Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston

Sidney Halston Pull Me ClostTitle: Pull Me Close (The Panic #1) by Sidney Halston
Release date: October 25, 2016
Published by: Loveswept


Welcome to Panic, a sultry Miami nightclub where bodies and hearts move to a beat that doesn’t stop at sunrise—the setting for an emotionally charged series from the bestselling author of the Worth the Fight novels.

When Katherine Wilson passes out in the arms of the hottest man she’s ever seen, it’s not because of the lights, the pulsating music, or the crowded dance floor. It’s because she can’t enjoy a night out like a normal person, not with her debilitating anxieties. These panic attacks are going to destroy her life unless she takes control—or gets a helping hand. So after the club’s bad-boy owner personally escorts her home, Katherine feels something urgent and primal awaken inside of her.

Nick Moreno doesn’t need a headache like Katherine. A drug bust has put his father behind bars and forced Nick to take over the daily business of his family’s South Beach nightclub. His head tells him to walk away—but his body has other ideas. Katherine’s vulnerability, her grace and courage, compel him to reach out. And when they kiss, Nick is overcome by desire: to pull her close, and promise that his embrace will always be the safest place on earth. Continue reading

In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick

In a gilded cage Mia KerickTitle: In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance


Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.

However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second-floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.

Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci. Continue reading

Tia Lewis Presents, The Hitman’s Possession

The Hitman by Tia LewisTitle: The Hitman’s Possession: A Bad Boy Mafia Romance (Book One) by Tia Lewis
Genre: Dark Hitman Romance
Release Date: October 19th, 2016


I’m a hard, ruthless, and brutal killer… but I’m not letting her go.

I’m the most feared man in South Boston. I’ve earned that title and the nickname “The Animal.” Women may think it’s because I’m wild in bed, and one night with me and they’d f*cking know it.

But there’s a darker reason for my reputation… I think nothing about ending a life. Feelings are a luxury I can’t afford.

Until her.

I hear Tess cry for help and I give into the urge to help her. One look at her and I knew I had to risk it all to rescue her. I’m no knight in shining armor; I’m saving her so I can keep the sexy spitfire for myself.

But the mob wants her back. She wasn’t meant to live through that night.

No f*cking way I’m going to let that happen. Tess ignites a fire within me like nothing I’ve ever known. Her legs are meant to be wrapped around me, and only me. I’ll take on the whole Russian mob ―hell, the whole world―to keep the one woman who’s meant to belong to me.

I’ll kill every bastard that tries to take her away. She can try to run, but she’s not getting away from this hitman. She’s my possession now.

Warning: The Hitman’s Possession is a full-length dark romance novel that’s intended for mature audiences only. This novel address issues of a serious nature, including violence surrounding the nature of consent. This novel contains very disturbing situations, graphic language and violence and explicit sexual content. Reader discretion is strongly advised. Continue reading

Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Sophia Henry

Unsportsmanlike ConductTitle: Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry
Release date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept Flirt


The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.” 

Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.

Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.

Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them. Continue reading

New Political Thriller by Meli Raine

Harmless Little Game coverTitle: A Harmless Little Game (Harmless, #1) by Meli Raine
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense


Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.

Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.

The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.


They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?

Not one single thing.

That was my boyfriend, Drew.

And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.

Never faced consequences.

Until today.

Game on.

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A Harmless Little Game is the first in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine. Continue reading

Here’s who I think dies on S7 The Walking Dead

Thanks to Netflix, cable-less people like me have a chance to catch up on and discover shows our cable counterparts have access to.

These days my obsession is The Walking Dead. The first time I watched it, I binge-watched it all the way through to season 5 and waited breathlessly for Netflix to bring on season 6. Now I am all caught up with the rest of the world.

Like the rest of the world, I am eagerly waiting to find out who was unlucky enough to meet Negan’s BFF, Lucille. I have my theory… I’m gonna just come out and say I think it’s Glenn Rhee.

The way Glenn’s storyline in season 6 has been going, I’d say yes. Think about it… the number of times he ALMOST died in season 6 was overkill… pardon the pun.

