My Chat with Lucifer and Westmancott

Hello and welcome!

Oh I have something that will delight you… and probably puzzle you too 😉

Read on to find out why.

I rush through the entrance of my home and notice a pile of mail sitting on the stand. Probably bills and a package is my first thought. Do I want to look at them? Do I just ignore them? I better not. This means I am going to crack the seal on the box first. I look at the return address and squeal. I know who sent me this and it will be chocked full of goodies. Did I ever tell you I love books? Audiobooks? Well, I am.

I check out the rest of the pile. Flyers. More flyers. A few envelopes that I place into a pile off to the side. Then I noticed one that doesn’t fit with what I usually get in the mail. It is a heavy, cream coloured envelope. There is even embossing on it and it is closed with sealing wax that bears the crest of an Angel in the centre. I grin as I think, “Aren’t we fancy.” I can even tell whomever addressed the missive did so with a fountain pen. I am in love already. I look closer at the stamp of the Angel and notice the letter “L” in the middle. It is a pity I am going to have to break this seal to see what is inside.

Written on a heavy cream vellum sheet that I draw our from inside of the envelope is:

You have been granted an interview
with the Angel Lucifer and Wm. Westmancott.
We will arrive on May 17, 2020 ,
at precisely 7 pm.
Thank you for the invitation.

I glance quickly at the clock and groan as I curse the postal services for taking forever to deliver this. I only have an hour to prepare. What is even worse, I have to really think to remember who these people are. When I do, it sends me diving into my closet.

Three quarters of an hour later, I walk into my studio. At precisely the given time, I hear a solid rap on my door. Showtime. I brace myself, open the door, and my jaw drops to the floor. Standing before me are two handsome men in the most amazing suits I have ever seen. One is slightly older, the other looks to be approximately thirty.

Enikö, I presume. I am Lucifer, The younger man speaks with an accent that has a hint of British hidden in its depth. This gentleman is Wm. Westmancott. I believe you were curious about his work.

Remembering my manners in time, I smile then welcome them. Please come in. Can I get you anything before we begin? Coffee? Tea? Water? Something a little stronger?

That would be nice, Wm. Westmancott replies. Do you happen to have some bourbon on hand?

The high-class British accent flows through his lips so smoothly, I can tell is has been cultivated especially for dealing with the finest in the land. It takes me a few moments, but I eventually find a small bottle of bourbon I must have rifled from somewhere in the past. I mean like really, who drinks bourbon?

Water will do for me, The man called Lucifer answers.

As the two men find a seat, I get their drinks and sneak glances at them. You just have to love a man in a suit, especially when they fill them in so nicely.

While I serve their drinks, I ask. So Mr. Westmancott, what made you decide to become a tailor?

I enjoy my work. I believe there is nothing more presentable than a well dressed man. Wm. Westmancott states.

I could not agree more. I understand you made the suits for the gentlemen in ‘Angelika Leanne’. I prod.

It paid well.

Have you ever made a suit for a woman? I couldn’t help but wonder.

A few times, but it is not my specialty. I am not often approached by women to create for them. Wm. Westmancott answers.

Your work is exquisite, I reply with unfettered admiration. Do you mind if I touch? My hand automatically strays towards Lucifer. Damn, but that man is drool worthy.

Lucifer laughs as he comments, I thought that was meant for our tailor and his suit, not mine.

I blush slightly, but refuse to voice my thoughts. His is the better fit. Instead I comment. You were closer. Granted, I had to cross the floor to make it seem that way, but who is paying attention. Right?

I am not as available, Wm. Westmancott states with a grin. He knows Lucifer doesn’t like being touched.

No one asked you for a commentary, Lucifer snarls.

All of this because I was curious about the fabric? I wonder.

My pardon, Enikö, Lucifer replies. I am solitary by nature.

Grouch by character, Wm. Westmancott snorts.

And ready to cancel my orders from you if you keep it up. Lucifer states.

As Lucifer speaks his phone rings and he answers. A moment later, he looks at me, bows and apologizes. We must leave, I have an emergency. A good friend of mine is in trouble and needs help. Another time perhaps. One without the tailor.

Wm. Westmancott gives me a wink and they are gone. I am left standing there wondering what just happened. I didn’t get the chance to ask any of my usual questions. But Lucifer did say here will be another time.

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I hope you enjoyed the chat. As it happens with MA’s characters, they side-tracked me. Maybe next time… when I get Lucifer to myself 😉

The two hail from the Daughters of the Valley series by M. A. Abraham.

If you have not read them, you should.

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The last one releases May 20, 2020 and I cannot wait for you to read it.

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Angelika moved to the land beyond the portal when she was only sixteen and has lived with Tyndal for four years. She has been successful, but misses her people as well as her home world. Despite this, she is happy in her work.

With the intention of bringing Angelika back home to the Valley, Ravel and his brother, Rafe, journey to the outside world. She is needed at home, it is time for her to take her place in their society. It is Rafe’s hope that he will catch her interest and return as his wife. It is, however, not to be, as with one kiss, Ravel realizes that she belongs to him. He will fight anyone that gets in his way, even his brother. How can he get her to come back willingly though?

Forced to go to Ravel’s help, Angelika’s family travels to Tyndal’s home and the fun begins. It takes the female members to track her down, and then, much to the dismay of the men, they decide to indulge in their idea of having a good time before they leave for home. The problem with this is that it does not involve the men. How are they to not only find their wives, but get them to go home peacefully after they have been allowed to run wild in this world?

