Friday, October 20, 2017

Sleeper by Lexi Blake Blog Tour


When Neil’s past catches up to him, Kelsey must choose between her new family and an old love…

With tensions rising between the Council and demonkind, Kelsey finds herself investigating a series of murders that threaten the fragile truce between them. If she can’t stop these killings soon, they could ignite a fire sure to burn the supernatural world down.

Unfortunately for her, Kelsey’s problems don’t stop with a pile of dead halflings. Her connection with Marcus is frayed at best, and Gray hasn’t been heard from in months. Her only semblance of peace comes from a new man in her life. When Gray storms back into the picture, her love life goes from incredibly complicated to apocalyptic.

Just as Kelsey begins to unravel the mystery, the forces of Heaven decide to take an interest in her actions. Outclassed with these powers in play, Kelsey knows that one misstep could leave the human and supernatural worlds in ashes.


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“Your Highness, please back away. In fact, it would be best if you left the room altogether.” Felix put himself between me and Roberts. “Kelsey, I need you to push her down. Push her back down for a few moments. Marcus will be back soon and he’s going to take care of you. Being around those angels unsettled you. I don’t know if you noticed, but at the end of the meeting, your ward fell off. You didn’t have it on when Oliver shook your hand. He’s unbalanced and now you are, too. It’s like a contagion for someone like you. Oliver’s illness has called up your inner wolf and she’s angry.”

“Perhaps if I touch her,” Henri began. “I’m an academic. I don’t have the same connection she has with Marcus, but I might be able to help.”

“I’m not unbalanced.” It didn’t matter that my hands were shaking and they had been ever since I’d left the angels behind. “I’m going to talk to the wolf whether you like it or not. He’s been handling silver. It’s the only reason his hands wouldn’t have healed. Even then, a couple of hours would have done it. Unless the freaking silver he held came straight from Heaven. What about it, Roberts? How did you spend last night?”

The wolf was shaking his head. “I don’t know.”

That wasn’t an answer I was willing to accept. I was about to explain that to everyone when Chad stepped up and got in my face.

“I’m taking him out of here now,” Chad explained. “You’ll let me or we’re going to have trouble.”

I was ready for trouble. I was fairly sure I grinned, the idea of fighting a vamp lifting my spirits high. For the first time in what felt like hours, I went still. “You’re not going anywhere.”

Chad turned, his shoulders squaring, and I felt the world begin to bend around me. Chad belongs to one of the rarest classes of vampire—the magicians. As far as I knew, he was the only one walking the night at this time. He could form illusions so real you could taste food, feel imaginary rain on your skin, utterly believe whatever he wanted you to believe. I’d come up against him before. I might be one of the only people in the world who could see through him.

“It won’t work,” I said calmly as reality seemed to go dark and I heard the hissing of snakes all around me. “Do you not remember what happened the last time you pulled this shit on me? It took three tranqs to take me down. I don’t think you have those on you today.”

“I won’t need them.” Chad lifted his hand and the world shifted.

“Holy shit,” Casey said, climbing up on his desk. “What the fuck is happening?”

Snakes were happening. They were crawling from the woodwork, twitching and hissing my way. The fibers of the carpet beneath my feet lengthened and formed more snakes until they were a menacing mass, threatening everyone in the room.

Well, except for Chad, who had lifted his husband into his arms and prepared to take him away.

I let my wolf loose a bit. She knew this was all an illusion. That primitive part of my brain that Chad was accessing, the lizard brain that merely wanted to survive, was taken over by the wolf inside me. The alpha wolf didn’t want mere survival. She wanted to dominate, and that meant seeing past fear, trusting her instincts over what her eyes perceived.

The minute I opened the door, I felt her surge through me.

“I’m not letting you go. I can’t. I’m conducting a murder investigation, and I believe your boy here just became my prime suspect.” My hands twitched, eager for a fight, and I realized how long it had been since Marcus and I had thrown down.

