Monday, February 24, 2020

Angry God by L.J. Shen Blog Tour


From #1 Amazon Bestseller L.J. Shen comes a new, emotional standalone about first love, second chances, and overcoming breathtaking losses at a young age.

Vaughn Spencer.
They call him an angry god.
To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.
His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.
All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.
Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.
I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.
But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.
A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.
They say this place is haunted, and it is.
Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.
Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.


Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.

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“How good are you at keeping secrets, Lenora Astalis?” His voice wrapped around my neck like a noose.

I wanted to cough. I needed to cough. He terrified me. I hated him with the heat and passion of a thousand blazing suns. He made me feel like a scaredy cat and a snitch.

“Oh, yes. If you’re coward enough to pretend you’re asleep, you’re good enough to keep a secret. That’s the thing about you, Astalis. I can smash you into dust and watch your grains dance at my feet. My little circus monkey.”

I might’ve hated Vaughn, but I hated myself more for not standing up to him. For not opening my eyes and spitting in his face. Clawing his unnaturally blue eyes out. Taunting him back for all the times he’d taunted all of us at Carlisle Prep.

“By the way, your eyelids are moving,” he said drily, chuckling.

He straightened up, his finger making a brief stop at the base of my spine. He snapped his fingers, making a breaking sound, and I nearly jumped out of my skin, letting out a gasp. I squeezed my eyes tighter, still pretending to sleep.

He laughed.

The bastard laughed.

Was he sparing me for the time being? Was he going to check in on me from now on? Retaliate if I opened my mouth? He was so unpredictable. I wasn’t sure what my life would look like in the morning.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆
3 Frustrating Stars

Kinda Spoiler-Free Review (I'll try anyway, because I am frustrated)

Angry God is the third installment of the All Saints High series, which is the spin-off of Sinners of Saint series. Can it be read as a standalone with little to no confusion? Sure. Should you read it as a standalone? No. Should you read the Sinners of Saint series first? Yes.

Now, since those who haven't read the series first have now departed to go read it, that leaves everyone else who is up-to-date. So that helps eliminate spoilers, for the most part.

I was frustrated in a way that differed from the frustration I felt during Broken Knight. I five-starred every book in the Sinners of Saint series. I absolutely went crazy for Daria in Pretty Reckless (that was actually the first book I read by Shen, then read Sinners of Saint) but between Broken Knight and Angry God, I'm frustrated.

I can just excuse the irrational behaviors of the characters when they're 5, 12, 17, and 19. I can excuse how they don't make rational decisions, where it's all based on emotions, yet the author over and over tells me they are unemotional. Tells, but shows the opposite. I can excuse their criminal/abusive behavior when they're wrecked, so to speak. I can ignore the fact that there's always girls (all but the current and past narrator females) who are all mean girls, psychotic, yet no one ever stops them. They just run herd on everyone to a criminal degree, and not a single person stops them, not even the adults. What I could not accept is a 60 year-old father being used as the ultimate plot hole filler.

I was reading along, finding most of the novel completely irrational, without any true emotions dictated by the human condition, where if a person did X, usually Y is the reaction, sometimes Z, but these characters managed to do LMNOP. I accepted this because it's the genre, Shen's writing style, and I was addicted to the story spun. It frustrated me to no end, but it's the nature of the bully genre, so I rolled with it. Shock-value at its best, until it felt like it was at its worst.

Angry God begins with a 12 and 13 year-old Lenny and Vaughn, where I struggled to read but tossed it off to the fact that the narrator was 12. Then we're thrust into high school, where I didn't struggle to read. But it felt forced, rushed, where the characters weren't propelled by their traits but by the need to move the plot somewhere. Then it shifts again, to a college setting.

As I said above, I find Shen's novels addictive, but I won't just hand out a favorable review because of it. When I hit the 70% mark, where Lenny's dad was used as the ultimate plot hole filler again and again, a character just added to literally fill holes, because he was nowhere in the novel until he was needed, I actually shut my tablet down and just shook my head for a good few minutes out of pure frustration. The excuses made ZERO sense. What. So. Ever.

