.



“Sam?” Ashlee’s voice sounds so close, she must be just outside the door. I exhale a heavy breath as her footsteps echo up the stairs away from us. The light seeping under the door makes everything look dark grey. I realize then that my hands are pressed up against Kai’s bare chest and he has his arms wrapped tightly around me. We both let go at the same time and look away.

“I understand why I’m hiding in the closet,” Kai whispers, his breath tickling the hair on top of my head. “But why are you in here with me?” I glance up to see his quirked eyebrow, and scowl at him, pressing my lips together tightly.

“Shut up! I didn’t exactly have time to think this through, okay?” His quiet chuckle echoes through the small space, I narrow my eyes in annoyance and twist to stare at the gap under the door.



I can feel the heat radiating off Kai’s skin. I slowly lift my head to look back up at him. He’s gazing down at me with his mouth slightly open, his silver eyes glitter in the dim light. The atmosphere becomes heavy and tense, crackling with electricity; I’m caught in his gaze, slowly leaning closer to him. His hands come up and barely brush my arms. I inhale a shaky breath and take a half step back, biting my lip. My back hits the wall of the closet with a soft thump, breaking the spell. Kai’s eyes widen and he looks away quickly.

“I should get out there, before she sends a search party.”

He nods, still not looking at me and I move to open the door.



“I’ll save you some dim sum?” The corner of my mouth lifts in a small smile; I grasp the door knob and slip out of the closet. I shut the door behind me with a snick and lean back against it, shaking my head. What was that? Pushing off the door, I walk down the hall into the kitchen to find Ashlee… --


Author info:

Dannielle Wicks currently lives in the town of Kingaroy, Queensland in Australia. She is a TV show nerd and lover of cars. She has always had a love for writing, even in school. She used to hide her writing notebook inside her textbooks just so the teacher wouldn’t notice what she was up to. She loves reading, especially paranormal romance. When she’s not writing or working, she competes in Speedway Sedan Racing across the state.

Links:
Twitter - @DwicksAuthor


Thanks for reading !
Hugs,
-J
Publisher: Jes Alysa - 7:01 AM

Sunday, April 5, 2015

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Games: Risk of Rain Review

Risk of Rain is a rogue-like RPG dungeon crawling game made by Hopoo games and published by Chucklefish that gets quite hard the longer you play with its set of 12 characters (on the day I'm making this) that have unique skills. You'll be quite amazed by how you can be of help in multiplayer there is couch co-op, an online multi-player and a huge arrangement of items with special abilities.  You can play single player where the game gets quite hard. Me and my friends like playing this game with it having just 12 characters. It's quite fun and the game is continuous so you can play the game for like 7 hours. The enemies in the game are just like the final bosses from most RPG game.


It gets harder the longer you play and the game can be completed in just an hour so. You can just play it again and I would never forget about my favorite character in the game, Sniper. He is the only ranged character that has to reload but the most helpful character in the team [for me at least] and the hardest to master. The game is good, but is still getting updates by the developer so more stuff for you to enjoy if you like hard games. I definitely recommend this to you if you like Rogue-like games.


The game is Php319.95 on Steam and is one of my favorite games.
I'll rate this game 5/5 (12/12 Characters) Denkai aprroves



Buy it from: Steam
Publisher: denkai aisato - 9:34 PM

New Contributor: Denkai Aisato

Hello Everyone!

I'm very excited to announce that there will be another contributor in this blog. He is my real life younger brother and he will be writing about games and a few books. I thought it will be a great way to train him in writing English articles.



He wanted to introduce himself to your guys!

"Hello there
I, Denkai Aisato, will show you the amazing world of Gaming. I'm a new writer in this site and i hope
that you'll check out what I have instore for you guys. I would mostly write about indie games or games that have small communities. Sometimes I would post triple A games like Call of Duty or Final Fantasy. I will be showing you something different from the mainstream games that you see.
I will be showing you different game genres from multiplayer,rpg,retro,etc. On some occasions I will be posting about manga,manhwa and some other books. See you then!"

I just wanted to introduce him to you guys! More posts two come! I hope you'll support his posts as you have supported mine.

Here's a cake to celebrate!

Thanks for reading!
-J

Publisher: Jes Alysa - 9:17 PM
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BookTalk: Spoilers: Ravished by Ayden Morgen

Hey Everyone! 