Too long. Remember that whole thing about needing sex or violence to feed my inner wolf? Well, she was hungry and there was a whole lot of violence in Chad’s eyes.

I welcomed it. I could feel the need rise like a wave threatening to engulf me. This was why I had a trainer in the first place.

I gritted my teeth because Chad turned on his power. I could feel those fucking snakes climbing my legs and sinking their fangs into me. I refused to pay any attention to them despite the fact that I ached to rip the fuckers off me and toss them aside. To do that would have given the magician more power. If I bought into it, if I took my eyes off the only thing in the room that was real, I would end up like Casey, who was screaming like a girl.

“Let me pass, Hunter,” Chad said.

I stood my ground like the good Gandalf I was. Except I kind of wanted to shove my nonexistent staff right up old Chad’s ass, and then we would see if he sent snakes my way again.

The anger rose, rapid and quick, a flash fire coursing through me. I didn’t even realize when I had reached for the fireplace poker. All I knew was it was suddenly in my hands and I was going to use it. I could see myself shoving that piece of wrought iron right through his heart. It wouldn’t kill him. I would need wood for that, but then again, I didn’t want the fight over so quickly.

I raised the poker, ready to start.

“Stop it, both of you.” Donovan stepped in between us, but I didn’t care at that moment. I hadn’t felt this way in forever, not since Marcus had taken me in. I hadn’t been so out of control that I didn’t care who I hurt as long as I got to hurt someone. I would fuck up Donovan, too. All that mattered was seeing blood, feeling bones crush.

“You see, I told you she’s far gone and I can’t fix her anymore. I’ve called Gray and he has an idea of what to do,” Marcus was saying.

I wasn’t listening.

I started to bring the poker down Donovan’s way, but I was stopped in mid swing. A hand held my wrist, an arm going around my middle and hauling me back against muscled flesh.

“Stop it,” Trent growled in my ear. “You stand down right this second.”






Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F/M Shifter Romance Mystery
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This series just keeps getting more and more interesting! I love all of these characters!

You still have the main character, Kelsey, who is trying to figure out how to save her plane as well as protect her father's soul. That mystery is compelling and intriguing, if not slightly frustrating too. I want to know the answer to the mystery, but it has been relegated to the next book (hopefully).

Then you have Gray and Trent too. They come together to help Kelsey become more grounded. Not only are the scenes between these three sexy, it shows that both men are willing to do whatever they can in order to have Kelsey with them. And even when Gray and Trent don't always see eye to eye, they still try to put Kelsey first, which is amazing.

Gray has a lot of drama in this story, but the twists and turns throughout made this story fantastic.

I can't wait to see what happens next!


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I’m now totally obsessed with this series! In this third book, we see Kelsey continue to come into her powers as she attempts to prevent an apocalyptic war between heaven, earth, and hell. This third book has a little less action and focuses a little more on the political maneuvering between various groups – though it ends with a spectacular battle.

In this story, Kelsey moves further away from monogamy as she becomes part of a ménage of sorts. I feel like Kelsey’s personal development and her reason for needing multiple partners makes her a little too similar to Laurel K Hamilton’s Anita Blake at times. However, Kelsey is a more pragmatic character who gets shit done with much angst. For much of this book, Kelsey is determined to sacrifice herself to save another character. While it’s a chivalrous decision, it also feels a little bit selfish and she becomes irritatingly unreasonable as this storyline continues.

I love the men in Kelsey’s life more and more with each book. Trent the werewolf, Grey the demon, and Marcus the vampire all bring unique strengths to Kelsey’s life. In this story, the women also come into their own. A new story arc opens up with Zoey, the Queen, and her daughter at the centre.

I really love this series. Like all the best Urban Fantasy, it makes me stop and consider the world around me. The world building gets more complex with each book – this one introduces angels – and I love the way the author draws on mythology and lore from various traditions to create her own unique world. I love the whole cast of characters and I like that the supporting characters grow and develop alongside Kelsey and her men.




