Friday, September 20, 2019

Archangel's War by Nalini Singh


Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, faces a new challenge that threatens the balance of the world.

Wings of silver. Wings of blue. Mortal heart. Broken dreams. Shatter. Shatter. Shatter. A sundering. A grave. I see the end. I see...

The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed... far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient.

At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough...

This war could end them all.

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“We watch,” the Primary said. “We protect.”

But things were altering in front of them, a faint glow emanating from where the aeclari had been before the filaments obscured both Raphael’s body and Elena’s chrysalis.

Beyond the balcony doors now partially covered with the snow silk of the filaments, the Bluebell turned. His eyes widened at seeing the ocean of filaments, the glow. But before he could open the closed doors, a familiar voice entered all their minds.

Leave now. It was an order from an archangel. Clear the skies above. Empty the land around. GO.

The Legion were moving even as the last word echoed in their minds. They were Raphael’s Legion, Elena’s Legion, and they had been given an order. The Bluebell wasn’t Legion. He was one of the Seven. Unique. With his own mind.

Torment wrenched his features, but he inclined his head, and the Primary saw him form the word, “Sire.”

All of them moved.

The Bluebell dropped to the grass, then ran inside the house.

The Legion broke into four parts and swept the area. Winged beings were already flying toward the river at high speed, their faces stark and their jaws determined. The Legion dropped down in front of cars moving on the nearest road. The cars were not so close to the aeclari’s home, but the archangel hadn’t said how far to clear.

When the first two cars halted with a screech that caused a burning scent to rise to their nostrils, the Legion wrenched the doors open and hauled the startled vampires out. A group of the Legion rose into the air, two to a vampire. Another group found four humans in a third car, a vampire’s cattle heading home. The scared cattle whimpered at being taken by the Legion but didn’t struggle. Neither did the vampires after they saw the angels racing from the Enclave to the water.

Golden light poured out from the windows of the aeclari’s home.

Many of the angels streaming over the water held vampires or humans in their arms, getting their households out of danger. The Bluebell was one of the last to fly out of the Enclave, and though the Legion did not speak to many outside of the aeclari, they spoke to him: Are the aeclari’s people safe? This was important. The Legion knew. The aeclari had bonds to those who lived in the house.

Yes, I got them out. The Bluebell, who could fly faster than the Primary and sometimes raced with the cars of the Blade and the Viper, fell off the cliff with his wings licked by a golden light so bright that it was difficult to face. In one hand, he held a large rectangular thing, in his other items they recognized.

Several of the Legion flew to him, and took the things. They did not understand things, but these were linked to the aeclari in their mind. We will fly them to the Tower.

Most of the angels kept on flying toward Manhattan, and those of the Legion that carried vampires or mortals kept on going, too. But the Primary turned once he was over the center of the river, as did those of his brethren who flew only their own bodies.

The Bluebell halted in front of them, the silvery blue of his wings spread and his face awash in the burning golden light that had turned the river to gold.

And the light, it grew, and grew, and grew.

Until at last, the light was so bright that it became fire and even the Primary couldn’t bear it and threw up his arm in front of his eyes. The last thing he saw was an intense white brightness.

© Copyright 2019 by Nalini Singh




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This is the book where all the pieces of this epic series come together in a breathtaking finale. It’s a single sitting read and I’m not sure I remembered to breathe, let alone move as I devoured every last page. All the characters, all the plot threads of the past eleven books explode into an unforgettable immortal battle.

It’s almost impossible to review this without spoilers. I will say that the focus is once again on Raphael and Elena – but the scope of this story is huge and every character from every previous book is present. While there have been several contained paranormal romance (PNR) stories within this series, this one is definitely urban fantasy (UF). It’s a story about the power struggles between archangels and ancients that spiral out of control, bringing chaos and death to every part of the planet. And it is a story about the brave but unlikely warriors who step up to defend their world.