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The only parts I enjoyed yet found sickeningly fascinating were some of the darker times shared between Lenny and Vaughn, and that's because I could rationalize them being young and stupid and bent, yet found it interesting how virgins were so sexually evolved in the darker kinks. I was titillated. I was entertained. I read with fiendish delight.

Vaughn's past torment that shaped him into who he became was flawlessly executed, realistic, as was the predator's characterization. The rest was just all over the place. I will say, what happened to Vaughn was yet another instance of characters acting out of character. Baron and Em not noticing for a decade? Baron and Em, the ones who are fiercely intelligent and protective, completely ignorant and blind to their small child changing overnight? Baron and Em, not once thinking it bizarre that their son was so miserable, and didn't think they should I don't know... help him? Yes, Baron was a miserable SOB too, but yet again, that was situational, where something happened to him. So I find it out of the realm of possibility that neither of his parents figured out something happened to Vaughn. Yet they became super sleuths after seeing one article, where it all falls into place. That was also incredibly hard to swallow.

I want more. I need more. Bully, love-hate, crazy unpredictable is my guilty pleasure. There's a fine line. But if this trend of characters getting lobotomies continues, where irrational things happen out of character, simply to push a plot forward, I'm going to have to take a break.


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L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 Best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold in nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.


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Tricks and Bids by Jacqueline Grey


When Michael Nole propositions Dillon Spade outside a BDSM club one evening, all he is looking for is a potential client and a little kink. He gets much more than he bargained for. As a prostitute, Michael enjoys sex but keeps an emotional distance between himself and the men he sleeps with. His priority is to keep himself safe, but after a night in Dillon’s bed, he finds the line between enjoyment and occupation blurring.

Dillon hasn’t taken another man home since his previous lover passed away six years ago, but there is something about Michael that calls to his inner Dominant in a way he cannot resist. His instincts want to claim the boy even as he reminds himself that he is only paying Michael for temporary company.

Their relationship may have started as a business transaction, but it’s difficult to remain professional when breaking all the rules.

Warning: scenes of D/s and wax play
2nd edition.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M BDSM Romance

Michael is not too sure where he wants his life to go. While he is figuring it out, he kind of stumbles on his ability to make money as a prostitute. Now, he has no illusions as to what it truly means when he goes on these dates, but for right now, he's content.

Dillon is a dom who is feeling slightly lost. After a tragic accident, Dillon hasn't really been able to connect with anyone. But after one night with Michael, Dillon knows that he can't have just one night.

These two will go on a journey of self-discovery, trust, and mutual love. It's a quick read, with a lot of emotion and inner searching. I enjoyed their story and can't wait to see if they show up in more books.


Angie☆☆☆☆
This was a quick, easy read with lots of sex. I loved watching Michael and Dillon’s chemistry and how things progressed. For such a short book, I feel like a lot was given to us readers. I could have easily read a few hundred pages if they were there. It states it's book one in a series, so I hope the next book is just as good but maybe a tad bit longer.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This may be a short read, but it is a very full and well-formed story. I could have read lots more, as I loved both characters and seeing how their relationship developed.

Michael has gone slightly astray, having found he could earn college money from his body, but now it is all he does. So when he propositions a dominant outside a BDSM club, he is not expecting to find his future. Likewise, the man in question, Dillon, agrees to the suggestion much against his better judgement. There is clearly a link between the men, and as we watch them explore their kinks and grow closer, even the hardest heart would want them to become more than a business transaction.

A very good story with a lovely mix of very hot scenes and relationship growth.



Jacqueline Grey currently lives on an island on the east coast of the United States. She spends her time outside her day job juggling her many interests which include reading, writing and drinking tea. She loves M/M romance, usually focusing on stories that include BDSM themes to one degree or another.

Jacqueline has always been driven by characters. She loves a good plot, but it’s the characters that pull her into a story. She loves romance and believes everyone has a right to be happy. She enjoys seeing her characters find that happiness for themselves.

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The Mentor of Barrenmoor Ridge by Jackson Marsh


It takes a brave man to climb a mountain, but it takes a braver lad to show him the way.