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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Resisting Hunter by Rachael Orman Release Blitz


Who knew life could change so fast? I certainly didn’t.

At 25 years old, I discover that I have a twin sister who I never knew about. We’ve been raised in completely opposite worlds, but that doesn’t stop us from bonding once we learn of each other’s existence.

However, I’m not quite sure how to handle my sister's adopted brother, Hunter. He is the sexiest man I have ever seen and he is determined to get me into his bed.

If I give in, I will be putting the budding relationship with my sister at risk.

I refuse to give in.

WARNING: Sexually explicit scenes. Intended for audiences 18+ years.

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My steps faltered when my eyes landed on the man standing in front of her. He was speaking in a tone so low I couldn’t hear what he was saying. He hadn’t yet spotted me so I let my eyes feast on him an extra second longer. Bulging muscles stretched the sleeves of the t-shirt he was wearing. Not too much, but enough to show he worked out. Broad chest. Long legs encased in jeans that showed off his thick thighs. I finally forced my eyes back to his face only to discover he was now looking directly at me.

His forehead creased, his eyebrows drawing together. Clearly, he wasn’t happy to see me. The mouthwatering arms I had just been admiring crossed over his chest as he followed each step I took that brought me closer to him. His dark hair was pushed back from his face on top and short on the sides. Thick eyebrows and dark lashes emphasized his magnificent blue eyes. Even with his lips pursed in a tight line, he was jaw-droppingly handsome.

An aura emanated from him. One that let everyone know he was powerful, demanding, controlling. He wasn’t the type of man to back down from a challenge and he always got what he wanted, no matter the cost.

He was intimidating and intense even without speaking a single word — and I wanted him. What would it be like to have a man like that? Would he hold a woman down and fuck her hard and fast? I was willing to bet he would. Thoughts of all the wicked things we could do together had my panties growing damp and my nipples pushing out, begging for attention.



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Mary☆☆☆☆☆
Dylan works as a hairdresser, saving every extra penny to open her own shop one day. And at 25, it is a good dream to have. But learning that you have a twin sister is something that can throw your world into a spin if you are not careful.

Cora is the twin sister, raised by a family with money and given every opportunity. She also has two brothers and both were adopted. While Cora wants to learn everything about Dylan and share her life with her, Dylan is finding herself being drawn to Cora's brother, Hunter.

Hunter is the type of man that uses women, throws them away after he gets what he wants. And he wants Dylan, but he isn't sure what it is that is pulling them together. Can they spend one night together and not get burned?

This story was a rollercoaster ride for me because Cora had my head spinning. She was all over the place, didn't understand or didn't care that Dylan had to work. Always wanting to go shopping, where Dylan hated it because she didn't have the extra money to spend. But I guess that is the difference between someone who grew up with money and someone who didn't.

I loved the idea of this story, Dylan dated but didn't find the right guy. Then she finds him and he happens to be her long-lost sister’s brother, go figure. But the story is really good and will have you in tears by the end. I need book #2 NOW please.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Dylan is a hard working woman who has a dream of owning and running her own salon someday. She scrimps and saves all of her money in the hope that this dream is on the horizon. When she works on an annoying bridal party, she is in for a major surprise... she's a twin and never knew.

Cora is naive, selfish, somewhat annoying and endearing all wrapped into a twin package for Dylan. Cora grew up around money – a very different life than what Dylan grew up with. While Dylan never wanted for anything, both twins are so different.

Then you have Cora's adopted brother, Hunter. Dylan and Hunter are pulled together by some unexplained attraction. You have some very steamy scenes and these two burn it up. But while you have their romance budding, you have family drama beckoning too.

This book has a whirlwind of emotions stuffed into it. I loved that you never really knew what Cora was going to do, even though sometimes, it was annoying.

I can't wait for book #2 and hope that it comes right away!