This might be the best book Nalini Singh has ever written and I love the mix of action, politics, romance, and friendship in this story. With eleven books building the background to this epic adventure, it manages to be genuinely epic in scope without losing any heart or humanity. We know all of the characters intimately and my heart bled with each injury, each death, and each setback. I love that this is darker UF than we’ve seen in the series before – though some PNR fans might need a bit less blood and a bit more of a happily ever after. It goes without saying that this story won’t stand alone but I promise that fans of the series will absolutely love every moment of this terrifying adventure.


Erica☆☆☆
Spoiler-Free review, where I don't discuss the plot itself, rather how it was delivered.

Archangel's War is the 12th installment of the Guild Hunter series, and it goes without saying that it cannot be read as a standalone.

Archangel's Prophesy ended with one doozy of a cliffhanger, where readers were eager with trepidation to discover the fate of Elena and Raphael.

The beginning portion of
Archangel's War had me on the edge of my seat, pages turning at a rapid rate, evoking true emotions within me, as I watched Elena emerge from her chrysalis and transform into who she would become. Dmitri, Illium, and Raphael's emotions as Elena was revealed. The deep connection between Raphael and his Seven, as well as Elena to her friends and family. I was beyond pleased with how the story was unfolding, and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into the meat of the story.

That meat of the story took me nearly ten days to read, when ordinarily I read a book by Singh in half a day at most, because I always need to know what happened next. In the case of
Archangel's War, it was just too much, too soon, with no development or time to process what was occurring on the pages, to the point I lost interest with what I was reading.

After this amazing beginning, the novel turned into a Travel Guide of Destruction, devoid of emotion or humanity. From a half page to two pages at most, each chapter break jarred me from the story itself, the scenes not truly developed as the beginning was.

A sentence here or there to explain away why there was no humanity written on the pages, no emotional connection between the characters. A page and a half to traverse the whole of China. A blink later, they're back in New York. Half a page, we're visiting Raphael's mother, with the turn of the page, we're at a destroyed village or helping another archangel's vampire, then a passage later, back to Raphael's mother. A heartbeat later, one of them is on another continent.

The scenes did not flow together, without even a prompt to explain how they got from point A to B. Yes, I am a reader who never wants over-description, where I don't need to know what happened in the journey from the bathroom to the kitchen, but we're talking about going from New York to China here, where the last dialogue read was "we need to go to China and check it out" and suddenly the reader is teleported to China. It was the in between that creates a fluid, cohesive story and it was missing.

A page and a half to describe what happened to entire villages of human beings, siphoned into empty husks, left as nothing but dust, or left to walk the earth as blank zombies. They deserved more than being a footnote, as did the rest of what occurred. A half page, maybe only a sentence or paragraph to describe how the landscape froze over, the ocean was nothing but glowing light, or some other unnatural act of destruction of the cascade continued to wreak havoc. Followed by a paragraph or two of Elena taking a bath or a fade-to-black smexy scene with zero steam.

No aftermath, no humanity, no showing how everyone in those areas picked up the pieces. It was meaningless in the large scheme of things, since it left a meh/shoulder shrug, because we were on to the next event and the next and the next and the next. Three to five events could have been a book, any more than that, it's overkill, where the reader is desensitized and the characters' voices cease to matter.

I felt apathetic as page after page of events happened, because I could have easily skipped twenty-page sections and not been lost as to what was currently happening, then another twenty-page section, and another.

It was jarring, fractured, chaotic, and not a smooth, organic read, devoid of emotional connection and destructive to character development. It read as a detailed plot outline, scenes not developed, just a truncated few lines to describe an entire chapter, and onto the next and next.

There was so much going on that there was no way to digest it, not without a break of everyday events that connected the reader to the characters. It was literally something new every few pages, before anyone was able to come to terms with the previous twenty events.