I thought for sure he was a goner when he and what’s his ass… Nicholas, got stranded on top of a dumpster surrounded by Walkers. Nicholas shoots himself and both he and Glenn fall into the group of hungry Walkers.

The way how it was shot, looked like Glenn was a nice Asian dinner for the Walkers. Turns out Nicholas fell on top of him and they ate him instead. Here’s the faux par… Glenn was screaming his head off, and the Walkers are attracted to sound. How come they didn’t rip his face off? Continue reading

My Review of The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

$100 Startup book coverTitle: The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau.
Genre: Non-fiction


In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.

Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck.  Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back.

There are many others like Chris – those who’ve found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful.  Sometimes, achieving that perfect blend of passion and income doesn’t depend on shelving what you currently do.  You can start small with your venture, committing little time or money, and wait to take the real plunge when you’re sure it’s successful.

In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he’s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies.  In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.

Here, finally, distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who’ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment.  It’s all about finding the intersection between your “expertise” – even if you don’t consider it such — and what other people will pay for.  You don’t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees.  All you need is a product or service that springs from what you love to do anyway, people willing to pay, and a way to get paid.

Not content to talk in generalities, Chris tells you exactly how many dollars Chris Guilebeau authorhis group of unexpected entrepreneurs required to get their projects up and running; what these individuals did in the first weeks and months to generate significant cash; some of the key mistakes they made along the way, and the crucial insights that made the business stick.  Among Chris’s key principles: if you’re good at one thing, you’re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish – sell him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.

In ancient times, people who were dissatisfied with their lives dreamed of finding magic lamps, buried treasure, or streets paved with gold.  Today, we know that it’s up to us to change our lives.  And the best part is, if we change our own life, we can help others change theirs.  This remarkable book will start you on your way. Continue reading

Saving Cruz by Alexis James

Saving Cruz book coverTitle: Saving Cruz by Alexis James
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Hate is controlling. Dominating. Powerful.

And so is Cruz Moran.

Sexy Spaniard Cruz Moran has it all….money, success, and strong family ties. The handsome CEO with the sharp mind and even sharper tongue, is driven to succeed at every level. Ghosts haunt him. Painful memories, he can’t seem to avoid. His demons remind him of the tragic choices he made years ago. His life of solitude… a small price to pay for what he’s done. He avoids relationships of any kind, choosing instead to submerse himself in his company.

Mia Elliott is innocent… a sweet, exotic beauty who walks straight into Cruz’s path, and knocks him completely off his feet. She is instantly intimidated by him, and rightly so. He is brusque, rude, and quite possibly the most haunted man she’s ever laid her eyes on. He’s also beautifully complicated, in every single way. Losing her heart to him comes all too easily. Finding a way into his heart, will prove more challenging than she ever imagined. Saving him from himself seems impossible, but so worth it. Continue reading

Characters from Confessions

Meet Oliver McDonough from Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend by Kay Marie

Oliver McDonough ConfessionsName: Oliver McDonough – Ollie to his friends!

Occupation: Sous-chef at an American Steakhouse…double yum!

Who Is He? Hmm…where to begin? Ollie is our main character Skylar’s secret crush, her best friend Bridget’s older brother, and their new roommate. Of course, he’s also the guy who broke Skylar’s heart, but maybe wants to put it back together again…maybe.

Loves: Cooking, giving his sister a hard time, teasing Skye mercilessly, looking too handsome to be real, putting on a good brood when he has to, playing football, and using his piercing turquoise eyes to make any girl around him fall just a little bit in love.

Hates: Any guy his sister is dating, any guy Skye is dating for that matter, the chick-flicks he’s forced to endure in his new apartment, the fact that Skye hasn’t spoken to him in four years, bicyclists in New York, and overcooking fish, obviously.

Guilty Pleasures: The chick-flicks he’s forced to endure in his new apartment…take that secret to your grave! Continue reading

TV’s hottest hookups, why they’re sooo good

Binge-watching has become my favorite past time. With my writing schedule, managing my business and working in my day job, TV that fits with my schedule is a blessing. Thank you, Netflix!

