JUST RELEASED THIRTEEN BY SCARLETT FINN

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THIRTEEN

SCARLETT FINN

PUBLISHED JULY 29, 2018

 

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Speed-f*cking-dating.

As part of their marketing plan, Oakley Orion agrees to go to the events arranged by his dating agency: MatchMate.

The last thing he expects is to meet the enigmatic Thirteen. That’s not her name, it’s her designated number, and a sign of the luck he’s about to have.

Evie is more than an enigma, the woman is sex on legs, she’s sassy, and exudes nothing but confidence.

But is she what she appears?

As Oakley peels back the layers and learns about the woman who’s become his obsession, he finds out she has a dark secret, a traumatic past, and he’ll need to be more than just her date if he wants to break down her walls and steal her heart.

Warning: Contains explicit language and imagery. Suitable only for ages 18 and over.

 

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Writer of the Explicit Series, Scarlett Finn has published over a dozen romance novels. Finding her solace in books, reading and writing have been her eternal companions through all the highs and lows of life. Be it romantic suspense or contemporary romance, she loves to explore the mystery of love and is guided by the complex heroes and strong heroines who lead the way. Writing what she loves to read, her raunchy novels jump into action from page one and keep the reader on their toes all the way to the end. It’s an adventure and you’re invited along for the ride! Excerpts from all of her novels can be found on her website: http://www.scarlettfinn.com

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CLAIMED BY THE KING -LORELEI MOONE A HOT MUST READ

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CLAIMED BY THE KING

LORELEI MOONE

PUBLISHED JULY 20, 2018

 

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“I wish you’d reconsider and at least let me put a watch on her. We do not know of her intentions,” Teaq added.

Broc scoffed. Her intentions. This was just going to be some unfortunate girl who thought she was being sent to her death.

Just like the last ones.

Lately Teaq had grown more and more paranoid. They had enough to worry about with the threats from further out at sea. As long as the humans continued to hold up their end of the truce, their peace would hold.

“Alright. That’s enough of that,” Broc said. “We’ve laid down the rules already. But I won’t have her treated as a prisoner under my rule. Let’s get on with what we came here to do.”

The many dozen or so soldiers onboard held their heads bowed as Broc strode past towards the port beam, which was by now perfectly lined up with the shoreline.
Teaq signaled the all clear and jumped over the side, landing squarely on his feet in the waist-deep water. Broc followed.

They were back on track, but this wasn’t the end of that particular discussion; Broc was certain of it. Teaq’s stubbornness was in part because as the older brother he’d always expected to get first right to the throne. He wasn’t good at following orders.

Too bad for him that their father, the late King Ryk, hadn’t seen it that way. They had fought it out just like in the old days. Hand-to-hand combat.

Obviously, it was Broc’s victory that had earned him the honor of ruling over the Black Isles. Whether Teaq liked it or not.

The salty water of the Northern Sea was close to freezing, but Broc—as well as the rest of his clan—were used to it. They were much better suited to cold temperatures than humans were.

Despite the saltiness in the air, Broc could smell the human from across the stony beach. Her scent was sweet, almost floral, with a hint of something sharp. Fear, perhaps.

His inner beast stirred. A new sort of sensation came over him. Although he hadn’t even seen her yet, he knew how this Reaping was going to end. She would be his. And she would give him his much awaited heir. It was a bittersweet prospect.

The poor girl had no idea what was in store for her.