Following the death of his lover, mountaineer John Hamilton lives an isolated existence high on wild Fellborough peak. When he rescues 19-year-old Gary Taylor from the mountain, John can't accept that the boy may be the answer to his heartache. Gary is seventeen years his junior, confused, and being pursued by criminals. As Gary helps John through his grief, the older man mentors the lad through his coming out. Both paths could lead to love, but are they both heading for the same destination?

The Mentor of Barrenmoor Ridge is the first of the Barrenmoor series of mountaineering-themed M/M romances.

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Sarah☆☆☆☆
I love the wintery mountain scenery in this book. The story of a reclusive mountaineer and the village boy he rescues is alternately warm, sweet, and heartbreaking. After the death of his partner, John retreated from the world. When John rescues Gary in a brutal storm, the younger man pulls him into the present and forces him to feel again.

John’s grief and his long history on famous mountains are as much a part of this story as his present time interactions with Gary. While the past is full of extremes – exhilarating victories and devastating losses – the present with Gary is rather more peaceful. Neither John nor Gary are easy characters to like. John is hard and unemotional when we first meet him, and Gary is an angry teen. Throughout the story, they slowly soften each other. I’m still not sure about the age gap. Gary is very young and very vulnerable while John is older and successful. I wanted to believe in the two of them, but I couldn’t quite imagine a long-term future for these two.

The plot to this story is complicated, but also very slow. Trapped together in John’s cottage on a mountain in a storm, very little happens for much of the story. However, Gary’s villainous friends and other village dramas possibly make the story more complicated than necessary. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I liked both John and Gary.




Jackson Marsh is a British born author of novels and screenplays.

Jackson has a background of theatre, cabaret and music and yet holds a social policy degree. He was born on the Romney Marshes in Kent, UK, but now lives on a mountainous Greek island. During the 1980s in London he campaigned for gay rights and performed political satire cabaret, writing song and reviews, appearing at Pride events, national venues and on television.

He moved to Greece in 2002 and married his partner there in 2017. He has won awards for his gay erotic writing, and in 2007, won a European-wide award for short stories. In 2017, he won awards for his screenplay writing.

Jackson is the author of The Clearwater Mysteries, and also writes fiction under the name James Collins.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Erector Set Box Set by Desiree Holt


Erected

An accident, an unexpected meeting—and a sizzling attraction.

The first meeting between Josh McMann and Vanessa Bowen is anything but promising. He’s just finished a successful dinner with a client and she’s shrieking that someone’s stolen her brand-new car. The walking cast on her leg doesn’t help matters. Not a good way to start either a personal or business relationship…

One thing leads to another and soon her next collision is an off-the-charts one with Josh in bed. But there’s more than sex at stake here and it will take real commitment to get past the trust issues they both have.


Hammered

She was the one he didn’t want to run from—but she ran first.

Alex McMann is the financial brains behind the ride to stardom of McMann Brothers Development. He and his brothers, Josh and Tyler, cut a wide swathe in commercial development. The only place he can’t seem to get satisfaction is in the bedroom.

Enter Olivia, sharp, smart and sexy, who challenges him in and out of the bedroom and turns his life upside down. For the first time, he’s the one chasing the relationship and she’s the one walking away. Alex will need a miracle to convince her to take a chance on him—permanently.


Nailed

Why could he only find her when she appeared as Flame?

Tyler McMann—contractor by day, Dom by night. Jenyfer Mayhew—accountant by day, sought-after sub by night. She’s the masked Flame, the star of Finesse, an upscale private dungeon where the only numbers that count are how many strokes of the paddle a sub can take. Tyler is one of its best customers, a place where he can shuck the discipline of his work and indulge his fantasies. The chemistry between the two lights up the sky. But when he learns her real identity, he has to work hard to keep her from running and realize she can truly depend on him.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
Overall 4 stars
M/F Romances

Book 1: Erected
3 stars
M/F Romance

Josh is one of three brothers who own their own design and build firm. He has just closed a deal and is feeling pretty good when he runs in to Vanessa. She is having the worst night. Her car is missing, she's got a walking cast on, and she feels frazzled.

Their relationship is a whirlwind. They fall fast, despite neither of them wanting to. Vanessa has her own hang-ups and Josh doesn't believe he will ever find someone. It was somewhat of a young adult relationship feel throughout, since both of these characters were not great at relationships.