My review: 5 stars

Being Merika’s granddaughter and Teryka Rose’s daughter, Angelika Leanne inherited many of their qualities … and faults too LOL Stubborn is high on that list, but in a good way. She stands for what she believes in and does everything to realize her goals. She finds her HEA too but poor Ravel is put through the wringer, as many men of the Valley were before him. Got to see the characters from previous books make an appearance. Tyndal had a big role in this book, she is one of my fave BGF from the series, I hope she gets her story too.
A great finish to the trilogy, M. A. Abraham took me on an adventure that spans three generations in two worlds and makes me wish I was in the Valley too.

I heard that there will be another trilogy with the “Sons of the Valley” SHHH it is a secret yet 😉

Read Chapter 1 here.

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To celebrate the new release, Ms. Abraham is offering an ebook copy of ‘Angelika Leanne’ to one of you. Sexy Mr. Random will choose a winner from the comments on release day after 3pm EST. GOOD LUCK!

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Audiobooks to listen to: KEEPING 6

Hello and welcome!

You might remember the post with my review for Keeping 6 by one of my fave authors Freya Barker when it released in ebook back in 2018.

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Well… I just finished the audio version and DAYUM … narrated by Muffy Newtown and Christian Fox, two of my fave voices, it was so much better than the voices I imagined when reading it.

Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever.

The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt-and-pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Damian Gomez is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare.

Her wild hair, boho style, and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise.

But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

Read an excerpt on the website.

BUY LINKS: Amazon US • Amazon CA • Amazon UK • Amazon AU

and now on Audible too.

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My reviews:

ebook – 5 stars

When I first saw the cover I was intrigued. The title had me thinking. After reading the book, I am impressed by the author’s ability of inviting me in this new world and making it so easy to stay for a while. The story is a balanced mix of suspense and romance, fast paced all the way thru. Damian’s family is hilarious, enjoyed seeing their close-knit relationship. Loved the fact that Kerry and Damian are mature characters that I can relate to, their relationship is fast developing but feels real. The other thing I liked is that I didn’t have a clue who the main bad guy was until almost the end, so had me turning the pages to find clues. It ends with a HFN which is satisfying. Looking forward to more in the future books in the series.

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audiobook 5 stars

Listening to the amazing voices of Ms. Newton and Mr. Fox was so much better than the voices I imagined when I read it years ago. Great choices. Ms. Barker! I really enjoyed their performance, Ms. Newton’s versatile voice, she does emotions and male voices with perfection; the sexy voice of Mr. Fox is oh so yummy and he gave all characters really great voices, male and female.

Have a listen to an audio excerpt

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I hope you will give the series a try, if you have not already and check all Ms. Barker’s books. Follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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Audiobooks to listen to: Cold Justice series

Hello and welcome!

I would love to tell you about a series that I just finished today.

Cold Justice series by Toni Anderson

If you like the contemporary suspense romance genre, you have to read or better yet, listen to the books in this awesome series, narrated by one of my eargasm voices, Eric G. Dove.

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Fast-paced Romantic Suspense with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Each book is a standalone with a different hero and heroine. Characters crossover so readers might get the best experience by starting at the beginning!

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Book 1: A Cold Dark Place

Justice isn’t always black or white. Sometimes it’s cold and dark.

Former CIA assassin Alex Parker works for The Gateway Project, a clandestine government organization hell-bent on taking out serial killers and pedophiles before they enter the justice system. Alex doesn’t enjoy killing, but he’s damn good at it. He’s good at dodging the law, too–until a beautiful rookie agent has him wondering what it might be like to get caught.

FBI Special Agent Mallory Rooney has spent years hunting the lowlife who abducted her identical twin sister eighteen years ago. Now, during an on-going serial killer investigation, Mallory begins to suspect there’s a vigilante operating outside the law. She has no choice but to take him down, because murder isn’t justice. Is it?

When Mallory starts asking questions, The Gateway Project management starts to sweat, and orders Alex to watch her. As soon as they meet, the two begin to fall in love. But the lies and betrayals that define Alex’s life threaten to destroy them both – especially when the man who stole her sister all those years ago makes Mallory his next target, and Alex must reveal his true identity to save the woman he loves.

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Book 2: Cold Pursuit

Single mom Vivi Vincent is thrust into her worst nightmare when she’s trapped inside a mall during a terror attack along with her eight-year-old son. With the help of Jed Brennan, an FBI special agent on enforced leave, Vivi and her son survive the assault. But the danger is far from over.

Vivi’s son may have witnessed critical details of the terrorists’ future plans and is targeted for death, but he’s mute, and he’s traumatized. Still someone launches a strike against the FBI’s safe house, and Jed fears the bad guys have an inside man. No longer knowing who to trust, he hides mother and son in a log cabin deep in the heart of the Wisconsin Northwoods. There Jed and Vivi try to figure out how to unlock the information inside her son’s head. What they don’t bargain for is the red-hot attraction that flares between them, or the extent of the sinister plot that threatens to rip apart not only any chance of happiness they might have together, but also the very fabric of American society.