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I received an ARC from this very masterful Author LORELEI MOONE. In exchange for very honest opinion of her CLAIMED BY THE KING BBW BEAR SHIFTER FANTASY ROMANCE SHIFTERS OF BLACK ISLE BOOK 1. This is my very honest opinion of her outstanding -out of this world -edge of your seat/page turner of a story. One that you can’t get enough of. You are held captive once you turn the very first page. This story is so magically written you find yourself transported to the Black Isle itself. You become one with the characters & scenes. Brok , Kelly and the rest of them are written so well described and defined. The reader is able is picture them right before their eyes. As for the scenes , they are so realistic. You feel you are apart of them along with seeing them. Ms Moone creativity is exceptional. The way in which she has taken pen to paper to bring this story life before your eyes is truly remarkable. One that you have you have to read and experience for yourself.
So let me begin telling you CLAIMED BY THE KING… As our story opens we find Kelly preparing to sacrificed to herself to the giants on Black Isles. The town folk every 8 years have to choose a young maiden to be sacrifice. The deal is that they villagers leave maidens tied up -say thier good-byes and walk away. No one is suppose to see what happens to them when the giants of the black isle claim them.
Kelly awaits her fate . The fog is getting dense. The ship is approaching – here come the giants. Kelly is beginning to wonder what is going to happen to her. Aboard the ship is King of the Black Isle Brok. This year it is his turn to take a mate. As they pull up to the shore Broc has his men get out and goes to the stake where Kelly is. Untie her , order her into the ship. They set off to Black Isle once again. Once back at their village, Broc decides that Kelly is his destined mate. He orders the women to help her adjust to life there. However, secrets are being kept . Will they be enough to keep these to apart? Or will they actually make to marriage feast? To find the answers to these questions and more. You need to get your COPY OF CLAIMED BY THE KING (SHIFTER OF BLACK ISLE BOOK 1). Make sure to add it to your Goodreads Reading list and to your BOOKBUB.COM account. I recommend this Amazing -Hot – Fast Read, for all. Who love an excellent shifter-paranormal romance. I give this a 5 mouse paws. Now run an get your copy today.

RE-RELEASED THE HOUSE THAT BUILT ME BY MELISSA KEIR

The House that Built Me

by Melissa Keir

Contemporary Western Romance

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Country’s newest rising star, Mandy Watkins, disappears from the limelight for a

while with the help of her good friend. She’s got a lot on her plate and needs so

me time to figure out who she is.

Travis Perkins loves gardening after teaching at the local high school. He’s deter

mined to leave the world in a better state either through his connections with his

students or his garden.

When Mandy lands on Travis’s doorstep, he believes she will be just another of his

 projects, but what neither of them expect is how much their hearts may change.

 Can two people with only the love of an old home find a deep, lasting love? Or

will their relationship end like the notes of a country tune?

Fall in love with this small town romance by best-selling author, Melissa Keir.

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Author Bio

Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career

 as a racecar driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grand

parents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that

 she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife

 and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer with WHMI (a local radio station),

, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home

blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large groce

ry bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that

feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.

She’d love to hear from you!

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COVER REVEAL FOR SHELTER FOR AMAZON’S BESTSELLING AUTHOR STEPHANIE FOURNET

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Elise Cormier has hated Cole Whitehurst since she was five years old. He’s always known just how to make her feel dumb, shabby, and — worst of all — invisible.

Even when they live under the same roof.

But that’s where Elise learns Cole’s terrible secret and why he is the way he is. Despite how he’s always treated her, Elise becomes his ally.

Cole Whitehurst has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Day in and day out, it’s up to him to keep his mother and sister safe. He’s used to giving up everything he wants in order to protect them.

And there’s nothing he wants more than Elise Cormier.

Cole has no business falling for his housekeeper’s daughter, but how could he resist? She’s funny. She’s real. And he trusts her with his life.

But, as Cole knows, loving someone comes with a price, and it may take him years to pay it.

 

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Author Bio

Stephanie Fournet, author of Fall Semester, Legacy, Butterfly Ginger, Leave a Mark, You First, and Drive, lives in Lafayette, Louisiana—not far from the Saint Streets where her novels are set. She shares her home with her husband John and their needy dogs Gladys and Mabel, and sometimes their daughter Hannah even comes home from college to visit them. When she isn’t writing romance novels, Stephanie is usually helping students get into college, setting up a tent in the woods, or running. She loves hearing from fans so you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or message her on Goodreads.

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TWICE TURNED BY HEATHER MCCORKLE

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  TWICE TURNED THE WOLVES OF HEMLOCK HOLLOW

                              HEATHER MCCORKLE

                             PUBLISHED JULY 23, 2018

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Those magnetic eyes wouldn’t look away from me, almost as if they couldn’t. His power pulsed and crackled like a growing fire, one that wanted desperately to reach out and combine with my own power. Impossible. He’d never felt that way about me. This had to be a dream. “Vidar, is that really you?”

The big smile that flashed ultra-white teeth at me was unmistakable. A mixture of child-like joy, repressed desire, and repressed anger spun me into a whirlwind that made my heart pound like a Viking drum. Was that moisture in his eyes?

