Guest blog Lorna Peel

 Only You

Only You’s Mags Hollinger – The Sister from Hell?

Sisters, Jane and Mags Hollinger couldn’t be more different. Jane is reserved while Mags speaks before she thinks. Jane teaches family history evening classes while Mags is a journalist on a fashion magazine. Jane is divorced and quite happy to continue living a quiet life while Mags is single and goes to fashion shoots and gets to interview sexy actors.

But under the brash exterior, Mags loves her sister and wants to see Jane happy again. So, she and best friend Carol, buy Jane a subscription to a dating website. But, on discovering that the man of her dreams – actor Robert Armstrong – is one of her students, Jane not surprisingly abandons the dating website.

Reluctantly, Jane does her best to keep her friendship with Robert a secret from Mags knowing her mega mouth sister would blab to all and sundry. Jane dreads her sister ever finding out because Mags knows that Jane has a serious crush on Robert and Jane knows she’ll never hear the end of it.

When Mags does find out about Jane and Robert, she’s furious, hurt and madly jealous. Wisely, Jane allows her sister to vent her anger and once Mags has calmed down, she proves invaluable to Jane. Mags protects and supports Jane when she needs it most and even moves in with her sister to help pay the mortgage. But Mags will always be Mags and Jane knows that sharing a house with her will never be dull!

Excerpt:

“Right, come on, shout and swear at me, let’s get it over with.”

Jane stood back and folded her arms.

Instead, Mags just shrugged. “Robert Armstrong, eh? You always like to think that you’re in with a chance, don’t you? It doesn’t do much for your self-esteem to find out that you’re too late, that he already prefers your bloody sister. You are one lucky bitch.”

“Carol said the same.”

“Not one to mince her words, Carol.”

“No. Look, um, Robert apologises for sending the DVD via you. Not one of his best ideas, he said. He’s going to write you a note and apologise properly.”

“I can’t wait. You slept with him yet?”

Heat flooded her face. “Mags, that’s none of your business. This is not a story. Do you understand?”

Mags’ eyebrows shot up. “Is that how little you think of me? That I’d run off to The World on Sunday and sell them a story about my own sister?”

“I’m sorry.”

“If I did that, I might as well throw you to the wolves. I mean, there are women out there who would tear you limb from limb if they knew that you were Robert Armstrong’s girlfriend. There’s one particular fan site on the net some of the postings even make me blush, and that’s saying something.”

Jane couldn’t remember when she’d last seen Mags blush. “I don’t think I’ve been on that one.”

“Yeah, well, don’t look at it. Not now. This bloke I’m seeing on Friday better be something spectacular.”

“Please tell me that you don’t hate me?” Jane begged.

Mags pulled a face. “I don’t hate you. I’m insanely jealous, but I don’t hate you.”

Blurb:

Jane Hollinger is the wrong side of thirty, divorced and struggling to pay the mortgage her cheating ex left her with. As a qualified genealogist, teaching family history evening classes is a way for her to make ends meet. But she begins to wonder if it’s such a good idea when a late enroller for the class is a little… odd. “Badly-blond Bloke” both scares and intrigues Jane, and when she discovers he is her all-time favourite actor and huge crush, Robert Armstrong, she’s stunned. Even more stunning to Jane is the fact that Robert is interested in her romantically. He’s everything she ever dreamed of, and more, but can she overcome her fear of living in the public eye to be with the man she loves?

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About me:

Lorna Peel is an author of contemporary and historical romantic fiction. She has had work published in three Irish magazines – historical articles on The Stone of Scone in ‘Ireland’s Own’, on The Irish Potato Famine in the ‘Leitrim Guardian’, and Lucy’s Lesson, a contemporary short story in ‘Woman’s Way’. Lorna was born in England and lived in North Wales until her family moved to Ireland to become farmers, which is a book in itself! She lives in rural Ireland, where she write, researches her family history, and grows fruit and vegetables. She also keeps chickens (and a Guinea Hen who now thinks she’s a chicken!).

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Thank you for featuring me on your blog, Charlotte!

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Interview with KD Grace

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Interview with KD Grace

About K D Grace/Grace Marshall

Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.

K D has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.

K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, Fulfilling the Contract, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Witches trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.

K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition are all available.

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THE INTERVIEW:

Welcome KD! Well, let’s kick this off as we mean to go on. Tell me a bit about your latest books.