I don’t know about you, but for me, when I binge watch I form a bond with the characters, it’s like they’ve become my best friends… they’ve invited me into their lives and I’ve done the same for them… until the series ends and I find another bestie. Can you relate?

During the bestie bliss, you cheer on your buddies, you laugh and cry with them… and when they hook up… well you’re either giddy with excitement or you’re jealous.

Here’s my list of Top 10 hottest TV Hookups

Hot hook up Jax and Tara10. Sons of Anarchy – Jax & Tara

Killing his ex-girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend was all it took for Jax and Tara to re-unite.

Tara returned to Charming to get away from her crazy ex, Josh Kohn and ended up bonding with her first love, Jax.

Josh got all stalker-like and followed her to Charming, hoping to win back his “Tar-Tar”.

Little did he know that Tara and her gangster ex, Jax Teller had started reconnecting.

Turns out the only way to get rid of the crazy ex, was for the gangster ex to kill him.

Oh, the drama…

What was morbid and hot at the same time, was before crazy ex took is last breath, Jax and Tara went at it as Josh bled out just 4 feet from them.

9. The Vampire Diaries – Damon & Elena

Hot hookup Delena

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Elena was supposedly in love with Stefan. Yet from day one, something about his hot, naughty older brother, Damon made her take notice.

The looks exchanged between the two of them were hotter than her and Stefan’s makeout sessions.

Elena continued to resist Damon for a couple of years until he accidentally turned her into a vampire like him. Ooops!

The result? Sweet payoff. All of Elena’s inhibitions broke down and she gave in to years of resistance.

TV hook up Rob and Talisa Stark8. Game of Thrones – Rob & Talisa Stark

Before Talisa became a Stark she was a high-born but sort of rejected it to become a doctor.

In case you don’t watch the show, high-born females are born and raised to marry other high-borns.

During the battle for the north, Rob Stark defeated numerous enemies while etching closer to Westeros, to take his revenge on the assholes that killed his father.

Talisa came to his camp to tend to his injured soldiers and the spark by both parties was almost instant. Despite the sparks, the handsome King of the North, Rob was promised to another.

As time marched on Rob and Talisa became flirting friends, then did the deed and it was HOT!

7. Nashville – Avery & Juliette

Avery and Juliette Barnes

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I loved the first time singing sensation, Juliette Barnes bumped into (at the time) struggling artist, Avery Berkeley backstage at her concert.

Juliette eyed him seductively and said, “you want to try that again but slower next time?”

Miss Barnes knows what she wants.

Several years later, and tons of drama in each of their personal lives, they met again but Juliette didn’t remember him. A friendship ensues (strange for Juliette) and eventually the couple got together and had a baby.

It was not happily ever after for the pair, once they got married. After the baby, Juliette battled postpartum depression, drugs and was admitted to rehab.

Just as their story was getting even more interesting, ABC canceled the series.

Skins Chris and Jal6. Skins (UK) – Chris & Jal

Chris, an epic fuck up with no future (if he makes it through his drug induced youth) and Jal, a straight-laced, A student, with a brilliant future.

They share the same group of friends and through a series of events gets separated from the pack and end up changing the course of each other’s lives.

It was amazing watching these two characters grow and naturally fall in love. Jal held Chris accountable for his life and gave him the stability he never had. He helped her see life differently and as a result, their hookup blossomed into an epic love story that still gives me chills.

5. Game of Thrones – Jon Snow & Ygritte (The Wildling)

Ygritte and jon

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We’ve come to know so much about Jon Snow… that is until he met Wildling, Ygritte. Jon captured Ygritte, then Ygritte captured Jon and took him as her prisoner.

It was obvious the attraction she had for him. I loved the scene where they had to cuddle to keep warm and she kept slowly moving her hips in his private area. He barked at her to stop it but, did she? Nah.

We learn that Jon is a virgin and Ygritte quickly remedies the situation.

The deed is finally done when she takes him back to her camp and they get naked in the grotto.