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆☆
I loved the premise of this book. A twin you didn't know you had and who seemingly won the lottery by being adopted into a wealthy family. Add in two adopted brothers and from the outside looking in, it seems to be a fairytale come true.

I loved how the author wrote Dylan, how she isn't overwhelmed by her sister's money, her family's importance, and how she doesn't hold a grudge against her parents for giving Cora up for adoption. Still, Dylan struggles to find a niche in Cora's world, and it’s made even harder by her attraction to Hunter, Cora's adopted brother.

As I finished part one of this book, I realized the old saying is true: Money can just about buy everything, but it can't buy happiness.



I am a happily married mother of two beautiful (and trying) little girls. We have two German Shepherd pups (2 year old and 7 month old) that are constantly getting into trouble and keeping us on our toes.

I am currently attending ASU for my Bachelor’s in Graphic Design, but I am an avid reader when I’m not writing a book of my own. Just like I write, I prefer hot, naughty and all out dirty books, but I also enjoy Urban Fantasy, dystopian and science fiction as well (as long as there is a little romance somewhere in them). I also love to volunteer anywhere I can to help those who are in need.


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Scored by Sloane Howell


He’s a player. But she’s about to score.

Opposites really do attract* as a sassy salesgirl turns a pro athlete’s life upside down in this supercharged standalone novel of seduction from the author of Bossed.


Kelsey

My mom would tell you I’m quite the catch, but since my last boyfriend, I haven’t been dating much. Maybe it’s my rocker style or my lack of filter that intimidates the boys. So I’m pleasantly surprised when Matt Stallworth waltzes into the indie record store where I work and gives as good he gets. Turns out Matt is a professional baseball player, which should mean he’s out of my league. But if he wants to hook up with me, he’s going to have to follow my rules.

Matt

After winning my MVP award, I learned that a guy can get used to having beautiful women practically throw themselves at you everywhere you turn. But everything changes the first time I see Kelsey Martin, and something just clicks. She’s hot, snarky, and whip-smart. I’ve got to see her again. Only problem is, she sees right through all my best moves. And I’m going to have to step up my game to convince Kelsey that I’m playing for keeps.

*And sexy times ensue—for mature audiences.


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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance

Kelsey and Matt are the typical “opposites attract” couple. It's a story that is written a lot and the twist in this book is that Kelsey and Matt love the same type of music.

Kelsey is a kind of quirky woman who I thought was more guarded than what we as readers, would have understood why. There were hints at something in her past, but nothing super concrete. I did find her reluctance to let Matt in a little tedious.

Matt is a pro-athlete and I did like his teasing personality. He was loyal to his friends, but he also was always wanting everyone to be happy around him. His relationship with his family is ideal and I love how he and his brother banter back and forth.

The dance that Matt and Kelsey do is the normal dance with the normal conflict. I enjoyed their relationship and they did tear up the sheets. I just wish that there had been some from Kelsey's perspective towards the end. The ending felt too rushed and despite the conflict, there wasn't really any dialogue about it – it simply was.


Lee’Anne☆☆☆
This one just really didn’t do it for me. I absolutely loved the previous book, Bossed, but this book doesn’t hold a candle to it. I don’t feel like you can read this as a standalone, the roles have already been established and I think not having read the previous book would make it difficult to get into.

Matthew is a baseball star who is highly sought after by both the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers. Texas has always been home for Matt but the Yankees are offering an outrageous amount of money to get him to go there. The decision about which team to go to literally drags out through the entire book and is one of the reasons I’m giving a low-star rating. Matt meets Kelsey and the attraction is immediate, but it takes a bit of convincing to get Kelsey to agree to a date. Once they begin dating though, things steam up very quickly and the story really picks up. Though Matt is open about having been a bit wild in his younger years, when Kelsey finds out the details she freaks out and ends things, prompting a domino effect of crazy decisions. Plus, the entire story pretty much revolves around Matthew not telling Kelsey about having the choice between Texas and New York.