First let me say thanks for having me over, Charlotte. It’s a pleasure to be here on day 3 of the Lakeland Witches Trilogy blog tour. The Lakeland Witches Trilogy is paranormal erotic romance. It’s the story of Tara Stone and the Elemental Coven and their on-going battle with the demon, Deacon, who seeks revenge against Tara Stone and her coven family for her mother’s thwarting of Deacon’s plans. Though Tara’s mother is long dead, Deacon’s lust for vengeance is unquenchable, and he’ll do anything to hurt Tara Stone and the Elemental Coven. Deacon is a lust demon, and his seductive powers have horrendous consequences for anyone who succumbs. The Elemental Coven would, of course, attract him because they practice a very rare, very powerful form of sex magic. What attracts each to the other is the very thing that will destroy them in a life and death battle for the survival of the coven.

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How did you come up with the titles and storyline?

The title went through a very long metamorphosis. When the book was conceived as only a one-off novel, I entitled it ‘Love Spell,’ because there was a certain spell that involved sex, which was used to enflesh ghosts to walk among the living. When I pitched the novel to Xcite Books, I pitched it as ‘Ghost Riders,’ because the coven members often, jokingly, refer to themselves as ghost riders. Xcite didn’t like the title, and when it became clear that the novel would actually have to be a trilogy, the first novel became Body Temperature and Rising because of the ghost element. The other titles, Riding the Ether and Elemental Fire, fit the stories. The title of the Trilogy has also been renamed for the relaunch, originally being called The Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy, Xcite decided that we needed to have a more paranormal title, and the trilogy was given lovely new covers and renamed The Lakeland Witches Trilogy.

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How long have you been writing and what inspires you?

I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to put pen to paper. I never wanted to do anything else. I’m inspired by just about everything. I find inspiration often when I go on long walks or when I work in the garden. I find inspiration in my dreams. I even find inspiration ironing, though I’d rather find inspiration drinking coffee and eating chocolate while reading a good book :)

How did you get published? 

I sent out a LOT of submissions to a LOT of places, and got a LOT, LOT, LOT of rejections. Then I got a short story accepted in the now-defunct Scarlet Magazine, and actually got a check instead of a rejection letter! Success breeds success, and after I had my first short story published, the stories became easier and easier to sell. I sent my first novel proposal to several publishers before it was accepted by Xcite Books. I sent the standard three chapters and a synopsis. That was for my first novel, The Initiation of Ms Holly. My tenth novel will be published at Christmas time, and I’m writing the 11th now.

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What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?

I don’t have any spare time. Even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. And when I’m thinking about writing, I walk, I work out at the gym. I grow my own veg. I read voraciously for pleasure. I think of new and creative ways to avoid doing housework.

What is your writing ritual?

On an ideal day, of which there are far too few, I get up and work out early in the gym or go for a long walk, then I write until lunch time. I have lunch and read for an hour then I write until dinner time. I then spend the evening with my husband unless I’m on a tight deadline, in which case I write until bedtime. That’s the ideal day. Sadly, I usually spend about a third of my time on PR and marketing, but that’s just a hazard of the job, and it’s worth it to get my books and my brand as much attention as possible.

Which book (and author) are you reading at the moment?

I’m hungrily devouring Voyager, book 3 of Diana Gabaldon’s fabulous Outlander series. I’ve read them before, but since the critically acclaimed Starz Outlander TV series is not yet available in the UK, I’m comforting myself with a long-over-due reread and loving every second of it. Can’t recommend them enough!

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Write like a crazy person! Never miss a chance to get some words down. Then write some more. Push yourself to finish a project before you begin rewriting it. Too many people rewrite the first three or four chapters ad nauseum and never finish what they start. Get the words down! That’s the most important thing. Then you’ll have something worth correcting. AND don’t give up! I had a gazillion rejections before I got my first story published. It was worth hanging on for.

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Are you working on any future novels?

Right now I’m writing the next Grace Marshall novel. Grace Marshall’s novels are longer, more complex and more plot-driven, but still with plenty of sexy scenes. All through the writing of Grace’s Executive Decisions Trilogy, I kept getting requests for the resident Nerd genius, Wade’s, story, and I’m finally getting the chance to fulfil that request, which is also something I’ve really wanted to do. Interviewing Wade will be out in time for Valentine’s Day.

Ooh, I look forward to that! I’ve just started reading the second part of the Executive Decisions Trilogy. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I can’t imagine doing anything that doesn’t involve massive amounts of writing. I’d hope to have film or television rights sold for at least one of my novels for massive amounts of money so that I can spend my winters in a villa somewhere very sunny. But then again, I can write anywhere, and it doesn’t cost much :)

Thank you KD for popping by, and good luck!!