“Yes, White Wolf, it’s me. By the gods, you look amazing!”

Giggles of pure happiness bubbled from me quicker than I could stop them. I couldn’t help it. I’d waited so very long for this moment. “As do you!”

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I received an ARC from the Author HEATHER MCCORKLE- In exchange for an HONEST OPINION. This is my VERY honest opinion- of her amazing and spelling binding book.Having never read any of Ms Mccorkle books before. I was unsure of what to expect from this talented Author. Ms McCorkle writes historical and fantasy books. Twice Turn is a turn work of fantasy. An amazing work of true edge of your seat/page turning ;spellbinding fantasy. She captures you from the first moment you start reading. You find yourself engulfed into the characters and scences.The characters are so well defined -you are able to see each of them right before your eyes. As for the scenes. The Author is able to paint the scenes so vividly you feel you right there in the forest or side of road with Ayra & Vidar.
As our story opens we find Vidar in a contest to become a vendari to uppskera. Ayra is the white wolf better know as the reaper. As for Vidar he is hoping to be accepted as her vendari. He would help her keep from losing herself. Odin himself has gifted these two with powers to watch over earth and shifters. Will they be able to do it?? Will Ayra accept Vidar as her vendari?? For these answers and more -you need to GET THE BOOK!
I recommend this book for all. It is a ya fantasy read. A very fast one at that. I give it 5 mouse paws. Now run and get your copy today. Don’t forget to add Twice Turn to reading list on Goodreads and Bookbub.com.So what are you waiting for Get YOur Copy NOW!!!

 

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ALL ABOVE BY REBECCA BROOKS

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ABOVE ALL (A HEART OF THE ADIRONDACKS NOVEL)

PUBLISHED JULY 20, 2018

REBECCA BROOKS

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She thought there’d be some kind of moment—some buildup or conversation or indication beyond “your mittens” and “thanks” to signal that what she’d been imagining nonstop for the whole day was about to come true.

But there was no magic moment. It just sort of happened. As if it were inevitable.

As if there were no other way.

All of a sudden, his lips were on hers, his mouth hot and sweet with cider and smoke, his strong arms holding her up as her knees threatened to give way.

His tongue searched hers gently, then insistently, and her whole body was liquid, drunk with wanting. She hooked her fingers through his belt loops and pulled him toward her. Even with all the cloth between them, the flannel and fleece, she could feel his body fitted against hers, shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, his fingers buried deep in her wild red hair.

The kiss was long but over too soon. He pulled away and she looked up into his eyes, unable to make sense of how one kiss could do this much. It was as if everything she was had melted into him. She wasn’t sure where she ended and the rest of him began.

But instead of pulling him tighter as she wanted, she loosened her grip on his waist. The momentary pause had given her time to think again, and it was insane what they had done. Her mind screamed at her heart and everything pounded in her head. What was she doing?

Ben seemed to sense her uncertainty. But he only smiled, like he wasn’t going to push. He kissed her once more on the mouth, softer this time.

“Goodnight,” he whispered, and his breath on her ear sent a shudder all the way down her spine.

He turned and trotted off into the darkness, leaving her to her thoughts. Making sure that the next time she saw him, she’d be able to think of nothing else.

She stood for a long time in the doorway, clutching her mittens, her pajamas slightly askew and her mouth open in shock.

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I  received an ARC from the very talented Author REBECCA BROOKS, in exchange for an honest opinion.