Overall, this was a quick read and ended just as abruptly as they started.

Book 2: Hammered
4 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Car accident

Alex McMann is one of the brothers in a design and build firm. When he walks to a big name firm to talk about a potential new job, the last thing he expects is to be instantly attracted to one of its associates.

Olivia, or Livy as she goes by, has had a raw deal in life. She comes from a family where she was never good enough. She hasn't ever really felt love and that has made her become hardened in her heart.

Livy and Alex agree to a friends with benefits arrangement. However, both of them are fighting their feelings like crazy. They have a fast growing relationship and with all of the things they have in common, in terms of work, staying away from each other proves to be very difficult.

When Alex and Livy find the edge of their cliff, it will take both of them to figure out if they can truly make their relationship into something meaningful, rather than just a series of hookups. I enjoyed this story a little more than the first one – it felt more complete. It was fun to watch them fight their attraction and decide how they wanted their life to go.

Book 3: Nailed
5 stars
M/F BDSM Romance
Triggers: Abuse

Jenyfer, also known as Flame, is a switch at a club that Tyler frequents. She is also a very successful accountant. She is not known for being overly affectionate with her coworkers and hides that part of herself away. Flame only allows herself to let go when she's at the club.

Tyler is the final brother to get his story. His brothers don't know about his sexual preferences, but he doesn't care. It's where he goes to let off steam. With all of the traveling that he has to do to keep on top of all of their jobs, Tyler sometimes just needs his own space.

When Tyler meets Flame for the first time, there is instant chemistry. Flame is his perfect match. When she refuses to show him who she really is, it only adds to her mystery. Their relationship, while a little unconventional, is also one that is almost purely honest. They know that there is an attraction but because of past trauma, Jenyfer isn't willing to mesh her club self with her professional self... until she meets Tyler. He's the first person that she might want to show both sides of herself to.

Tyler and Jenyfer will have to navigate long stays away due to work and Jenyfer's barriers around her heart. I really liked watching these two figure out their relationship. It was refreshing and a well-rounded story.



A multi-published, award winning, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author, Desiree Holt has produced more than 200 titles and won many awards. She has received an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many others including Author After Dark’s Author of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail. She lives in Florida with her cats who insist they help her write her books, and is addicted to football.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Slow Dancing by Stylo Fantôme Release Blitz


A rising pop star who can't let go of her emotional baggage, and a cocky dance partner who doesn't know what monogamy is.

She's inhibited.

He's free-spirited.

She doesn't want a relationship.

He doesn't believe in them.

She can't believe that anyone would love her.

He can't seem to stop himself from loving her.

When their differences collide and sparks start to fly, he's sure it's the start of something amazing.

And she's sure it's the end of her career.

Who will be right?

Slow Dancing is a standalone slow burn novel that features angst, passion, and two people exploring sexuality while stuck on tour together.

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This was it. Their one-night stand was about to officially become an affair. Was Logan really ready for this? There would be no going back. It was all casual to him, but she knew from experience that when all was said and done, he would own a piece of her. Snatch it right away as he ran off to the next person.

“You're thinking something,” Woods whispered, lips brushing hers, and his hands moved up to her head, holding her close to him. “Something bad.”

She swallowed thickly.

“I want to know if you've slept with Jeremy again.”

“Seriously, Logan, as much as you talk about him when we're together, I'm beginning to think he's the one you should be fucking,” he chuckled. She shook her head.

“Okay, then, I want to know if you've slept with Lucas. Or Becca. Or the roadie with the cigarette.”

“The who?”

Woods.

“Do you want me to lie?”

Logan went still. Licked her lips and squeezed her eyes shut.

“No.”

No, I haven't slept with anybody since you,” he said, and she sighed as he started kissing down the side of her jaw. “But that doesn't mean I haven't wanted to.”

“Oh?”

“I haven't because I knew it would bother you,” Woods breathed, his tongue trailing down her neck. She let her head drop back.

“Very generous of you, sir.”

“I'm like the Santa Claus of sex.”

“Disgusting analogy, never use it again.”

Would it bother you if I did?” he asked. She opened her eyes and stared at the ceiling.