My favorite part of this story was the epilogue – it really tied the story up nicely and was such a cute way to end the story. I wasn’t a huge fan of Kelsey’s character, she’s very wishy-washy with what she wants in life and was quick to jump to conclusions on several occasions. I like Matthew’s character though, he’s tough and he and his agent/best friend’s interactions had me cracking up. All in all, this was an okay read, it just didn’t really pick up until almost 50% through the book.


Ruthie☆☆
2.5* of just not fulfilling the promise of Bossed

Having really enjoyed Bossed, I kept reading Scored to the end, because I wanted to get to the bit which made it all make sense. If I am honest, it did not happen for me. I am a huge sports fan, and was pleased that this did not follow an often tread path of injury, drama, etc., but the item on which the whole plot kind of stuck was just a non-issue as far as I could see, and just didn't work for me. It was fun that Matt was the one who was so sure that Kelsey was his future, and that he had to make her understand that. I enjoyed that they both had a rude, sarcastic sense of humour. I loved that they were both such good friends to Jenny and Ethan (the stars of Bossed) and how they separated work from friendship.

Having looked at the average review score, I realise I am in a minority, but I tell it how I read it, and for me, this just missed the bat.


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Sloane Howell lives in the Midwest and writes hot romance stories. A former college baseball player turned author, he enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, traveling, and engaging his readers on social media. You can almost always catch him goofing off on Facebook or Twitter and trying to convince Mrs. Howell that it’s “work.”

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Manny Get Your Guy by Amy Lane Audiobook Review


Starting over and falling in love.

Tino Robbins’s sister, Nica, and her husband, Jacob, are expecting their fifth child. Fortunately, Nica’s best friend, Taylor Cochran, is back in town, released from PT and in need of a job.

After years in the service and recovering from grave injury, Taylor has grown a lot from the callow troublemaker he’d been in high school. Now he’s hoping for a fresh start with Nica and her family.

Jacob’s cousin Brandon lives above the garage and thinks “Taylor the manny” is a bad idea. Taylor might be great at protecting civilians from a zombie apocalypse, but is he any good with kids?

Turns out, Taylor’s a natural. As he tries to fit in, using common sense and dry wit, Brandon realizes that Taylor doesn’t just love their family—he’s desperate to be part of it. And just like that, Brandon wants Taylor to be part of his future.

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Length: 6 hrs, 16 mins
Narrator: John Solo

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Angela☆☆☆☆
Having loved The Virgin Manny, I was excited for the chance to review Manny Get Your Guy, the second installment in The Mannies series. Unlike Tino and Channing from the first book, the sparks that fly between Taylor and Brandon are not the good kind, not at all. While Brandon might find Taylor attractive, he does not like the idea of the recovering veteran taking on the position of manny for his cousin Jacob’s children. Mind you, part of his dislike for Taylor is colored by Jacob’s attitude, who is still angry with Taylor for leading Nica on all those years ago – despite that fact that Taylor’s coming out enabled Jacob to make his feelings for Nica known and led to their marriage and subsequent family. But it’s an easier excuse for Brandon to latch onto, rather than having to acknowledge his attraction to a man who could throw a wrench in his plans for his future.

I enjoyed getting to know both men immensely and getting to know more about Taylor, who we had met previously in The Virgin Manny. While it was nice to see that Taylor had indeed grown up a lot in the time between the two books, the circumstances that forced him to do so are quite sad and have done significant damage to the former playboy’s self-image. And it’s because of that, that Brandon not only has to overcome the wretched first impression he made, but he also has to fight against Taylor himself in order to build a friendship and move it beyond that. As with the first book, Lane does a wonderful job of weaving Nica and Jake’s brood throughout the story, making them important to the storyline without allowing the children to overshadow the budding romance between Taylor and Brandon. On the other hand, Brandon’s family left me wanting to skip parts on the second listen through because they were so freaking frustrating. Although his family didn’t turn their backs on him like Taylor’s did, Brandon’s family tied themselves in knots trying to shame him for being gay and making him feel unwelcome, while at the same time practically demanding that he give up the life he has and move home to help out his parents. And the stunt his mother pulls… AAAAARGH!!! I wanted to reach into my Kindle to smack some sense into the woman, all while giving her my two cents. I can only imagine how many different ways Lane wrote that scene to be far more scathingly satisfying, but in the end managed to rein it in so that it fit with the Dreamspun Desires theme. Well done, Amy Lane, well done.