I've recently been working on several "BookTalk" posts, and I decided I'll be publishing this one first. If you didn't know, this post will be something like a spoiler filled post. If you'd like a spoiler free post on this book, kindly check my general book review for it here: Book Review: Ravished by Ayden Morgen. I made BookTalk, because I wanted to talk about certain events in the book and share feelings I have for certain events that could spoil the book for other readers. 

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I received the ARC in part of a book tour, which is my last post, as you can see here: Book Tour: Ravished by Ayden Morgen Excerpt + Giveaway. If you haven't seen it, make sure to check it out first.

As part of the tour - 50% of all sales will be donated to the Love146 charity to end child trafficking and exploitation the first week of the tour. Then 10% to Love146 and 5% to a Woman's Shelter in the US from then on. I think this is a great cause! You wouldn't just get a nice book to read, but you'll also be able to help people out. 


Note: Mature content below. If you are not comfortable looking at such content, kindly check my other posts instead! Thanks!


RAVISHED (The Teplo Trilogy)
By: Ayden K. Morgen
Publication Date: 04/05/15
Genre: Erotic Romance/Suspense
Pages: 432    

Buy it here!

Synopsis:
"When Tristan Riley drags Lillian Maddox onto the dance floor at Teplo, he intends only to protect his cover… at least that's what he tells himself. But the lovely Lillian would tempt a saint, and Tristan is far from a gentleman. Beneath the bright lights of the Vetrov family's dangerous club, the weary DEA agent finds himself captivated by the ballerina, coaxing them both into a reckless, erotic encounter.

But Tristan isn't prepared for the intense connection between him and Lillian, or for the fallout of their tryst. In a matter of days, their lives careen wildly off course, catapulting them both into a deadly game of hide and seek with the Vetrov family and one of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels.

Trying to keep his hands to himself while working alongside Lillian to stop Anton Vetrov's deadly new drug proves almost impossible for Tristan, but what choice does he have when being with her might get her killed? He should know: his entire family was murdered by people just like Anton.

When the stakes are raised and innocent lives are lost, will Tristan be able to let go of the guilt, or will he destroy his chance at happiness with Lillian before it ever truly begins?"

Spoilers Below:

"Death, it seemed, didn't care if she regretted her choices or wanted to make amends"
Well, that was quite a prologue wasn't it? I thought it started out great because it already started with quite an action. It already had me asking who exactly is Kalani and Paulo? What will be their relevance in the story? 

I then find out Kalani is one of the many faces who is embedded into Tristan's mind as he tried to take down the ruthless Vetrov family. I felt so sorry for Tristan. The moment 

"Tristan wanted her to be the innocent, out of place woman she portrayed"
She was! I was furious at Tristan for what she did to Lillian. I think the thing that made me hurt for her most was how he implied that she deserved to get her leg broken. How could he say that? Even if she broke the guy's heart, she did not deserve getting her leg broken like that. I can't even imagine how much pain she went through because of it. I did not like Tristan one bit that time. The moment Jason was talking about how she had a file with a red flagged address, I just thought she couldn't be part of it. I thought the worst scenario was that she was a Vetrov herself. Stretched, but I cannot believe she's manipulating him. In the words of Zoe, Tristan, you stupid, stupid man. 

"Duty. Responsibility. Some days, he hated that either mattered much to him."
Yup! Tristan was a man of Duty and Responsibility. I thought it makes him a lot more manlier! It also makes him that much more dangerous [physically and emotionally] for Lillian. I love books where characters struggle so much for each other, and this book wasn't an exception. I loved the whole, 'Tristan didn't know what to do about Lillian' as much as I hated reading about how much pain they were in. If he was just any normal guy, I'd think he was too moody and complicated to be liked and even loved by the heroine, but the author makes him into this hero-like guy who has his priorities in life. Priorities that get in the way of his personal life! Gosh! 

"Zoe opened her mouth to argue and then shook her head and stomped off toward the kitchen muttering under her breath that if they killed each other, she wasn't cleaning it up. She'd just step over their bodies and go stay with her parents."
I just had to put this in here! I thought Zoe was adorable! They were in such a serious situation, but she makes me giggle because of her actions. I would love to read about her and Jason's story after the trilogy.