There is fast pacing, but then there is paragraph chapters, where even the act of clicking to the next chapter tugs the reader out of the story, and several of these chapter breaks were in the middle of scenes, attempting to leave a chapter on a dun-dun note of tension, only it wasn't as if it was a cliffhanger, since what happened next was literally on the next page. Instead of amping up my excitement, it left me feeling disinterested, as it was a manipulation tactic that backfired.

Simply adoring this series and the world and characters Nalini Singh has created, I needed to feel the hope, joy, fear, anger, sadness, grief, and the love and intimacy of friendship and connection between mates. Singh delivered all this and more in the beginning, everything that I've come to expect from the author... I only wish that would have transferred to the rest of the novel.




New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the frozen landscapes of Antarctica, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. You can contact her directly through her website. While visiting the site, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter for up-to-date news about both the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, as well as fun exclusive extras, including free short stories set in her worlds.

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The Evolution of Love by Philip William Stover


When a charming but misguided account manager gets stuck on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands with his hunky zoologist ex, he might rediscover his true passion—in and out of the bedroom.

After art school, Mike Davis gave up on his dream in favor of a stable job. But when he gets an opportunity to teach wealthy travelers how to paint stunning sunsets, it seems like the perfect break. Until he finds out he’ll be sharing a suite with his ex, charismatic Benton Aldridge—a British scientist cuter than the baby animals he studies. Mike makes it clear he has no intention of getting back together with Benton, but sharing a suite makes it almost impossible keep his distance.

As they climb over volcanic peaks and swim with manatees through sparkling jade-colored water, can they also heal past wounds and take the next step in the evolution of love?

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

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Sarah☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars

This is a sweet, gentle romance. With most of the story taking place on a genteel cruise ship, the book feels like something from a more gracious time and place. Think Agatha Christie without the murders.

This story is told from Mike’s point of view. An artist who has shelved his dreams for corporate job security, he is gently coerced into teaching art classes on a cruise. What he doesn’t know is that his ex-boyfriend will be the cruise’s resident wildlife expert. The Mike we meet at the start is a little grey, a little bland, and he seems to be lacking a personality. In contrast, Benton is all charm and charisma – and he fulfils every stereotype Americans seem to have of Brits.

I really enjoyed Mike’s journey and the way he grows into himself in this book. However, I still have a few reservations about Benton. I had to roll my eyes at most of Benton’s ‘British’ affectations and more importantly, I really hated his controlling streak. Surely if he truly loved Mike, he’d attempt to understand Mike’s very valid reasons for choosing a secure job. He isn’t all bad though, and by the end of the story, Benton’s charm (and a few other attributes) did finally win my admiration. This is a dignified, low heat read and although Mike and Benton are supposed to be quite young characters, their voices feel formal and quite dated at times. Neither character feels like a believable Millennial and they didn’t quite come to life for me in this story.

While I enjoyed the story, I didn’t always enjoy the writing style. A good edit would have tightened both the pacing and the story arc – as it is, I quickly grew weary of the many passages itemising the mundane details of Mike’s life.



Philip William Stover splits his time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and New York City. He has an MFA in writing and is a clinical professor at New York University. As a freelance journalist, his essays and reviews have appeared in Newsday, the Forward, the Tony Awards, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Houston Chronicle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other national publications. For many years he ghosted for an international best-selling women’s fiction author. He has published multiple middle-grade novels for Simon & Schuster and was the American Theater critic for About.com.

He grew up tearing the covers off the romance novels he devoured so he wouldn’t get teased at school. Now he enjoys traveling the world with his husband of over twenty years and would never consider defacing any of the books he loves.

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Fated Hearts by Garrett Leigh Blog Tour


He’s not a wolf.

Devastated by the death of his best friend, Zio is a soldier with one thing on his mind: revenge. Consumed by a conflict that’s raged as long as he’s been alive, he’s had little time or inclination to learn the legends of the shifter world he was raised in.

And he certainly doesn’t have time to deal with a shifter of a different kind, even if it’s for the good of the war effort. For the good of his pack. The fact that he’s already crossed paths with the new face in his unit is almost irrelevant.