“I don't know,” she was honest. “Yes? I wish I was as sexually open and free and cool as you are, but I'm just… boring. I wouldn't stop you, though. I understand. Just… maybe not do anything in front of me, please.”

He shocked her then by bursting out laughing. He stepped back and draped his arms around her waist.

“Did you just politely ask me not to fuck around with other people in front of you?” Woods double checked. Logan felt her cheeks go up in flames.

“I'm just trying to be nice.”

“Fuck being nice,” he shook his head. “Be honest – with me, and yourself. If you want to cut my nuts off every time I hit on someone, tell me. If you want to watch while I fuck Lucas on the tour bus, definitely tell me. Why do you make everything about everyone else?”

That brought her up short.

“I… I don't,” she tried to argue, but he shook his head.

“That first night together, you were so concerned about Jeremy, about what people would think. Same thing when we talked the other day. And just now, it's like you don't give a shit about what you really want – so long as I'm comfortable. I mean, sure, it's nice of you. It's too nice. Who taught you that you shouldn't ask for the things you want?” he asked.

She sucked her bottom lip between her teeth and bit down so hard, she whimpered. Woods noticed, his eyes dropping to her mouth. Then he leaned down to kiss the sting.

“I don't know,” she breathed. “I don't know what I want. I don't want to think about you sleeping with other people. But I don't want to stop you, I don't. I… it…” she searched for the words.

“Poor lost little Logan,” he whispered, pulling at the draw string on her shorts. “But not really lost, are you? I think I get it. People are always treating you like this delicate little doll. Like you're breakable. But you're not.”

“I'm not,” she groaned, pressing her forehead to his and running her hands over his shoulders.

“People handle you like you're glass,” he kept going, and she started to shiver.

“They do,” she agreed.

“What do you want to be handled like?”

She took a deep breath.

Barbed wire.

His hands were suddenly clenching her biceps so hard, she cried out in pain. Pressed her palms against his chest as she stared up at him. His eyes blazed down at her, so full of desire and danger, finally taking on a mossy green hue.

They'd barely touched, and she was already panting.

“You better watch what you ask for. I'm not like all these other fucking guys in your life,” he growled. “I have no fucking problem with treating you as roughly as you can handle.”

“You think you can really do that?” she gasped, pushing him.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Slow Dancing is sexy and seductive, both on and off the dance floor. It's a slow build that you don't know where it's going but you enjoy the ride getting there.

“It's okay to like all the crayons in the box, Woods. It's not okay to try and convince me you don't.
...I’ll always like all the crayons, I can't change that, you're right. Wouldn't want to even if I could. But you will always, always, be my favorite color”


Logan is a pop star on tour who falls for her new lead dancer, Woods. Woods is not only an exceptional dancer, he's a free spirit not concerned with gender. Watching Logan and Woods dance around their feelings is exciting and sexy. Once I started, I could not put this one down. I had to know how it was going to play out.

Definitely unexpected in the most perfect of ways. A must read!


Shelby☆☆☆☆☆
I didn't know what to expect with this story, but I did know that I adore Stylo Fantôme's storytelling.

Logan Cassidy is an up and coming pop star who is currently on tour. She is used to being isolated; as an artist who got her start in dancing early in life, she's never really experienced close relationships with anyone, including her parents. Thankfully she has one real friend, Jeremy, who is on tour with her. Things get a little messy when Jeremy falls for one of the performers on their tour. Woods is the aloof, cocky, sexy as hell male lead dancer, and he just so happens to be Logan's stage partner.

This is a story about complex characters: there is no black and white. Nothing is as it seems, and that kept my interest through the entire book. Every person has their mannerisms – some are inherited and others are learned – but at the center of everyone is their true authentic self. Some people are able to exhibit this from the beginning, others need the right situation/people to come out of their shell. Time is ultimately all one needs to learn who they are, and they need color to truly express themselves.

I love that this story was so much more than just a romance, and better yet, it was more than just another story about a musician. Yes, the main character is a singer, but she has faults and some sharp edges, but she is just a real person. The same goes for Woods. They just seem so regular! The romance was slow building and exciting, their chemistry is off the charts. I can gush on and on, but ultimately I loved this story and you should check it out.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
I love this completely different take on a group of performers on tour. Rather than the often grungy, usually hung-over rock stars, this is a pop princess and her dancers... who definitely enjoy pleasure, but also know that they will have to keep their bodies in peak fitness to be able to perform. It makes for some interesting variations!