Too bad their hookup was short lived.

Feeling jilted by Jon, Ygritte made it her mission to find him and end him. Talk about love going sour. Ygritte met her demise after her people stormed John’s camp. She didn’t get a chance to kill him physically, but I believe a piece of him died when he witnessed her death.

 Hot hookup Robbie and Fiona4. Shameless (US) – Fiona & Robbie (it’s complicated)

Fiona Gallagher cannot catch a break. Why? The girl is addicted to trouble. Things were finally rolling along smoothly in Fiona’s life; she had a steady job she loved and was good at… a boyfriend, Mike who was crazy about her and happened to be her boss.

Then in walks Robbie, Mike’s brother, fresh out of rehab.

He blatantly seduced Fiona while Mike was passed out a few feet away from them. They did it on the kitchen counter and is almost caught when Mike woke up to go to the bathroom.

Robbie and Fiona are both addicted to trouble and sex. Robbie was the one who gave Fiona the drugs that her baby brother, Liam overdosed on. Fiona was arrested, on her birthday! Thanks to Robbie.

3. Degrassi: The Next Class – Miles & Tristan Miles and Tristan Degrassi

Miles was “a man of the people” at Degrassi. He played both sides of the fence and enjoyed every minute of it.

Tristan, so sweet and ambitious, anytime he got close to Miles, Miles would pull an asshole move and mess with Tristan’s mind.

They go back and forth until Tristan decides to move on, then Miles got seriously interested. Ain’t that how it always works?

Anyhoo, they finally got together but Tristan was afraid to go the distance because he had never… and Miles was an all around stud-muffin. Miles changed and gained Trist’s trust. The deed was finally done and I was grinning.

2. Friends – Ross & Rachel

Ross and Rachel hookup

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Friends were our friends, and when Ross and Rachel finally hooked up was sweet satisfaction.

He’d loved her secretly for so long and when she found out, she stopped looking at him as her best friend’s brother.

When she was ready to confess her love for him, he was in a relationship with Julie.

Later, Ross found out that Rachel had feelings for him after she drunk dialed him and told him she was over him.

The lines are in the picture. But the sweet moment that makes me smile to this day, was when Ross confronted her at Central Perk, and they argue about their feelings and moving on from each other. In the heat of the argument he leaves and she locks the door behind him.

A few seconds later he appears at the door standing in the rain like a lost, wet puppy and Rachel sees him, she struggles to open the door and they kiss for the first time.


Finally, #1. The Walking Dead – Rick & Michonne


Courtesy TV Guide

I cannot believe I didn’t see that coming! WTF! It was beyond perfect and it made so much sense! Looking back now Rick always had a thing for Michonne. I never noticed the looks and mannerisms until I went back and looked at the other episodes.

She came on the show in season 3 and could really hold her own. I think that was what attracted him to her in the first place. Here you have this strong, beautiful woman, who is a warrior, hell I’d do her if I was in a zombie apocalypse and there were no men around!

I was shocked because I never saw either of them as sexual beings (I guess I was too caught up in the world going to shit).

When Rick made his move in season 6, I screamed! I had to re-watch the entire episode (it was one of the best of the season), and their love scene was the cherry AND whipped butternut frosting on the dessert.

I am really excited to see where the writers are going to take these characters. They are too good of friends for it to just be casual. Rick even told Carl, his son, “this is different”. Rick doesn’t dick around when it comes to his son. So we believe him.

The chemistry between these two… mind-blowing! If Michonne and I were besties, I’d be needing some details.

Don’t miss this hot couple on The Walking Dead Season 7 premiering on October, 23 9/8c on AMC.

There you have it, my list of hottest TV hookups. Do you have any faves? Do share.

If you watch any of the shows above then you would like my novel Bastard’s Brew (Family Portrait Book 3). You’ll meet Adriana and Haze, who are so in love with each other they make everyone around them crazy. Naturally, there are huge obstacles in their way.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Kevin and Savi, who can’t stand each other but can’t seem to stop hooking up.

Even though Bastard’s Brew is the 3rd book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.