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Book 3: Cold Light Of Day

Physicist Scarlett Stone is the daughter of the man considered to be the most notorious Russian agent in FBI history. With her father dying in prison she’s determined to prove he’s innocent, but time is running out. Using a false identity, she gains access to the Russian ambassador’s Christmas party, searching for evidence of a set-up.

Former Navy SEAL, now FBI Special Agent, Matt Lazlo, is instantly attracted to Scarlett but life is too complicated to pursue a politician’s daughter. When he discovers she lied to him about her identity, he hunts her down with the ruthless efficiency he usually reserves for serial killers.

Not only does Scarlett’s scheme fail, it puts her in the sights of powerful people who reward unwanted curiosity with brutality. The FBI – and Matt – aren’t thrilled with her, either. But as agents involved in her father’s investigation start dying, and the attempts to stop Scarlett intensify, Matt and his colleagues begin to wonder. Could they have a traitor in their midst? As Scarlett and Matt dig for the truth they begin to fall passionately for one another. But the real spy isn’t about to let anyone uncover their secrets, and resolves to remain firmly in the shadows – and for that to happen, Matt and Scarlett have to die.

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Book 4: Cold Fear

A relentless FBI profiler hunts a vicious killer.

When old evidence turns up on a fresh corpse, ASAC Lincoln Frazer is determined it won’t delay the execution of a convicted serial killer. But when more young women are brutally slain, it becomes clear – this new killer is intimately familiar with the old murders.

A dedicated emergency physician hides a dark secret.

Former Army Captain Dr. Isadora Campbell helped her mother conceal a terrible crime. After her mother’s death, Izzy resigned her commission and returned to the Outer Banks to raise her rebellious teenage sister. But it doesn’t take long for Izzy to suspect that someone knows exactly what she did, all those years ago.

If they work together, maybe no one else will die.

With pressure mounting to reopen the old case, Frazer will use any means possible to catch the killer. Thrust together during the investigation, he and Izzy find themselves reluctantly attracted to one another, and begin an affair. Meanwhile, the killer is much closer than they think. Izzy’s confession of her secret drives Frazer away as he struggles with her deception. By the time he realizes he’s fallen in love with the stubborn woman, the killer has her. Now the race is on to save Izzy and any chance of a future they might have together.

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Book 5: Cold In The Shadows

CIA Agent Patrick Killion is on a secret mission to hunt down the ruthless female assassin hired to kill the vice president of the United States. The trail leads him to the Colombian rainforest, and an earnest biologist, Audrey Lockhart, whose work on poison dart frogs gives her access to one of the deadliest substances on Earth – the same substance used to murder the VP.

When Audrey is attacked by the local drug cartel, Killion steps in and hustles her out of harm’s way, determined to find out what she knows. His interrogation skills falter somewhere between saving her life and nursing her back to health as he realizes she’s innocent, and he ends up falling for her. Audrey has a hard time overlooking the fact that Killion kidnapped her, but if she wants to get her life back and track down the bad guys, she has to trust him. Then someone changes the rules of their cat and mouse game, and now they’re the ones being hunted – by a cold-blooded killer who is much closer than they think.

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Book 6: Cold Hearted

Hunting for a killer who doesn’t play by the rules.

Detective Erin Donovan expects life to quiet down after the arrest and conviction of a serial rapist who terrified her university town last summer. Then two young women are brutally slain and the murders bear all the hallmarks of the campus rapist. Did Erin arrest an innocent man? Now her job is at stake and tensions are high and just when it looks like things can’t get worse, her department gets the help it needs to solve the double homicide – in the form of a man Erin has never been able to forget.

FBI Agent Darsh Singh has no interest in reliving the past. Three years ago, his feelings for Erin Donovan had him breaking all his rules about getting involved. Now his only interest in the former NYPD detective is figuring out if she screwed up a rape investigation and helped send an innocent man to prison. But being forced to work together rekindles their old attraction, and as Darsh and Erin fall for each other, the campus predator fixates on Erin. The race is on to identify the ruthless killer before he makes Erin his final victim.

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Book 7: Cold Secrets

When an international ring of sex traffickers kidnaps an eight-year-old girl in Boston, FBI Agent Lucas Randall heads undercover. But his rescue operation goes disastrously wrong and Lucas barely escapes with his life. Now the ruthless traffickers are hunting him down, along with everyone else who threatens their operation.

Computer expert Ashley Chen joined the FBI to fight against evil in the world – evil she experienced firsthand. She has mad skills, and deadly secrets, and once she starts working with Lucas, she also has big trouble, because after years of pushing people away, she’s falling for the guy. The feeling is more than mutual, but as Ashley intensifies her online pursuit of the trafficking ring, her traumatic past collides with her present and suddenly Lucas can’t tell which side she’s on. And as the case escalates into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, it turns out Ashley isn’t the only one with something to hide.

If neither can trust the other with their secrets, how can they trust each other with their hearts?

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Book 8: Cold Malice

ASAC Steve “Mac” McKenzie is out to prove himself by leading a task force investigating a series of murders in the heart of Washington, DC. His undercover work in an anti-government compound twenty years earlier is related – as is the sweet, innocent girl he befriended back then. Now that girl is a beautiful woman, and she has something to hide.