Logan is riding the wave of success after a video of her filling in at a mic test shows that she is not only an amazing dancer but also a very good singer... and managed by a family cousin. she is now on tour. As the story reveals, slowly, her lack of confidence and the strict control that she forces herself to maintain is well earned, as she has had a pretty difficult decade. So when she is attracted to Woods, her new lead dance partner who is also hooking up with her best friend Jeremy, she really thinks nothing of it, other than frustration. But as they become closer, her assumptions are proved invalid and she has to reassess. As we watch them fall for each other, but neither really sure of what it could or should mean, it is both incredibly sexy and cute. There is a tinge of sadness though as they struggle to imagine a future together, nor apart.

There are so many lovely moments, some really fun ones, and some rather sad ones. But I can promise that you will want to make sure you have no distractions, because once you start reading it will be very difficult to stop. In fact, I am thinking I may have to find time to read it again very soon, as I was so desperate to know how it was going to work out that I may have not really absorbed all the goodness that was there!




Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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Creeping Beautiful by J.A. Huss Release Blitz


McKAY

I wasn’t the one who broke her but I played my part.
She came to us when she was ten. I raised her. I loved her.
I taught her how to survive in a world of evil men.
But it wasn’t enough.

ADAM

I wasn’t the one who saved her but I did my best.
She needed me as much as I needed her.
Bought and paid for on the auction block.
But not for the reasons you think.
She was my weapon.

DONOVAN

I wasn’t the one who lied to her but I hid her truth.
She was broken before I got there.
Wild and angry. Defiant and bratty.
But she trusted me most.
She loved me best.
So I set her free.

Indie Anna Accorsi is a woman lost in her past.
A pretty little nightmare.
A gorgeous piece of misery.
A mess of lovely darkness.
She is creeping beautiful.
And now we want her back.

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I tried to track her that first year. I felt obligated. I mean, I did turn her into this… bloodthirsty sociopath, right? The least I could do was keep an eye on her and make sure she didn’t lose her mind and start offing people. But she literally disappeared. No trace. By this time Adam, Donovan, and I had been running ex-Company teams for several years. We had connections. Not anything as intricate as what we had before the Company fell, but it was enough to get intel and keep teams alive.

Even with all that, Indie was gone. I found some security cam footage of her truck right after she left. Had a decent, if spotty, track record of her as she made her way east towards Mobile. But after that… nothing. That was under two hours.

Two hours.

That’s all it took for her to wipe herself off the map.

It was a weird time for me. I was so fucking confused. I kept playing what happened back in my head over and over again. Donovan left right after Indie, claiming he couldn’t be a part of this. So it was just me that night.

Just me. All alone in this house.

I’ve been alone here before. Every time Adam and Indie went on a job I stayed behind.

But this wasn’t that kind of alone.

This was… loneliness.

Adam wasn’t picking up his phone. I called him constantly through that night, but he never picked up once. Finally, I had left so many messages his voicemail was full and I gave up. I went up to my bedroom and fell asleep, confident Adam would call me with some kind of update.

He sent a text.

A fuckin’ text that said, “It’s over.”

Just thinking about that fills me with hot anger right now.

How do you send a text like that?

I called him back that same day. He didn’t answer. I texted. He didn’t answer. So I busied myself tracking Indie on the various security cams.

I figured, OK. Everybody needs a moment. We just need to get our heads on straight and figure this out. And then they’d all be back.

No one came back.

Well, I guess that’s not true. Obviously, someone covered the furniture in white sheets and shut the house up.

But everyone moved on so I moved on too. Went to my machine shop. Turned the upstairs into a livable apartment. Started making some art pieces. Mostly outdoor sculptures. Opened up a fucking Etsy shop.

Which makes me chuckle a little, that’s how stupid it sounds. I was a thirty-two-year-old retired child-assassin trainer selling metal art on Etsy.

But I like my fucking Etsy shop. It calms me. Gives me purpose. And I sell a shit ton of art on there.