Almost.

Do no harm. Give life not death: it’s the oath Devan was reborn to live by, so when he’s sent abroad to embed with a wolf pack as their resident healer, he doesn’t hesitate. In the supernatural world, some bonds are instant—soldiers become brothers, pack become family. But others run deeper and before long, Devan’s at the mercy of instincts he can’t control.

Zio’s inner wolf is desperate to be with Devan, while Devan struggles to keep the pack safe. But as the war escalates, and new love is tainted by anguish and pain, the battles within might prove the toughest of them all.

I won’t let him die.

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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
It's a war-torn world between the shifters/weres/vampires, and the humans turn a blind eye as long as they aren't involved in the fallout. There is peace between most factions, with the exception of the northern and southern wolf sectors – this peace is maintained by not taking sides as those two factions continuously duke it out amongst themselves.

The northern faction just lost their healer, a tactical maneuver from the south. Maintaining their pact, Devan is sent to become their new healer, as that is what he was trained to do. Think first, heal those wounded though his own natural affinity with the magic he creates and in the world around him, as well as give another perspective than those who are always battling can give. Wise. Compassionate. Empathetic. Firm, almost to alpha degrees.

Zio is a young wolf, not born that way, nor changed when he mated with another. An accident as an infant, where looming death was intercepted by his alpha. His personality is brazen, a weapon without a safety on the trigger. He's aggressive, grieving over Emma, the healer they lost.

A chance encounter in a club adds loads of angst, the push-pull of frustration and animosity, almost to love-hate levels. Forbidden romance is thrown into the midst as the war wages on, drawing political ramifications to the connection Zio and Devan feel for once another.

Read in a single sitting, I couldn't get enough of Fated Hearts, having to know what happened next. Even after I read The End, I wanted to get my hands on more in the series ASAP. There was a perfect balance, a blending of personalities, between Zio and Devan, complementing one another, lending an air of hurt-comfort to the other delicious dynamics of their relationship.

What I enjoyed the most, and it actually did my head in a bit, I saw Devan as a more submissive character – maybe the healer aspects of his personality. With Zio being the young pup who demanded to be in control. But that is not how it played out, and I was pleased by this. Devan is older, more worldly, and this helps Zio mature in the short while they're in each other's presence. The fact that the animal Devan shifts into sparks terror in the wolves, when he's a gentle sort (when not in his animal form) also amused me, because of this dynamic.

I highly recommend to those who are fans of the author and shifter romances, and I cannot wait to read more in this series.


Angie☆☆☆☆
Zio and Devan were steaming hot from the get go. LUST, LUST, LUST. While the world building was good in this book, I wanted more Zio and Devan. I wanted less pack BS and more Zio and Devan. See a theme here? This book was good, and any fan of the author will love it. I love paranormal books and when two main characters are total opposites, I love it even more. Highly recommend this book.


Veronica☆☆☆☆
Fated Hearts is set in the world of shifters and as a reader, it isn’t a world I enter often. But once I started reading Fated Hearts I didn’t want to stop. Zio is a young wolf and a soldier, fighting a war that has been ranging for many years. Devan, a healer and a shifter, joins Zio’s clan when their own healer is killed.

The connection between Zio and Devan is so strong right from their very first meeting and the desire and chemistry between them was captivating. Zio and Devan are dealing with new and strong emotions swirling around them in the midst of war. It seems that there are more important things than their overwhelming need to be together but staying away from each other just isn’t possible.

The danger and violence of the war Zio and his clan are fighting had me feeling like I was only a page away from something terrible happening. It kept me on the edge of my seat and there were times the action had my heart racing.

If like me, you don’t often read shifter stories I highly recommend giving Fated Hearts a go. It is a fabulous story that will suck you right in and I honestly loved it. Fated Hearts is the first book in the Shadow Bound series and I hope the author doesn’t keep us waiting long for the next one. There are clearly many more stories to be told about Zio’s clan and I am looking forward to reading them all.




Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at
Black Jazz Design, and co-owns the specialist stock site M O O N Stock Photography with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert


A lasting connection needs more than simply surviving a winter together—they’ll have to outsmart danger, let down their defenses and open their hearts.

Owen Han has a fresh lease on life—he’s kicked cancer’s ass and is roaring through his bucket list. The former investment banker hopes to find his next challenge in Alaska, volunteering alongside park rangers and fulfilling his childhood dreams of snowy winters and rustic life. Of course, those dreams did tend to feature big strapping mountain men in vivid detail…

Ranger Quilleran Ramsey would like to be anywhere other than dealing with newbie volunteers. And really, the only thing he needs less than a green volunteer “partner” is the flirty attentions of a buff city boy who doesn’t look ready to last a week, let alone an Alaskan winter. They’re all wrong for each other, even if Quill’s traitorous body enjoys the flirting more than it should.

As the weeks pass, the two snowbound men give in to temptation. But can their seasonal romance last until spring? For them to have a future together, each will have to trust the other… while hoping that the harsh elements and omnipresent dangers don’t destroy what happiness they’ve found in the moment.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

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Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I think this is my favourite in the series so far! When Owen volunteers to spend a winter in an Alaskan state park, he doesn’t expect to share his winter with a gorgeous, and very closeted, park ranger. At first, Owen’s bubbly personality and impressive outdoor skills don’t seem to have much of an impact on the surly ranger. But as the winter gets colder, Quill starts to thaw and something special flares between the two men.

As with all of these books, I love the beautiful Alaskan scenery. This one is an exciting read and I loved the details of Quill and Owen’s lives in the park. From mountain rescue to avalanche response to plowing walkways and parking lots, this story introduces a life I’d never considered before.

The best part of this book are the characters and the unlikely relationship between the out-and-proud financier from San Francisco and the antisocial Alaskan mountain man. It’s a slow simmer of heat and attraction set against an icy backdrop and I loved every moment. I love the fun and play that Owen brings to Quill’s life even as Quill teaches Owen about his life as a park ranger. There is a balance to their connection and this was a complete pleasure read.


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Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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The First Step by Shira Anthony


The first step is the hardest. After a scandal, New York political reporter Reed Barfield is lying low at the North Carolina coast, writing a story about the seafood industry. But it’s the harbor pilots on the Cape Fear River who capture his interest—men who jump across ten feet of open ocean to grab a rope ladder and guide huge container ships into port. Men like sexy but prickly Justin Vance.

After surviving an abusive childhood and a tour in the Navy, Justin isn’t fazed by his dangerous job—it’s certainly easier to face than Reed’s annoying questions. Justin isn’t out at work, and he doesn’t need Reed digging into his personal life or his past.

But Reed’s no stranger to using his considerable charm to get what he wants, and as he wears Justin down, they realize they have a lot in common—and that they like spending time together. Moving beyond that, though, will mean Justin confessing his sexuality and learning to trust Reed with his secrets—if Reed even decides to stay. Both men want a future together, but can they find the courage to take the first step?

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Sarah☆☆☆☆
This is such an exciting romantic read. I loved learning about the harbour pilots, and I found myself completely fascinated with both Reed and Justin’s lives. Add in a hurricane and a fabulous North Carolina setting and I completely devoured this book. For me, this is the perfect mix of romance and action and I really loved the characters in this story.

Most of this story is told from Reed’s perspective and I love that he’s a bit of a hot mess, especially at the start. He’s got great reporter instincts but very little sense of self-preservation. He’s easy to love but he takes a few too many risks. In contrast, Justin works an incredibly dangerous job but everything about his life is carefully controlled. These two balance each other beautifully. I like that they’re both a bit older than the usual romantic leads and I love the slow burn, relatively low heat romance that simmers between them.

As always, Shira Anthony’s research is wonderful. I learned so much about Justin’s job and life in North Carolina. So, while the romance is a gentle slide, there is so much action in this story. I was hooked from the start and I really enjoyed the read.