Tess Fallon spent a lifetime trying to outrun her family’s brand of bigotry, but someone is threatening her anonymity by using the anniversary of her father’s death to carry out evil crimes, and she’s terrified her younger brother is involved. She sets out to find the truth and comes face-to-face with a man she once idolized, a man she thought long dead. As the crimes escalate, it becomes obvious the killer has an agenda, and Tess and Mac are running out of time to stop him.

Will the perpetrator use a decades-old dream of revolution to attack the federal government? And will the fact that Tess and Mac have fallen hard for each other give a cold-hearted killer the power to destroy them both?

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Book 9: A Cold Dark Promise (Wedding Novella)

A Cold Dark Promise takes place during the week leading up to the wedding of former assassin Alex Parker to FBI Agent Mallory Rooney, who meet and fall in love in the novel, A Cold Dark Place. In the midst of wedding preparations, a shadowy figure from Alex Parker’s past reappears and threatens the joy he’s found with Mallory Rooney.

Four years ago, Jane Sanders’ rich and powerful ex-husband kidnapped their young daughter, and Jane hasn’t seen her since. Now, she finally has a lead on her location, and she knows just the man to help her get her daughter back. Trouble is, he’s an assassin. And he terrifies her.

Despite his upcoming nuptials, Alex agrees to help, but it doesn’t take long for the routine operation to turn complicated and deadly. Can the former CIA operative make it home in time to marry the woman he loves, or will his dark past destroy all hope for their future?

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Book 10: Cold Blooded

Searching for the truth just turned deadly.

Disgraced investigative journalist Pip West is devastated when she discovers her best friend’s body facedown in a tranquil lake. When cops and federal agents determine her friend overdosed and then drowned, Pip knows they’re mistaken and intends to prove it.

Special Agent Hunt Kincaid doesn’t trust journalists and has no patience for Pip’s delusions, especially since her meddling could reveal why the FBI is interested in her friend’s last days. The dead scientist worked at the cutting edge of vaccine research and might have a connection to a new, weaponized, vaccine-resistant anthrax strain that just hit the black market.

Pip is thrown off her game by grief and her unexpected attraction to the handsome federal agent. Hunt battles the same unwelcome pull, determined to resist the heat that threatens to consume them both. But the more Pip digs, the closer she gets to both the sexy FBI agent and to a bioweapons terrorist who’s more than capable of cold-bloodedly sacrificing anyone who gets in his way.

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My Review
Overall – 5 stars
Performance – 5 stars
Story – 5 stars

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Love Ms. Anderson style, her books are thrilling, big on suspense, hard to guess who did the crime and it is always a surprise. Adding the romance and a few hot scenes makes it appealing to the romantic in me. I recommend the series with 5 stars.

The voice of Mr. Dove was a great choice for this series, he makes the stories believable and enjoyable, the characters come to life. – 5 stars

Cold Justice Series Box Set: Volume 2: Books 4-6
AUDIOBOOK edition

Ms. Anderson sure knows how to keep the blood pressure high. The suspense building in her stories, mixed in with a few hot scenes, are sure to keep your heart going fast. It is almost impossible to guess who the bad guys are in her stories, and when it is revealed, you will be surprised. – 5 stars

Mr. Dove is giving the characters and stories life with masterful manipulation of his voice. Very enjoyable experience. Looking forward to more. – 5 stars

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I loved being back in Ms. Anderson’s Cold Justice world. Suspense, fast paced action, mystery and the twists makes this a story that will make it impossible to stop listening to. There are also a few heart breaking moments when finding out how the young girls were abused, it makes you think how some people are so rotten to the core. Definitely not for the faint of heart. The chemistry is off the charts between the H and h, results in a few hawt scenes. Ashley and Lucas get their HEA, so it ends well… not so much for the bad guys though, they get what is coming to them. – 5 stars

Mr. Dove is masterful with the manipulation of his voice, giving each character its own. Always a delight to listen. – 5 stars

Book 8

AUDIOBOOK edition

WOW I think this one was the most realistic and suspenseful of the series. I could not stop listening and it is well past my bedtime… what work? LOL Chilling premise, to think some people are so callous and heartless even to their own family, never mind strangers who happen to be different. Right up to the end I could not figure out who the evil mastermind was, so many twists and quite a few surprising revelations. Well done! Glad it ended well but there were quite a few close call for both the H and h. – 5 stars

Again, Mr. Dove made it an amazing experience to listen, giving each character its own life. I felt like I was there with them in the story. – 5 stars

Book 9

AUDIOBOOK edition

WOW talk about a close call. Alex sure fought to be in time for his own wedding and his love waiting for him at the altar. Love their close bond and their faith in each other and I am glad it all worked out. My heart is till pounding after listening what Alex and his team went thru to save a little girl and the world. It was also great to see the other players we met in the previous books. A great addition to the series, Ms. Anderson. – 5 stars

As usual, Mr. Dove did an excellent performance telling the story, love listening to his voice. – 5 stars

Book 10

AUDIOBOOK edition

I think this is my fave story from the series. Suspense kept my heart beating a mile a minute, the believable plot kept me listening on. Loved the relationship between Hunt and Pip. She has near misses with death so many times wonder she is still sane, but Hunt is there to save her every time. I liked her spunky attitude, that she never gave up on her friend and fought to find out what happened. Their chemistry is hot and I am glad they got their HEA, despite the many obstacles. Toni Anderson is one of my faves in the contemporary suspense romance genre. – 5 stars

Mr. Dove is one of my fave voices and can’t imagine anybody else performing the series. He is masterfully giving each character life. He is on my ‘eargasm’ list. – 5 stars

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I am looking forward to the series from the author, the Cold Justice – Crossfire Series!