Even though the Dreamspun Desires books guarantee a happy ending, it’s the journey that makes them so enjoyable, and Manny Get Your Guy is no exception. Making the audiobook experience even more entertaining is the solid and always impressive vocal performance by John Solo. The manner in which Solo brings the various characters to life makes it easier to keep up with who is who in the story. What complicated it for me were the FIVE children – Nica and Jake’s four and Sammy (from book one). But I don’t feel too bad about that because even Jake had a hard time keeping up with his four charges in the beginning. As much as I enjoyed how Solo made Taylor and Brandon seem so real, it was drunk Taylor who I enjoyed the most. Manny Get Your Guy was a wonderful addition to The Mannies series and I look forward to Lane and Solo’s next collaboration on the series.


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AMY LANE is a mother of two college students, two grade-schoolers, and two small dogs. She is also a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores fur-babies, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all. Her award-winning writing has three flavors: twisty-purple alternative universe, angsty-orange contemporary, and sunshine-yellow happy. By necessity, she has learned to type like the wind. She’s been married for twenty-plus years to her beloved Mate and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Safe and Sound by Caitlin Ricci


Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.

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Avid Reader☆☆
M/M Romance
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Oliver and Mason are a strange couple. I normally really enjoy Ricci’s stories, but this one just didn't do it for me. I thought that it was very truncated and stitched together. It was a disjointed flow for me.

On the one hand, you have a successful poly-type photographer, who enjoys his friends and then finds Mason attractive. However, he kind of jumps right into wanting a relationship due to his attraction, but doesn't really know how to get out of his current situation. When his current boyfriend does decide for them that it's time to end their relationship, he just assumes that Mason will be ready for him.

Mason has had a difficult childhood and a parent who seems totally checked out. However, when things come to head, she totally believes him, when before she didn't. It was too much of a 180 for me.

I just didn't or couldn't get into this story.



Caitlin began writing when she was in middle school but it wasn't until 2012 that she first got up the guts to submit something to a publisher. That first short story was accepted and later that same year she quit her job and became a full time author. She is forever grateful to her readers for giving her first short story a chance and for their continued support as well.

Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn't writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiancé and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.

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Timothy by Bailey Bradford


Tim Trujillo is about to learn a whole lot more than a few facts about his heritage as a snow leopard shifter.

All Dr. Tim Trujillo had in mind when he took the position with the Snow Leopard Conservation Programme in Mongolia was to see if he could learn anything about his heritage. Snow leopard shifters sure weren't native to Colorado, his home state, and though his family was learning more about shifters in general as various cousins found their mates, Tim wanted to know more about where his kind came from, and what made them the way they were.

He hadn't counted on destiny intervening in the form of one very fine snow leopard shifter. Otto Marquat is a native to the Land of the Blue Sky, as Mongolia was sometimes called. But there in a country so far from his own, Tim finds more than his heritage. He finds adventure, cruelty, friendship, pain—and love so strong and unbreakable it will turn his world inside out.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released by Pride Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release.


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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Shifter Romance and Mystery
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Tim and Otto are a great couple. You have the big guy, Otto, who instantly knows why he's attracted to the smell of a stranger that he sees on the street.

Tim is more academic looking and has always felt a little off kilter – he is small for his family and knows it. He has come East to find out if he can uncover more about his heritage. What he didn't expect was to find his mate.