"But sometimes, the end justifies the means. They did what they had to do to keep people alive, and let the courts sort out the rest."
It does. There is always the exception to the rule. I thought these agents were good men. They try and keep people alive, even when those people are drug addicts. They are to be blamed for the choices they made, for using drugs, but their lives shouldn't be discarded because they made mistakes. 

"This was her life dammit, and she was done rearranging it because he was an ass"

"Tristan eyed the wall-to-wall shelves of books and DVDs, the uncomfortable looking furniture, the photographs spread across the wall, and saw nothing but her determination and persistence, and his own selfishness."
I really like Lillian. She is this strong beautiful woman who knows how to work hard to get what she wants. Unfortunately, she was part of a world that broke her dreams down. It was very true what she said about her world before. The people that surrounded her wanted fame or fortune. She just wanted to dance, but they spoke behind her back, or they talked badly about her. It happens in real life. I doubt it will ever change. People throw rocks at things that shine, as one of Taylor Swift's songs would say. 

"Duty. Responsibility. Lillian"
That done it! He is as some people would say, moody, egotistical, annoying, hot tempered, too secretive and a-pain-in-the-butt, but he is also caring, sensitive, scared man who has this terrible past. I can't even talk about how he might feel/think growing up after learning why his parents died. What I do know is that he loved Lillian. I know it. Jason knows it. Zoe knows it. He knows it. He can be very troublesome, but someone he keeps making up for it. They way he went back and forth with Lillian was annoying as hell, but it is forgotten or at least set aside when he starts describing how he feels about Lillian. 

"You do this shit because you feel like you have to do it. Because you were a thirteen-year-old kid and your parents were murdered. And that isn't your fucking fault, but you punish yourself anyway. You feel guilty because they were coming to get you or because you survived or who the fuck knows why you do this to yourself, but you drive yourself insane with this shit because you think that's what you deserve"
This is probably one of the things that made me feel sad for Tristan. He grew up doing the things he did, choosing the job he has because of what happened in his past. I understood why he's this hard-shell Lillian can't easily break open. He was hurt so much that his whole life revolved around that one tragedy... until he met her that is. 

I felt like the story was really good because they were caught up on exposing the Vetrov family and stopping the drugs they plan on shipping internationally, but like what I said in my general book review, it stalled a lot while they were trying to gain access to the storage room in Teplo. I felt like I just kept reading about Tristan and Lillian's intimate moments. I would have loved to get to read more action now. 

Also, I noticed how I never really got to read about Lillian's friends after she got home. They were so caring about her. They knew how much trouble she got into with Tristan. He broke her door! She was left crying and to top it all off, there was the talk with Jason in the hospital. I just felt like they were suddenly out of the story, even when they were like an important part in Lillian's life. I also thought I wasn't going to be able to read about Lillian's father. At least I feel like something more will go on involving him in the following books, 

Lastly, I got so excited about the sneak peak in the end. I felt like that was very important for me to want to read the next book as soon as possible. I've been waiting for Tristan to finally tell Lillian about his feelings. He was such an *ss when he made her go home and wait for him. I just feel like book 2 is going to be a lot better than the first one. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I feel like I'll get more action there [Vetrov vs Tristan?] or maybe because I'll be reading about Tristan's admission that he loves Lillian, I don't know. What I do know is, I hope the author finishes it soon because I'd like to read it. 

This was a 3.5 Star read!

Thanks for reading 
-J
Publisher: Jes Alysa - 10:27 AM
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Book Review: Ravished by Ayden Morgen

Hello!

Like I promised, here is the book review for Ravished by Ayden Morgen. I finished the book faster than I thought, so here it is now. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I received the ARC in part of a book tour, which is my last post, as you can see here: Book Tour: Ravished by Ayden Morgen Excerpt + Giveaway. If you haven't seen it, make sure to check it out first.

As part of the tour - 50% of all sales will be donated to the Love146 charity to end child trafficking and exploitation the first week of the tour. Then 10% to Love146 and 5% to a Woman's Shelter in the US from then on.

Note: Mature content below. If you are not comfortable looking at such content, kindly check my other posts instead! Thanks!


RAVISHED (The Teplo Trilogy)
By: Ayden K. Morgen
Publication Date: 04/05/15
Genre: Erotic Romance/Suspense
Pages: 432    

Buy it here!