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10-CODE by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

So happy to be part of the release day for 10-Code, book 4 in Rock Point Series by one of my fave authors.

Congrats Freya Barker!

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As a forty-one-year-old mother of three boys, working two jobs, Marya Berger doesn’t have the time or energy to consider a relationship. Especially after a lifetime of poor choices in the romance department. But when the disappearance of a young boy strikes a little too close to home, and a younger man she’s tried to ignore offers his help, she doesn’t stand in the way.

Single father, Dylan Barnes, the junior member of the La Plata County FBI team at thirty-three, has his focus firmly on his job and his son, Max. He’s certainly not looking to complicate his life, when he finds himself at his son’s soccer game, sitting beside the spirited brunette he can’t get out of his mind. Fate, however, appears to have different plans.

When an unspeakable crime draws the attention of the FBI, Dylan finds himself torn between his job and his instinctive need to protect Marya and her boys.

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Add it to your Goodreads TBR list

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Check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway, open internationally and the prize is a signed copy of 10- Code. GOOD LUCK!

Release Blitz hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya’s complete backlist, and keep up to date, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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My Chat with Malachi

Hello and welcome!

Oh you will like my guest today. Met him a few months ago and he is my fave from the series. Read on and find out why 😉

Welcome! Welcome!

What is your full name?
Malachi Whitetail

Do you have a nickname?
People call me Mal, and probably plenty of other things, but those are best left unmentioned.

What is one word best describes you?
Only one? My wife would probably say broody, but I think laid-back would be more appropriate.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Seriously? I dunno—jeans, a black tee, some boots. Same thing every day.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
hmmm Overall I guess so, although there were some scenes where she left me raw and bleeding. I don’t do emotion well and she had me inside out. That was tough, but since everything ended up the way it did, I can’t really complain. She did okay.

What makes you laugh out loud?
The shit my boy, Asher, gets into.

What is your favourite dessert?
My wife, Kim. If she’s not there, apple pie, but in a pinch I’ll take a beer.

What is your favourite drink?
Beer

What is your greatest fear?
Running out of beer

What is your favourite colour?
Black

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Is that a trick question?
No, do you want me to guess? he smirks

What is the perfect romantic date?
A night at home with my wife, the kid and our Great Dane, Boo, stayin’ over at my brother’s.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
You touch me and you stand to lose a limb. That’s how ticklish.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Vanilla. It always reminds me of my wife. She has this shit she puts on her hair after she washes it, making it smell like fresh baked cookies.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Used to be tall, thin, tits and blonde. That is until I met short, lush, tits and dark. I haven’t looked since then.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Two somebodies actually: my wife Kimeo, and my boy Asher.

What is one word best describes her?
My wife? Impossible to describe all that she is in one word. In fact, I’m not sure there are enough words in existence to describe her. She’s my world.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes, the Cedar Tree series. They’re basically standalone books and everyone working for GFI got their story written. I had to wait six books for my turn, but I first appeared in the third one, Against Me. That was my brother Caleb’s story, and I wasn’t in a very good place in my life back then.

After me it’s the youngest member of the team, Neil’s turn. He may be young, but after learning about the things he endured overseas, it’s obvious why he’s mature well beyond his age. Stands to reason he’d be drawn to an older woman, and Kendra is just perfect for him.

I really enjoyed getting to know you and Kimeo. Thank you Mal for chatting with me.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed the chat.

As Malachi mentioned, he hails from “Like Arrows”, book 6 in the Cedar Tree Series by one of my fave authors, Freya Barker.

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An assignment has just turned interesting for GFI investigator Malachi Whitetail. When a shy, mousy woman walks into his local diner, it takes him a minute to recognize her as an employee of the real estate office he’s been monitoring. Not a believer in coincidence, Mal decides a closer look at the short brunette might be warranted. It will be the first, but certainly not the last time, he finds himself coming to her rescue.

Kimeo Lowe leads a pretty quiet existence, which is why, when she ends up a witness to a crime, her curiosity into her boss’s suspected shady dealings gets kicked into high gear. She may not be the most sociable of people, but she’s always been independent and industrious, so when an opportunity to dig a little deeper arises, she doesn’t think twice. It would seem that this time she’s bitten off a bit more than she can chew, and when a freakishly tall Native American Adonis intervenes not just once, she decides sleuthing may be best left to professionals. But it’s a bit too late.

Just when life has settled into a comfortable routine, Kim finds herself dealing with not just one, but two threats on her life. With every turn there are new challenges to face, and Mal is not about to let her face them alone. Not even when he turns out to be no match for her most dangerous enemy.

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I listened to the audiobook and what an amazing experience it was, enjoying Tanya Eby and Noel Harrison’s voices. It was a 5-star listen for me. The story is a mix of romance, suspense, mystery, a bit of drama, some hawt sexy scenes too and makes for an interesting 10 hours. I love how Ms. Barker characters are so relatable, with real issues and hangups…. yes Mal can be a jerk at times, but Kimeo puts in his place and we get to know the real him. They do get their HEA, but the road taking them there is quite trying.

Here is a audio clip for your enjoyment

You can also read an excerpt on Ms. Barker’s website.