I really enjoyed these two. I thought that they tore the sheets up, but it wasn't overly done. Also, the way that they worked together, built each other up, and protected everyone around them that they cared about was great.

I hope that Otto and Tim's friends get the next book, as I think it would be super funny.


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A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn't happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey's brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey's office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey's presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

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The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale


Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.

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Kris☆☆☆
3.5 stars F/F bisexual

I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. I enjoyed the premise and most of the story. I'm a sucker for musicians, and the touring with the band, the performances, the other bands and band members they encountered were all spot on for me. Sawyer and Vix (Victoria), however, fell flat. Which bummed me out frankly because I wanted to love them. They were sweet, Sawyer being new to touring and to coming to terms with being a lesbian, leaving conservative Julliard to tour with an alt-country band, had all the makings of a great coming of age/sexuality story. Victoria on her own was also an interesting enough character with her "do it on her own" attitude and her open bisexuality. The two together just did not give me the spark I hoped for. The steamy scenes felt bossy, unsexy and... instructional??? I know telling your partner how to best meet your needs is necessary at times, but this felt very clinical. Still, beyond that, we had the common problems of relationships within bandmates and the problems that brings, along with hurt feelings. So the story had good bones. I think the set up for the next book was enough to intrigue me to read on.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series, and I am already looking forward to book #2. Based around a band on tour, any lover of rock band romance will enjoy the mixture of song writing, green room shenanigans, and life on the road in a van!

In this book, there is a very acceptable level of context building, which gives us a delicious insight into Victoria and Sawyer seven years ago. It then brings us right up to date with the disparities between the two of them all boiled down to a summer on tour and a chance at love. Any open-minded, but uninformed reader will find the treatment of the issues of sexuality and expectation thoughtful and considered. I enjoyed seeing the position from different viewpoints, and the way that the women used music and lyrics to try and sort out their feelings and as a method of communication.

A sweet story, with plenty of potential for engaging future storylines.


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I loved this story so much! Avon Gale is one of my favourites and this story about a classically trained violinist who joins a rock band for a summer tour was an absolutely perfect read for me.

This isn’t a rock star romance. This is the story of an emerging band touring the country in a van, washing at truck stops, getting excited about nights in dodgy motels. The band’s existence is gritty and a little bit bohemian. I love watching new bands in small venues and this book captures the details perfectly – from the elation of a gig that goes well to the monotony of life on the road to the band’s frustration with a disengaged audience talking through their set.

The romance in the story starts with the secret crush Sawyer has had on the older Vix since high school. And then there’s a convenient hook up, an offer from Vix to teach Sawyer about lesbian sex. But beyond the hook-ups, Vix and Sawyer are becoming friends. They are making music together, creating together – and accidentally falling hard for each other. There aren’t any great romantic gestures – but I loved the mix of sexual chemistry and the ‘friendship caught fire’ feel to the connection between Vix and Sawyer.

I really, really loved the sex in this book. The connection between Sawyer and Vix is playful and fun but this story also celebrates the diversity of female sexuality in a way that I found moving (and very sexy). Avon Gale avoids the angsty, emotionally heavy conversations that tend to ruin most f/f sex scenes while also avoiding the ‘easy orgasm through penetration’ scenes that dominate most m/f romance. Sawyer and Vix are seriously hot together and I especially loved Sawyer’s delight as she explores her sexuality for the first time.

There are bigger themes beyond the romance in this story. At 21, Sawyer is at a crossroads in her life and she isn’t enjoying the life she has worked so hard to build for herself. Sawyer’s part of the story feels very new adult as she tries to find her place in the world and I loved the way her uncertainty plays out against Vix’s very fixed identity and her singular passion for her music.



AVON GALE wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it—even if it was a bit weirder than the other hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after—though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. By day, Avon is a hair stylist who loves her job, her clients, and the opportunity to spend her time being creative and making people feel happy and look fabulous.

When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music, or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (Tour Dates #1) by Avon Gale to read and review.