Synopsis:
"When Tristan Riley drags Lillian Maddox onto the dance floor at Teplo, he intends only to protect his cover… at least that's what he tells himself. But the lovely Lillian would tempt a saint, and Tristan is far from a gentleman. Beneath the bright lights of the Vetrov family's dangerous club, the weary DEA agent finds himself captivated by the ballerina, coaxing them both into a reckless, erotic encounter.

But Tristan isn't prepared for the intense connection between him and Lillian, or for the fallout of their tryst. In a matter of days, their lives careen wildly off course, catapulting them both into a deadly game of hide and seek with the Vetrov family and one of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels.

Trying to keep his hands to himself while working alongside Lillian to stop Anton Vetrov's deadly new drug proves almost impossible for Tristan, but what choice does he have when being with her might get her killed? He should know: his entire family was murdered by people just like Anton.

When the stakes are raised and innocent lives are lost, will Tristan be able to let go of the guilt, or will he destroy his chance at happiness with Lillian before it ever truly begins?"

My Review:
First, the book is written in third person POV. It focused on Tristan and Lillian. I thought it was written beautifully, but it could have been better if it was written in 1st person POV. Don't get me wrong, I thought the story was detailed and strong. In my opinion though, it was written in such a way that a lot of times, you'd read a certain line where it would've been better off read from a character's mind [him/herself thinking out loud to read] than off of a 3rd person as the narrator.

Second, the characters were well written. I thought each character had a solid background that is consistent with all their actions throughout the story. I thought that they were likable and contained a certain personality that compliments one another. I thought Tristan's personality complimented Lillian's because of their similarities when it comes to determination, courage, as well as fear. They somehow also compliment each other because of the differences in background. One was a DEA agent, while one was a disabled ballerina. I thought one had this outward strength while one was strong inside.

Third, I thought the story was quite interesting. I've enjoyed the pace from the start till the middle of the story. I thought around 3/4 of the way it was a little stretched. The events in the story were almost halted because it focused on the two main characters. I keep waiting for the day something happens because they were so caught up in this certain problem in the story, but I keep getting disappointed after having to read another sexual scene after the other. I thought maybe the author wanted to focus on the relationship of the two main characters. It was fine to do so, but the story dragged on without much progress.

Overall, I think the book deserves more credit, because the story really did entertain me. I thought it was a good read, but I would have to wait for the next part of the story in the next book. The main problems in the story were left hanging for the next book to answer it. The author was able to capture my attention because of the story. I was excited for a lot of action to happen, which did not happen yet, though I have much hope for the next book. I am very excited to read about how they'll solve their current problem and how much trouble and worry they'll place in my heart because of Tristan and Lillian.

I would have to give the book 3.5 Stars!

Thanks for reading <3 nbsp="" p="">-J

Publisher: Jes Alysa - 9:08 AM
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Book Tour: Ravished by Ayden Morgen Excerpt + Giveaway

Hello Everyone! I'm part of another book tour and this time, it's Ravished by Ayden Morgen. I am very excited to be part of this tour. I would like to point out that it will be part of a good cause. The author will be donating half of the sales in the first week of the tour, so it is important to support her most at that time. The tour is until the 18th and I'm very happy to say I'm one of the first group of people to blog about this. I hope you do support this cause and I thank you for checking out today's post. Kindly make sure you come back tomorrow because I will be posting my book review as well as book talk about ravished. 

Note: Mature content below. If you are not comfortable looking at such content, kindly check my other posts instead! Thanks!

We are so excited to host the Blog Tour of Ravished by Ayden K. Morgen. 



As part of the tour - 50% of all sales will be donated to the Love146 charity to end child trafficking and exploitation the first week of the tour. 

Then 10% to Love146 and 5% to a Woman's Shelter in the US from then on.





RAVISHED (The Teplo Trilogy)

By: Ayden K. Morgen

Publication Date: 04/05/15

 Genre: Erotic Romance/Suspense

Pages: 432        






Summary

When Tristan Riley drags Lillian Maddox onto the dance floor at Teplo, he intends only to protect his cover… at least that's what he tells himself. But the lovely Lillian would tempt a saint, and Tristan is far from a gentleman. Beneath the bright lights of the Vetrov family's dangerous club, the weary DEA agent finds himself captivated by the ballerina, coaxing them both into a reckless, erotic encounter.