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If you have not read / listened to the series, I urge you to give them a try, you will not be disappointed.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya’s complete backlist, and keep up to date, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

WANTED: An Outlaw Anthology

Hello and welcome!

A great anthology released today and I am glad I could be part of the celebrations.

CONGRATS to all the authors, thank you for the amazing stories and doing it for a great cause too.

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Get ready to go for a thrill ride with 20 dangerous bad boys who live on the wrong side of the law!

In this anthology, you’ll get 20 never before released stories about bikers, gangsters, and vigilantes from 20 of your favorite New York Times and Amazon bestselling authors!

Being bad has never felt so good because 100% of the proceeds from this set will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This incredible deal is only available for a limited time, so grab your copy today!

Please note that these stories include strong sexual content and adult language that’s not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

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BUY LINKS

Amazon US • 
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Amazon CA •  
Amazon AU

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Kobo • iBooks

Check out this awesome trailer

Join the WANTED: AN OUTLAW ANTHOLOGY READERS’ GROUP on Facebook.

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Participating Authors and the book blurbs:

Lane Hart– Dalton – ATF Agent Bradley never suspected that the pretty, charismatic bastard was actually an unrepentant thief, born to be an outlaw.

Angela Snyder – Devious – When the moment comes to take my revenge on Victoria’s father, will I be able to pull the trigger if it means losing her forever?

Sybil Bartel – Hard Limit – I didn’t survive growing up in the nation’s most violent cult only to be taken out by an innocent blonde.

Rachel Lyn Adams – Mac – The moment she walked into the clubhouse I knew she was off-limits. That wasn’t going to stop me from making her mine.

Kim Bailey – Claiming Chaos – Kira was a voice in the dark and a threat to his control. A chaotic beauty who Bodhi must fight, kill for or claim as his own.

Laramie Briscoe – Creeker – As a Creeker, I live by two rules. Don’t f**k Banner Clark and don’t get caught doing illegal s**t, but then again I’ve never been a fan of rules.

Marissa Dobson – Road to Kaytlyn – It takes kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the walk through Hell?

Geri Glenn – Hood Rat – Georgia knew the south side was going to be rough, but she never dreamed she’d come up against anyone quite like Tripp.

Amanda Heartley – Flynn – Violence has followed me all my life, and it got worse the day I joined the Bad Breed MC.

Marie James – Desperate Beginnings – My dreams never contained hope. My nightmares always included brutality. For me, it was always a desperate beginning.

Keri Lake – Absolution – After one of his penitents confesses a brutal murder, Father Damon breaks canon law to mete out justice and ends up an unlikely pawn to the woman who witnesses his crime.

Daphne Loveling – Rebel Ink – Six is on the run, and she collides with Bullet. He protects what’s his, and she’s been his from the moment they met.

Liberty Parker – Walking the Crossroad – When Jasper and Knuckles started their MC, it was due to the Crossroads they found themselves crossing in life.

S.H. Richardson – Dread Masonry Ink – One hardened man looking for redemption. A broken girl looking for safety. An unlikely alliance forged in stone.

Roxy Sinclaire – SEALed to Protect – Could she believe that he was her protector? Or just her family’s traitor?

Winter Travers – Drop a Gear and Disappear – The only person I ever loved, taken by the men who wanted me dead. They may have her now, but vengeance will be mine.

Erin Trejo – Dark Savage – I’ve lowered myself to their standards to keep my club safe. One woman and more than one mistake bring my end closer.

J.M. Walker – Before Us – When she slipped out of my hotel room, I made it my mission to have her back in my bed. And when we finally crashed, I’d have to save her from the one person she trusted most…Me.

D.B. West – King’s Road – Hold on tight for a ride down memory lane in this Savage Kings MC prequel.

Trisha Wolfe – Cellar Door – After witnessing a murder, Makenna is abducted by a vigilante and taken to his underground lair where she unravels a secret that entangles both their lives.

GIVEAWAY – 4 winners will receive a $25 Amazon GC each

I bought my own copy and what I read so far is delicious and fun too. My review will be up soon, life gets in the way sometimes and cuts into my reading time.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Burning for Autumn by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

So happy to be part of the release day for another great story by one of my fave authors.

Congrats Freya Barker!

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When Autumn McCoy accepted a temporary work contract in Durango, she thought it would be a safe way to add some spark to her existence. She may be getting more than she bargained for when she finds herself the target of impending danger.The outspoken forty-two-year-old isn’t prepared for that spark to ignite flames threatening to engulf every aspect of her life.

Buried under the weight of responsibilities, all interim Chief of Police, Keith Blackfoot, wants is to get back to good old-fashioned detecting. He gets his chance when an encounter with a feisty redhead seems to incite a wave of arson cases. Although a visit from friend and firefighter, Roman “Chief” Proudfit, provides some direction, he’s left to battle an invisible menace fueling fires that could leave his town—and his heart—in ashes.

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The first standalone in an exciting new series, On Call by Freya Barker is part of Susan Stoker’s Special Forces World!

BUY LINK – Amazon

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list

To celebrate, Ms. Barker is doing a Raflecopter giveaway, check it out!
Prize is $25 Amazon GC. GOOD LUCK!