Once Indie left there was nothing. I had nothing. She was my everything. I probably could’ve been happy if Adam had come home. Probably could’ve stayed in the business if he was there.

But he disappeared too.

He’d moved on. The things that happened that day could not be fixed.

We were all… broken.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shelby☆☆☆☆☆
It seems that I'm often at a loss for words, but this story, Creeping Beautiful, is the epitome of the phrase.

I love it, I love McKay. My heart aches for this story, and especially Adam. My mind spins as if Donovan was working his magic.
And Indie – sweet, young, desperate Indie. 
Or is she?

I would like to offer a quick warning. This story is not for the faint of heart. The subject matter is twisted and involves children. These aren't normal children, and this is NOT a normal story. Just keep that in mind. Make sure you have some time to really commit to this because when you've finished reading the book, this story is NOT done with you.

I thought this was going to be a romance. I thought I was going to get a twisted ménage story. Instead this is a history study, it's a psychological study, and it's a real-time narration of what happens when someone’s reality is fractured. Creeping Beauty went above and beyond what I thought I was going to read, but I must say I was slightly disappointed with some of the questions that went unanswered. I feel like I need to re-read it, slowly, to find them... which is no hardship.


Mary☆☆☆☆
This story is just WOW! It is a suspenseful story to keep you on the edge of your seat until the end kind of story. The main characters are part of The Company that makes assassins. Adam has McKay, who was gotten for him when they were young so Adam would not be alone. Now Adam is looking for a young girl to train. On the island, there are many young girls to choose from, but he knows which one he wants when he sees her.

Creepingly beautiful was what came to mind when Adam first saw Indie Anna Accorsi. He knew she was the one he wanted to bring home. And everyone else was bidding on her too. But Adam got what he came after. She was 10 years old when she came to live with Adam and McKay. While Adam was her protector, McKay was her trainer and Donovan was the one to help keep her mind safe. And then there was Nathan St. James, the boy next door – well, he lived across the woods from them.

For years she would do a job, Donovan would talk to her and help her process things, and Nathan would be her friend and then her boyfriend. Sometimes Indie would disappear but she couldn't remember where she went. It was like her mind was hiding things from her.

After being gone for four years, Indie finally comes back and the four are back together. And the things that happened and the reasons she left all come back. Can they help Indie remember without her losing her mind for good? Will she leave again when she learns the truth? Will they find out who was in control of her mind?

This was a mind-bending story that will have you glued to your Kindle because you have to know what will happen next. It is a dark and twisted story and I want to see where book two goes.




JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller's list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her books were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.


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Ren is in desperate need of a rebound fling. Lucky for him, the smoking hot contractor he hired has just the tool for the job.

The last thing I want is another relationship or another broken heart.

All I need are my bees and the occasional hookup to scratch the itch.

Okay, maybe meeting up with my hot contractor weekly is a little more than occasional. And maybe the way I’m starting to feel about the guy I’ve been anonymously chatting with online should concern me.

But CaulkyAF doesn’t want to meet, and Cole doesn’t want anything serious, so what’s the worst that could happen?

Caulky is book 1 in the Four Bears Construction Series and can be read as a stand-alone. This is a funny, steamy MM story guaranteed to make you laugh and swoon. Absolutely NO cheating and NO love triangle. This series does NOT contain shifters, it's the OTHER kind of bears.

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Dan: He lives! So, is the contractor there?

Ren: Yeah, and I DID oversleep. I answered the door practically naked, and you’ll NEVER guess who the contractor was

Dan: Who??

Ren: The bar hookup from last month! There he was all tall and gorgeous just standing on my front porch like he owned the place, and I had clearly just rolled out of bed like an idiot.


He sends the laughing gif again, and I respond with one of someone giving the finger.


Dan: Oh my god, that’s too funny. That’s the same dude you kissed months ago, right?! You did say he was incredible in bed, maybe this is like a sign from god or something that you should let him fuck you again.

Ren: Sounds legit

Dan: He’s a contractor; if porn has taught me anything, it’s that if you ask him to check your pipes, you’ll end up getting gang banged by him and like three other hot dudes.