SHIRA ANTHONY was a professional opera singer in her last incarnation, performing roles in such operas as Tosca, Pagliacci, and La Traviata, among others. You can hear Shira sing an aria from a live performance of Puccini’s Tosca by clicking here: “Vissid’arte

Shira’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle. When she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. Her favorite place to write is at the Carolina coast aboard Land’s Zen, a 35’ catamaran sailboat, with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.

Whether contemporary romance, high fantasy shifters, or time-traveling vampires, Shira writes what she loves and never writes a story without a HEA. Her Mermen of Ea trilogy book Into the Wind was named one of the best books of 2014 by both Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words and Hearts on Fire Reviews, and was a finalist in the 2014 Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards. Her Blue Notes series of classical-music-themed gay romances was named one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words’ best series of 2012, and the most recent book in the series, Dissonance, was named one of the best books of 2014 by Hearts on Fire Reviews. Her book A Solitary Man, coauthored with Aisling Mancy, won a 2016 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller

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No Saint by Rie Warren Release Blitz


To him, she’s absolutely irresistible. To her, he’s nothing but bad news. When their fates collide, the only thing they have in common is destined to tear them apart.

SAINT

With a rap sheet about as long as the inked sleeves on my arms, I’ve been a misfit with a questionable track record. But I’ve fought for and found a home with the Blood Legion MC. Through thick and thin, brawls and bloodletting, I’ve created a rep: I’m the man.

I’m the man, and Honoré’s the only woman I want. This obsession with her is irrational and stupid considering she’s prickly, pissed off with me before I can even make a move, and definitely not my type. Except the beautiful New Orleans street busker takes my breath away—all untapped passion simmering just beneath the surface.

Something much darker simmers just beneath the surface of her life too.

HONORÉ

Being someone’s old lady is the last thing on my mind. Been there, done that, along with the obligatory bourbon shots, random ink, and riding bitch on some guy’s bike. I can’t slip away from my life, or spare time for a surly biker who has crawled under my skin and rattled my last nerve in a sexy, delicious way.

Saint. As if. I’ve known my fair share of outlaw MC dudes, and not a single one of them was anything close to righteous. I want to hate him and everything he stands for, but he’s ridiculously hot. He’s annoyingly persistent. And he’s surprisingly kind.

There’s no way I can sacrifice all I’ve fought for to be with him. When Saint brings danger to my door, it’s only a matter of time before my secrets spill over to rip us apart.

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I raised to sitting, the top of my dress still barely covering both beaded nipples and little else.

My hands roamed up Saint’s jean clad legs, and his muscles flexed beneath my fingers. When I reached the waist, I tugged him closer to me. The line of darker hair bisecting the planes of his stomach and the arrows of deep muscle from his pelvis were just teasing glimpses of what lay lower, beneath the faded denim.

Peering up at him lids, I rubbed my cheek against the long hard length of his cock. “My turn.”

Eyes slanted down, he groaned. “I didn’t bring you here to blow me.”

My fingers at the tabs of his jeans, I opened the next one. “I want to.”

Quickly plucking the rest of the buttons free, I pulled the fabric wider.

All I could see was the nest of hair framing the wide base of his cock that throbbed with veins.

“Off. Take these off!” I tugged hastily, my mouth already watering.

With one of his wicked grins, he finally complied. Not one ounce shy, he kicked off his last article of clothing and stood there in front of me, all bold muscular masculinity... no apologies, and no apologies needed.

I felt limp with wanting him, especially when my gaze roved from the strapping sinews of his legs to his... to his cock.

He was fit. Hung. Huge. Inked.

And that long thick dick was... pierced.

Ohhhh.

Another trickle of juice drizzled from my slit as I imagined Saint—big, pierced Saint—driving up inside of me.

Precum slickened his completely erect, completely huge cock, and the Prince Albert piercing gleamed too.