Release Blitz organized by Buoni Amici Press.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya’s complete backlist, and keep up to date, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • BookBub
• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Goodreads •

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

WANTED: An Outlaw Anthology – Cover Reveal –

Hello and welcome!

I am so happy to be part of the cover reveal for this awesome anthology.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Marianne Nowicki
Photo: Reggie Deanching, RplusMphoto
Model: Matthew Hosea
Release Date: January 8, 2019

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Get ready to go for a thrill ride with 20 dangerous bad boys who live on the wrong side of the law!

In this anthology, you’ll get 20 never before released stories about bikers, gangsters, and vigilantes from 20 of your favorite New York Times and Amazon bestselling authors!

Being bad has never felt so good because 100% of the proceeds from this set will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This incredible deal is only available for a limited time, so grab your copy today!

Please note that these stories include strong sexual content and adult language that’s not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

PRE-ORDER – 99c for a limited time

Amazon US • 
Amazon UK •  
Amazon CA •  
Amazon AU

•  
B&N • 
Kobo • iBooks

Join the WANTED: AN OUTLAW ANTHOLOGY READERS’ GROUP on Facebook

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Included in the anthology:

Lane Hart– Dalton – ATF Agent Bradley never suspected that the pretty, charismatic bastard was actually an unrepentant thief, born to be an outlaw.

Angela Snyder – Devious – When the moment comes to take my revenge on Victoria’s father, will I be able to pull the trigger if it means losing her forever?

Sybil Bartel – Hard Limit – I didn’t survive growing up in the nation’s most violent cult only to be taken out by an innocent blonde.

Rachel Lyn Adams – Mac – The moment she walked into the clubhouse I knew she was off-limits. That wasn’t going to stop me from making her mine.

Kim Bailey – Claiming Chaos – Kira was a voice in the dark and a threat to his control. A chaotic beauty who Bodhi must fight, kill for or claim as his own.

Laramie Briscoe – Creeker – As a Creeker, I live by two rules. Don’t f**k Banner Clark and don’t get caught doing illegal s**t, but then again I’ve never been a fan of rules.

Marissa Dobson – Road to Kaytlyn – It takes kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the walk through Hell?

Geri Glenn – Hood Rat – Georgia knew the south side was going to be rough, but she never dreamed she’d come up against anyone quite like Tripp.

Amanda Heartley – Flynn – Violence has followed me all my life, and it got worse the day I joined the Bad Breed MC.

Marie James – Desperate Beginnings – My dreams never contained hope. My nightmares always included brutality. For me, it was always a desperate beginning.

Keri Lake – Absolution – After one of his penitents confesses a brutal murder, Father Damon breaks canon law to mete out justice and ends up an unlikely pawn to the woman who witnesses his crime.

Daphne Loveling – Rebel Ink – Six is on the run, and she collides with Bullet. He protects what’s his, and she’s been his from the moment they met.

Liberty Parker – Walking the Crossroad – When Jasper and Knuckles started their MC, it was due to the Crossroads they found themselves crossing in life.

S.H. Richardson – Dread Masonry Ink – One hardened man looking for redemption. A broken girl looking for safety. An unlikely alliance forged in stone.

Roxy Sinclaire – SEALed to Protect – Could she believe that he was her protector? Or just her family’s traitor?

Winter Travers – Drop a Gear and Disappear – The only person I ever loved, taken by the men who wanted me dead. They may have her now, but vengeance will be mine.

Erin Trejo – Dark Savage – I’ve lowered myself to their standards to keep my club safe. One woman and more than one mistake bring my end closer.

J.M. Walker – Before Us – When she slipped out of my hotel room, I made it my mission to have her back in my bed. And when we finally crashed, I’d have to save her from the one person she trusted most…Me.

D.B. West – King’s Road – Hold on tight for a ride down memory lane in this Savage Kings MC prequel.

Trisha Wolfe – Cellar Door – After witnessing a murder, Makenna is abducted by a vigilante and taken to his underground lair where she unravels a secret that entangles both their lives.

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I have read books from two authors in this fabulous line-up: Geri Glenn and J.M. Walker, looking forward to discover the other authors’ works.

Watch for my review post in January 😉

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

KEEPING 6 by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

If you remember I took part of the cover reveal back in April for an upcoming release from Freya Barker. It did release on May 2, 2018 and it starts a new romantic suspense series, the Rock Point series.

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Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever. The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare. Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

BUY LINKS: Amazon US • Amazon CA • Amazon UK • Amazon AU

If you missed my post in April, click on this link to read the excerpt there.

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I had the opportunity to read an ARC and here are my thoughts on it.

5 stars

When I first saw the cover I was intrigued. The title had me thinking. After reading the book, I am impressed by the author’s ability of inviting me in this new world and making it so easy to stay for a while. The story is a balanced mix of suspense and romance, fast paced all the way thru. Damian’s family is hilarious, enjoyed seeing their close-knit relationship. Loved the fact that Kerry and Damian are mature characters that I can relate to, their relationship is fast developing but feels real. The other thing I liked is that I didn’t have a clue who the main bad guy was until almost the end, so had me turning the pages to find clues. It ends with a HFN which is satisfying. Looking forward to more in the future books in the series.

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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

To keep in touch with Ms. Barker and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram •
• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Goodreads •

Check out the awesome Rafflecopter giveaway which ends on Sunday.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Cover Reveal – Keeping 6 by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

I am excited to be part of the cover reveal event for Freya Barker‘s upcoming book.