Ren: You’re thinking of plumbers


It’s best to pretend that exact same thought didn’t cross my mind less than five minutes ago.


Ren: Anyway, he looked kind of weirded out, so I’m thinking a repeat is NOT in the cards

Dan: Bummer

Dan: Well, there are plenty more cocks in the sea


I sigh and take a sip of my coffee, enjoying the way it scalds my tongue, bitterness filling my mouth. Henry hated that I took my coffee black. I could never figure out why he gave a shit how I took my coffee. After five years together, there were so many little things I let slide or chalked up to living with another person. But now that he’s gone, I have to admit, my life is a hell of a lot more peaceful.


Ren: Yeah but my dildo is—OH FUCK! I just realized my dildo is in the bathroom!!!!!


All the blood drains from my face. I didn’t just leave it sitting on the counter either, that motherfucker is suction cupped to the wall, right at the perfect height to fuck myself. Which is exactly what I used it for around three in the morning before collapsing into bed and falling asleep, trusting my damned alarm to wake me up in the morning.

Daniel sends that god damned laughing gif again, and I want to reach through the phone and strangle him.


Ren: This really isn’t as funny as you think it is. So much for getting my bathroom done. Between our hookup, my state of undress, and the dildo, there’s no way he’s coming back

Dan: I am literally crying I’m laughing so hard. People on the train are giving me the stink eye, but I don’t even care. I am actually dead right now.

Ren: I hate you

Dan: Ok, I’m sorry. Unless you want to go in there and grab your dildo and make it even more weird, there’s nothing you can do about it at this point. So, finish what you were telling me. You’re looking for someone to bend you over and rail you...

Ren: I don’t think that’s what I said, although…

Dan: *high five*

Ren: After Henry, I can’t see getting serious with someone again. I was so miserable with him, and I never even realized it. I don’t want to go back into that situation

Dan: Stick to casual. Sign up for M4M and get your single on.

Ren: Yeah, I think I might


The heavy clomp of boots has me looking up, my face flaming at the thought of Construction Man (that’s his superhero name, by the way) seeing my dildo.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angie☆☆☆☆☆
This was a great start to a new series. Ren is a night owl who has had his heart broken for the last time. Ren has had his fair share of long-term relationships but the last one broke him. Cole is part owner of a construction company and is known as a one-and-done kind of guy. When Ren and Cole meet, it is hot as hell and you can feel the sizzling chemistry. This was a fast read with lots of sex and some funny banter. I can't wait to see who the next book is about.


Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Romance

This is a sweet story about Ren and Cole. Ren hates his day job, but it allows him to have some time for his true passion – honeybees. While his best friend, Daniel, is hilarious and a great friend, Ren wants someone who will support him and encourage him. When his current man of several years fails to live up to that ideal, Ren decides that he just needs to have some hookups for a while.

Cole is a serial dater. He never goes back for seconds. But when he sees a cute man who intrigues him even after they've had their fun, Cole has to decide if he can stop his rule – is Ren the man who will get Cole to change?

Ren and Cole have a sweet relationship and I really enjoyed watching them figure out whether or not dating was a good thing. Ren wants to believe in a relationship and Cole just wants something, but he's not sure what it is.

These two are cute and Cole's brothers are great. I can't wait to see who gets the next book, because all of the brothers and their betting will get interesting, for sure.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up

This is a fun story which I really enjoyed. It is low drama and very high on frequent sexy encounters. Ren and Cole may have very different views on life and dating, but there is an attraction which they just don't seem to be able to let go. For Ren, it is dangerous as he is a serial monogamist and needs to stop falling so easily in love. For Cole, the problem is completely the opposite, he is a one-time only man, never prepared to get involved, and enjoying his freedom – but he finds himself looking forward to Ren maybe turning up on a Thursday evening, again and again. Throw in a developing online friendship that we know is between the two of them, but they certainly don't, and there is a fun extra dimension to their story.

We get to meet Cole's three business co-owners, and also Daniel, Ren's best friend, so I am definitely looking forward to future romances in this series.




Author K.M. Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely – and sometimes damaged – men finding their Happily Ever After together. She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series. When she's not writing she's a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero...just kidding, she's likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.

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