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EXCERPT:

The image of a dark figure approaching her through the fog tightened her belly and her nipples, and yet at the same time sent shards of ice down her back. It was a dream, she told herself. Surely it had to be, as she gathered herself to run.

It was a gentle touch of her arm that woke her with a start, and she looked up into the dark eyes of Anderson. ‘Come with me, out of the rain.’ He offered her his hand and helped her to her feet. She was amazed to find that he was still in the black suit, no anorak, no water proofs, no proper walking boots.

‘I lost my compass,’ she said.

‘I’m very sorry to hear that,’ he replied.

Almost before she knew it they were descending. ‘Don’t worry,’ he spoke close to Marie’s ear. ‘I know the fells like I’ve lived here forever.’ Once we get to Grange, Tara will be waiting for us.’

He made no attempt to explain who Tara was, nor did he introduce himself. That was her first clue that he might have been aware of her voyeuristic escapade.

‘We’ll be down before you know it,’ he added, turning his face into the storm.

But they weren’t. The weather worsened to a downpour. Bent double in the wind, Marie was soaked to the skin and shivering by the time Anderson pulled her into a cave that she hadn’t even seen until they were safe inside.

‘We’ll wait it out here,’ he said. He offered her a smile and gestured around the cave. ‘There are lots of caves and quarries around the Lake district. Some are fenced off for the protection of curious tourists, and others, like this one, most people don’t know about.’

‘And your girl friend, won’t she be worried?’

The tolerant smile he offered made her aware of her mistake. ‘Tara knows what I would do in such weather.’ Then he added, ‘Though she’s very dear to me, Tara’s not my girlfriend.’

Before she could say anything he chuckled softly. ‘I know that you saw us together, and there’s no need to apologize. Neither of us was upset that you enjoyed our love making. In fact we rather hoped it would please you. Besides one must certainly expect such encounters when one chooses the middle of a well-traveled path for a rendezvous. Now remove your shirt for me, please.’

When she balked, he added. ‘You’re cold and wet. I only wish to make you more comfortable and prevent you catching your death.’ He had already shed his jacket and handed it to her. She was astonished to find it completely dry. ‘You may wear this.’

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Giveaway: And to help me celebrate the relaunch of The Lakeland Witches Trilogy, I’m giving away a $50/£30 Amazon gift voucher. Enter via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post!  

AAAAAND! For more celebration of the relaunch of The Lakeland Witches Trilogy, be sure to check out Things that Go Hump in the Night on my blog for more paranormal fun and giveaways. Going on all through October! 

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Body Temperature and Rising: Book one of the Lakeland Witches trilogy (Click here for: Book Two | Book Three)

American transplant to the Lake District, MARIE WARREN, didn’t know she could unleash demons and enflesh ghosts until a voyeuristic encounter on the fells ends in sex with the charming ghost, ANDERSON, and night visits from a demon. To help her cope with her embarrassing and dangerous new abilities, Anderson brings her to the ELEMENTALS, a coven of witches who practice rare sex magic that temporarily allows needy ghosts access to the pleasures of the flesh.

DEACON, the demon Marie has unleashed, holds an ancient grudge against TARA STONE, coven high priestess, and will stop at nothing to destroy all she holds dear. Marie and her landlord, the reluctant young farmer, TIM MERIWETHER, are at the top of his list. Marie and Tim must learn to wield coven magic and the numinous power of their lust to stop Deacon’s bloody rampage before the coven is torn apart and more innocent people die.

Buy links: http://kdgrace.co.uk/books/lakeland-heatwave-book-i/

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Websites: http://kdgrace.co.uk/

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Coming in November…

City Nights: One Night in Edinburgh

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Blurb:

Chloe Shard has travelled to Edinburgh to meet up with a potential client, and has just twenty-four hours to convince them to sign her contract. But when she meets the delicious Ethan, he proves to be so much more than an enticing distraction. It’s not long before Chloe has some life changing decisions to make, and less than a day to make them.

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City Nights: One Night in Edinburgh will be released on 18th November by Tirgearr Publishing. It will be available as an e-book on Amazon US & UK, Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, & Apple.

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Tirgearr Publishing’s City Nights series is a collection of contemporary, erotic stories that take place over the period of less than a day. 

Discover the rest of the collection here.

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Thunderclap It!