But Tristan isn't prepared for the intense connection between him and Lillian, or for the fallout of their tryst. In a matter of days, their lives careen wildly off course, catapulting them both into a deadly game of hide and seek with the Vetrov family and one of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels.


Trying to keep his hands to himself while working alongside Lillian to stop Anton Vetrov's deadly new drug proves almost impossible for Tristan, but what choice does he have when being with her might get her killed? He should know: his entire family was murdered by people just like Anton.


When the stakes are raised and innocent lives are lost, will Tristan be able to let go of the guilt, or will he destroy his chance at happiness with Lillian before it ever truly begins?


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Excerpt

"I need you naked. Now."

Lillian froze as soon as the frantic confession left his mouth.

"No," she said, no longer pulling him close but pushing him away. "No, Tristan. Let me go."

"Shit." Heat gave way to ice in an instant.

His arms slipped from around her as soon as her feet were on the ground. She stumbled and then righted herself, one hand pressed to her mouth and her eyes wide and wary in her flushed face.

Tristan cursed at that look. "Lillian, I'm-"

"No." She shook her head, her hand still pressed to her swollen lips. Her expression hardened. "You don't get to kiss me like that, Tristan. You don't get to rile me up and then walk out. I won't-" She gulped, practically babbling. "You can't just… Not again."

"I'm not going anywhere," he said, looking down at her. "I'm not going to-"

"Not going to what?" Her eyes flashed, daring him to answer that question.

"I'm not-" He wanted to tell her he wouldn't walk away, but he wasn't so sure that was true. He wanted her, but he wouldn't fuck her when she'd only regret it, and she would have regretted it. "It's not you," he told her instead, wishing he could take back the ill-advised words the moment they left his mouth.

Lillian flinched as if he'd struck her, her face paling beneath the flush in her cheeks. "Not me?" She laughed, the sound jagged and harsh, angry. "Right."

Way to go, you moron, he cursed himself.

"I want you, Lillian. That hasn't changed." He blew out a breath, frustrated that he couldn't seem to think straight around her, let alone find words to explain why he kept walking away from her. "I just-"

"You want me, just not enough." Her wide, angry eyes met his, held for a moment, and then darted away. She ran a hand through her hair, fingers catching in snarls he'd helped cause. "Fine. What happens now?" The faint tremble in her voice screamed that he'd hurt her.

"I want you more than I did the first night," he said, ignoring her question. They weren't doing that shit, avoiding the issue until one or the other of them snapped. Christ, his blood still boiled. His mind was clouded by her scent, her taste. And yet again, she got it all wrong, assumed he didn't want her enough when the problem was that he wanted her too much. But he didn't want her to hate him, and he certainly didn't want her to regret what he'd do to her when she finally gave in to him.

"Do you trust me, Lillian?" he asked instead of trying to explain.

She took another shaky breath and then cursed and squared her shoulders. Her expression firmed into one of cool resolve. "No, I don't trust you. And I'm not sure I even like you."

He nodded once, refusing to give in to the little ripple of hurt threatening to shoot through him at her answer. It wasn't like he hadn't expected that truth. Hell, wasn't like he didn't deserve it, either. "I want you, Lillian. I want you against that fucking wall." He jerked his chin in the direction of the wall in question. "I want you bent over the table by the door. On the floor. In your bed. In mine. Across the street in the middle of the dance floor. Anywhere you'll let me and every way you'll let me." He looked at her, letting her see exactly how much he meant that.

She swallowed, her wide-eyed gaze darkening, held captive by his own.

He took a step toward her, reached out and tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. Sparks sizzled and popped where his skin met hers. He let his arm drop slowly, dragging his fingertips down her cheek and onto her neck before shoving his hands deep into his pockets.

Pitching his voice low, he killed them both with words and one long, heated looked. "I want you panting, moaning, and screaming until you can't move, baby. But I'm not going to fuck you when you'd just regret it later. When I take you to bed – and I do mean when, Lillian, not if. When I take you, you're not going to regret sleeping with me. You're going to know exactly how much I want you, and you're going to beg for it."


Author Bio
Ayden lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart and husband of ten years, and their five furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social and public services field. 

Ayden also writes Young and New Adult fiction under the penname A.K. Morgen.

You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, or via her website at http://aydenmorgen.com. You can learn more about her YA/NA fiction at http://akmorgen.com.


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