I perched closer, dress still hiked around my naked waist. “You’re pierced.”

His head notched down, he nodded once.

“You’re big.”

“Touch me,” he ordered in a rugged voice.

My hand on him, I tried to encircle the hot male flesh.

His cock stood rigidly upright against his abs, and I anchored the heavy rod down slowly. Another drop of precum drizzled from the bloated crown to my fingers.

Saint grunted, rocking closer to my face.

Every muscle in his body tensed, and I ran my tongue over his clear jism, taking his essence into my mouth. Then I set my lips against the underside, rubbing my lips all over the turgid veiny flesh.

I loved the taste. I loved the heady musky smell.

“I’m gonna suck you now, Saint. And if you say no again, I’m going to tie you up.”






Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the third book in the series; I would say that you would understand the dynamics of the motorcycle club (MC) and its members much better if you have read them in order. The first two deal with an ongoing issue that affects the whole MC and are very moving reads. Here we deal with Saint's personal past, and his hoped for future!

Honoré is an unlikely match for Saint, but wait until you find out more about her ex... she is a classically trained musician, who chose the bad boy, and has had to curb her plans ever since as she is now a mum. As both she and Saint hide part of themselves, their possible relationship is on sketchy ground, but little did they realise that there was even more hidden from both of them.

It was fun catching up with the gang and their change in fortune, although it certainly softened the wildness that one expects from an MC. However, once they had caught up with Saint's problems they gave the hipsters that drink in their bar something to talk about – loved the continuing joke about the cocktails that they serve them!

A surprisingly sweet and sexy read for an MC story, will be interesting to see what happens next to this group of reformed hard cases.


Sarah☆☆☆
This is another steamy, action-filled read about the Blood Legion MC. Ex-con Saint isn’t exactly the perfect match for classically trained musician Honoré and he’s probably not the most promising role model for her young son. But Saint and Honoré fall hard and fast for each other while holding tight to the secrets in their pasts. When they finally are forced to come clean to each other, they find themselves in an impossible situation.

Honoré, like Mercy and Grace before her, is another victim of domestic abuse and rape. I have to say that I’m getting a little bit tired of all the violence against women in these books and I’m really ready for another fierce female character like Blaize from the X-Ops books. Honoré is a mother who must protect her son from his violent father. Like Angel and Slade before him, Saint is immediately infatuated with Honoré and he’ll do just about anything to make her fall for him.

This is a very steamy read, but some of the flirting and dirty talk between Saint and Honoré hits the wrong side of ridiculous. The writing of the sex scenes hits somewhere between hyperbole and full on melodrama – entertaining in a giggling about naughty books in a school dormitory kind of way.

It’s difficult to sustain the badass reputation of an MC when previous couples are loved up and having babies. I never really enjoy the move from Outlaws to playgroup dads at this point in a series and I really hated some of the super cute scenes in this book. This is totally a personal preference but I’m not sure why anyone would choose to read biker romance for the cute dads and adorable pregnant women. I read this kind of romance to escape the mundane domesticity in my own life and I just find the happy biker family happily ever afters irritating.


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Badass, sassafras Rie Warren is an OG Amazon All Star author of Bad Boy books and MC romance. She delivers five-star sex, suspense, and the best banter around. Her stories are one hundred percent original, do not contain fluffy plots or virgin brides, and wring every last emotion from readers to leave them with a satisfied smile. Rie’s tough alpha males are never brought to heel, but are instead healed by the feisty femme fatale of their perfect match.

She grew up in Maine, went to college in Iowa (Iowa, what?), lived in Scotland, and married in Englishman. In true roundabout fashion, they came back to the States, settled in South Carolina’s lowcountry, putting down southern roots and pursuing their arty endeavors. Tale spinner and character diviner, Rie is a lover of sleep, wine, and rude memes often involving either Disney characters or Winnie the Pooh. She is raising two teen daughters along with an entire brain full of unruly characters.

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