I have set up a Thunderclap for Seven Dirty Words. Some of you won’t have heard of Thunderclap, so I thought I’d give you a brief description from what I can gather.

Most people have heard of crowd-funding, where you put up a pitch and hope that people will fund your project / business, in return for a warm fuzzy feeling and perhaps a few goodies. Well, Thunderclap is a bit like that. You promise to put up a post (on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, or all three) once the promotional period is over. In return, you get that warm fuzzy feeling that you’ve helped out a struggling author to promote their book. That’s it. The only problem is that for the post to go up, the author needs to hit a target. That is, if 100 people pledge to put up the post, then once the time period is up (12 days ish) then the post goes live. However, if the author doesn’t reach the target of 100 people, nobody puts up a post.

I have 5 pledges so far. That’s pitiful. So, I ask you all to help by pledging a post.

I have 10 days left to reach my target of 100 people. If everyone on my Facebook page, Twitter feed, and followers of my blog did that, I’d be laughing since I know that I have somewhere around 1,200 followers altogether. However, I’m also aware that only about 10 of you are actually reading this. Still, if you 10 fabulous people could support the Thunderclap, and share the link on Facebook or Twitter, then I still have the chance to hit my target.

The link is: Thunderclap.

Thank you for your support, I love you all.

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Guest Blog, Cass Peterson

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Writing a novella was a challenge for me, having only published short stories as Cass Peterson before. When One Night in San Francisco got under way, I managed 5000 words before my computer crashed and they were somehow lost forever.

Luckily for me, after a bit of a nudge and a large gin and tonic, some of them came back to me and once Liam and Nicky’s adventure was really in my head, the rest just sizzled along by itself.

Sometimes getting stuck in the middle of something can be a complete pain in the backside, but, as with me, other times the break can fire you up. There are the Cass Peterson list of top tips for what to do if the spiteful computer eats your words.

  • Panic
  • Lie down on the comfiest sofa you can find and eat a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate?
  • Try to remember why you thought it was a good story? What was the highlight? What could you have ditched?
  • Drink some wine. (Substitute strong coffee/tea/diet coke if the sun is not yet over the yard arm or you have a problem with getting drunk in an emergency.
  • Make a few notes about how you might start again, preferably in a smart new notebook.
  • Have a nap.
  • Do a crossword.
  • Eat something else fun.
  • Drink more wine (etc)
  • Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.

 

So there we go – I hope you like the result. Here’s an extract to whet your appetite: This is Nicky talking about … well, Nicky ….

Liam had been right when he’d called me sensual – my life was ruled by the enjoyment of my senses. The taste and aroma of strong black coffee, the scent of newly-mown grass when I walked through the park in the morning to work, the delicious feel of fresh sheets on my king-sized bed, sex on the beach with Simon. My thoughts thudded to a halt. Simon had gone, and he wasn’t coming back.

‘Nicky?’

‘Yes?’ I made myself come back to the present. This was no time for thinking about my long, disastrous relationship with the man who’d liked himself a lot more than he liked me, as it turned out.

‘Did you mind me talking to you about Erin? I didn’t intend to, it was just we seemed to be fast-tracking a bit.’ He smiled at me and my stomach flipped. He was so desperately good looking, this man – deep brown eyes, thin, angular features with that lust-inducing hint of stubble. His lips were full and firm, and his hair flopped over his face, asking to be stroked back into place. I swallowed hard.

‘No, not at all. It’s good you can talk about her. She must have been very special.’

‘She was. She …’

As he spoke, a voice through the speakers boomed an announcement. We were going to land in San Francisco in only thirty minutes. Our eyes met.

‘Look, there’s too much to say in half an hour,’ Liam muttered.

‘I know, but I’ve got your number. I’ll go to my hotel and check in, do a bit of sight-seeing and call you later, shall I? Is that what you meant?’ I was suddenly filled with doubt. We’d shared such an intense experience in the night and he’d seemed to be taking me into his confidence, but I needed to face facts. He was probably only passing the time until he could set off for this meeting, and now he’d be wishing he’d never led me on. But Liam’s next words were reassuring

‘Sure, that’d be great. I have to be picked up at the airport and go straight to work but I’ll be done by ten at the latest and then I’m going to shower and change and get out there to see the sights. I’ll have my phone with me, so call anytime you like. We’ll hook up and have lunch down by the water – you can prove to me that you really do eat. Clam chowder by the bay? And then maybe a ferry to Alcatraz?’

‘You haven’t seen the prison either, then?’