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Keeping 6, book 1 in the Rock Point series, a romantic suspense is releasing May 2, 2018. Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!

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Cover Design: Rebel, Edit & Design

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Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever. The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare. Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

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Here is a small excerpt…

Damian

“You?”

My head whips around at the sound of a woman’s voice.

It’s been a long-ass morning already with meetings I would’ve loved to have avoided. Since being put in charge of the Durango field office, it seems I spend more time in meetings than working in the field. I swear each week there are new task forces put together, and I can barely keep up. I stepped out of the office for a much-needed break to find that the coffee shop around the corner had a sign plastered on the door stating they were closed due to a family emergency. Desperate for my caffeine fix, I kept walking and bumped into Kerry’s Korner: Books & Brew. Something about the name is familiar. I push the door, which opens with the ring of a bell, when I hear her voice.

She’s pretty. The woman behind the counter looks like a seventies flower child, with wild, dirty blonde hair, some kind of flowy top leaving her collarbones and a goodly amount of cleavage exposed, and a pixie face. Something about her is familiar, and it appears she knows me, too. Fuck if I can’t place her.

“Got me at a disadvantage, sweets,” I tell her with a shrug.

“You’re FBI,” she says, propping her hands on her nicely rounded hips. “I remember you.”

I look at her a little closer. Not a hardship, there’s a lot to check out. Those pale gray eyes trigger a memory. “You’re Kimeo’s girl,” I say, remembering the case a few years ago when I first saw her for the briefest of moments. A case long since put to rest, but not before this woman was snatched and roughed up before we got to her. We’d been called in by Gus Flemming, a friend of mine who owns an investigation and security company in Cedar Tree. Kimeo, the wife of one of Gus’s guys, found herself in the middle of shady land deals and this woman, her best friend, had been kidnapped to ensure her silence. I may not have remembered her name until I saw her standing behind the counter of Kerry’s Korner, but I sure as hell remember her. I also remember the wedding ring on her finger, which is why I didn’t bother looking twice at the time.

The hands resting on her hips no longer sport that wedding ring, just a large knuckle ring on the middle finger of her left hand as a sort of fuck you to the world. I bet she flips that bird easily, judging by the attitude she throws off. I like it.

“Kerry,” she says, almost as a challenge.

“Right. You look better now,” I tell her, making her snort loudly.

“No shit. I’d just been used as a punching bag when you found me and shoved me into the back of a van without a word.” Yup, most definitely a challenge. She doesn’t like me much, I deduct from the slightly distasteful look on her face.

“Was a little preoccupied with my investigation. Sorry if I didn’t take the time to make nice.” Fuck me, I sound like a dick. Something about her attitude grates on me, especially when she rolls her eyes dramatically before placing her hands on the counter in front of her and leaning over.

“Damian. Right?” She doesn’t wait for my confirmation before she continues, “Well, Damian , what brings you to my bookstore?”

“Coffee. Straight up,” I tell her without blinking. She turns her back without a word and starts fiddling with the expensive-looking machine on the sideboard, and I take the opportunity to check out her backside. “Double shot?” she asks over her shoulder, catching me ogling.

“Good guess.” I smile at her, which only earns me another eye roll. Attitude in spades, this one. As much as it irritates me, it somehow turns me on, too.

She’s late thirties, maybe forty, if I had to venture a guess from the lines around her eyes. She obviously laughs a lot—something I wouldn’t mind hearing. I have a feeling with that slightly raspy voice of hers, her laugh will sound even sexier. She’s not wearing a stitch of makeup from what I can tell and seems totally at ease in her skin. Not usually the kind of woman I find myself drawn to, but this one has an appeal all her own. Most women I end up with are well put together: stacked, sweet, and sultry. Just the way I like them. This one, though? This one is like the fucking girl next door. Fresh-faced, with a hippy vibe, barely enough tit to fill my hands, but an ass that should be framed, it’s that lush. Always considered myself a boob man, until I just got an eyeful of her backside.

While she doctors the elaborate coffee machine, I take the time to check out her shop. An older building, it has an old-fashioned facade with shallow bay windows, displaying an assortment of books, framing the door. Old wood floors that have been left bare to the wear and tear of foot traffic, resulting in a well-worn look more suited to an old saloon. Rows of rugged bookcases, jutting out from the back wall, with chalkboard display signs indicating the different genres. The counter is on one side in front of the window and on the opposite side, in front of the second bay window, is a small seating arrangement with an old, brown leather couch and two club chairs around a small, round coffee table. On the counter is a large, round, glass cake stand with pastries.

“Here you go. Anything else with that? A pastry to sweeten you up a bit or perhaps a book on appropriate social behavior? I have both.” I can’t stop the smirk tugging at my mouth. This one’s a handful, for sure. Too much of one. I pull out my wallet and slap a couple of dollar bills on the counter.

“Nah,” I drawl. “Not the kind of sweet I’m looking for, and as for the book, I’ll just wait until you get done with it. You’re probably due for a reread.” I snag my coffee off the counter, and with a wink, I saunter out the door, leaving her standing with her mouth hanging open and fire shooting from those pretty gray eyes.

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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

To keep in touch with Ms. Barker and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• websitenewsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram •
• Amazon • B&NiBooks • Kobo • Goodreads

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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