‘No, and they say everyone should go there once at least. It’s supposed to be mega depressing, but nothing gets me down much since Erin went. Sorry, I’m getting maudlin again. You should see me when I’ve had a drink. I’m not sure if you’re ready for this, Ms Lawyer.’

I giggled. ‘Nobody does depressing like me, Liam.’

‘Okay, point taken, we’ll discuss that later. And don’t forget, we have unfinished business.’

There was a silence as we remembered our night time exploits; his fingers bringing me to an orgasm I’d never forget. My frustrated desire to climb astride him and fuck him until he was incapable of speech. His warm tongue caressing my fingers and giving me a taste of what he could do if he really had time and space. My mouth was dry as I tried to pull myself together ready for landing. I had to see this man again.

 One Night in San Francisco

Blurb:

Nicky and Liam have only twenty four short hours to find out if their instantaneous attraction can develop into something more than an electric mile-high fumble. San Francisco has everything they need to put their previous disastrous relationships behind them but when they lose touch with each other almost immediately, fate seems to have other ideas. As the precious hours tick away, Liam moves heaven and earth to find the woman of his (filthiest) dreams before she leaves the city. Will he get to her in time?

Buy links: http://casspeterson.co.uk/books/city-nights-one-night-in-san-francisco/

Author Bio:

Cass Peterson is passionate about many things; her family, writing, chocolate, wine, cake, curry, gin, sunlit beaches, moonlit bedrooms and good novels to name but a few. At the moment she spends a good chunk of her time working on the day job, but she tries to fit the other passions in as often as possible.

She is a cat lover, an all-weather walker, a reader and reviewer of contemporary romance and an enthusiastic cook.

Cass likes to laugh, especially at Bill Bailey, Victoria Wood, Michael Palin and Eddie Izzard. She would happily live next door to any of these comedians.

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New Release: The Black Door by Charlotte Howard

Charlotte Howard:

Thank you, Dena Garson, for hosting today’s blog tour!

Originally posted on Dena Garson:

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Charlotte Howard has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book The Black Door. As part of her tour, Charlotte will be giving away an eBook of The Black Door, a signed print copy of Seven Dirty Words with a bookmark, and a $10 Amazon gift card (£10 Amazon gift card if UK winner) to a randomly drawn winner. See the bottom of this post for more information.

Now enjoy this interview with Charlotte:

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I wrote my first full-length piece of fiction in 2010 – it was a murder mystery / romance with lots of sex in it. I sent it off to agents and got rejection after rejection. But I didn’t let it get me down, I kept writing. At the time I was working as a freelance writer for a website, through which I made quite…

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Book Review: An Executive Decision by Grace Marshall

An Executive Decision (An Executive Decision Trilogy Book 1)

An Executive Decision

By Grace Marshall

Blurb (taken from Amazon):

Overworked CEO Ellison Thorne has no time for sex, let alone romance. The only answer, at least where his retiring business partner Beverly is concerned, is a no-strings sex clause in her replacement’s contract, designed to make Ellis’ busy life easier – and hotter. But she’s joking, right?

When Dee Henning takes over Beverly’s job, sparks fly between her and Ellis, but work takes priority in driven Dee’s life too. Can one night of passion in a Paris hotel room prove Beverly’s Sex Clause is their secret to success in the boardroom and the bedroom, and what will happen if that private clause becomes public knowledge?

Review:

I have to say that at first I was a bit dubious about the basic story line of this book. A powerful CEO, implements the “Executive Sex Clause” with his new executive assistant – which basically means that they have sex because he doesn’t have time for a relationship. But, I was pleasantly surprised! Ellison Thorne is your typical rich, gorgeous, and horny alpha male. Dee Henning is a beautiful, feisty female with a brain and a healthy bank balance.

I loved the instant connection with Ellis and Dee. There was no hesitation or denying their attraction, the ESC was put in place, and the hot sex starts as soon as the story does.

The plot follows not only the relationship of the two main characters, but also their business deals and the underhand tactics of Tally Barnes. Tally is a woman scorned – not out of love, although it’s clear she fancies Ellis, but because Dee was given a job that Tally thinks should have been hers.

Anyone who likes a hot, sexy romance with plenty of action and intrigue should certainly pick this book up and give it a go.

I’m giving this four stars because it was a great story and well-written, but it wasn’t one that I had to read in one go. I was able to put it down and walk away for several days. However, I will most definitely be starting on the second book, Identity Crisis, tonight.

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