This is my very honest opinion of her hot and sexy book- Above All ( a haeart in the adirondacks novel). Having never read any of this any of this author’s books before. I was unsure what to expect. However- the fact that she had written it with the setting of the Adirondack mountains intriqued me very much.
The way in which she has described the scenrey – the mountains- the park . Ms Brooks brings them to life right before your eyes. Even the icy water in the Adirondacks- ( that really seems like it never warms up lol). Her characters are written so true to life. And are defined so well you are able to visulize them.
As our story starts out we find ourselfs in the mountains at a campsite. Where Casey Webb has ended up living from her sudden brake up ex-boyfriend. Now she has just checked in a group of friends wanting to get together again from college years. One of the guys shows up late and he is currently finishing school to become a chief. Ben Miller comes in makes small talk with her. See’s she is reading a book and decides she needs to read the book he has – begs her to take the book. Once she opens it and starts reading it- Reads the deadication. Boy is Casey hot mad! Above All he wants to Thank is girlfriend cause without her he could not have completed this book. What!! It was her sweat and tears that helped him not that bimb bo.
Later Ben seeks her out with a beer wants her to join them at the campsite. Which she does. They getting talking about her ex- the author of the book. She tells them they have him all wrong. If they only knew. Casey leaves before she gives away any information about knowing him.Ben shows up at her cabin . This is where the excitement begins !!
In order to find out what happens between Casey and Ben you NEED to read the BOOK. And ABOVE ALL what will Casey choose??
This is one hot fast read! Romance – Made for all to read – Above all ( A Heart of the Adirondacks Novel) was published on July 20th, 2018. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good Romance novel. This one has a strong heroine character in it. I give it 5 mouse paws . Now HIKE to your nearest retail outlet and get your copy today. This is one book you don’t want to miss. Make sure to add it your goodreads reading list. And then go to BOOKBUB.com and add Rebecca Brooks to your following list.
Remember now GET YOUR COPY TODAY!!!

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HOT RELEASE FOR IN FLAMES BY JESSICA JAYNE

IN FLAMES

by Jessica Jayne
Publication Date: July 23, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own. Even though her marriage to Chad Riley had its difficulties, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing or imploding.

As a fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. For the last year, Matt has suffered from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion. His sister-in-law, Gracelyn, supported him, lending him a shoulder to cry on. Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again until he finally sobered.

With the year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort. What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other go beyond the solid friendship they share. Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love together?

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The whir of a vehicle engine and the squeal of tires pulling into his driveway caught his attention. Gracelyn’s Jeep Cherokee slammed to a halt. She pushed the door open, banged it shut, and marched up the driveway in her black, heeled boots.

“How dare you,” she spewed, strutting in his direction.

Her hips swayed in a tantalizing rhythm, mesmerizing him. He shook his head, trying to gather himself. Her long, chestnut waves flowed over her shoulders. Her blue eyes sparkled with fierceness and determination. For what, he didn’t know, but she looked gorgeous. The exhaustion that had consumed him a minute ago washed away with a new wave of sexual energy. Heat spread through him and settled in his groin, thickening his dick. Something about her had him hornier than a teenager whenever she was within view, even if she looked like she might knee him in the balls.

She’d definitely be the death of him.

“How could you embarrass me like that?” She halted just inside the garage, her hands on her hips, and her chin tilted up in defiance.

“Well, good evening to you, too.” The sarcasm in his voice was light, but she raised a brow as if surprised that he’d be anything but chagrin. “I thought we already hashed this out at the pub.” Matt grabbed the hem of his t-shirt and lifted it to wipe the sweat from his face. Her gaze dropped to his exposed torso, and her expression shifted from anger to desire, if even just for a second. If he hadn’t been watching her closely, he might have missed it.

“Don’t get smart with me.” She raked her gaze back up his body. When she reached his face, he smirked. She lowered her brows and glowered. “As the evening went on, I had to field questions about your behavior. Those are my co-workers, my friends. Acting like a jealous boyfriend was immature and thoughtless. For someone who wants our situation to be nonexistent, you’ve opened a can of worms. The rumors have officially started.”

“I apologized, Gracey.” He dropped the fabric in his hands, and the bottom half of his shirt covered his abs. “I’ve struggled to deal with our situation. Seeing Jeremy with his arm around you did make me flip out like a jealous boyfriend. I freaked out. My behavior was irrational. I admit it. I don’t tend to think rationally where you’re concerned, so I don’t know what else you want me to say.”

She twisted strands of hair around her index finger and glanced down at the floor. Her anger dissipated for a split second, and she looked vulnerable, exposed, and his heart tightened at the sight. He wanted to wrap his arms around her and shelter her from all the things that made her anything but happy. Unfortunately, that likely included him these days.

“It will only be a matter of time before your mom hears about this.” She glanced back up at him. Her hair still tangled around her finger. “Roberta was apparently watching us closely. She asked me what your scene was about. You know she walks with your mom on Monday evenings. Now what?”

Roberta was a good friend of his mother’s and a bit of a nibby-nose. She’d have no problem mentioning his outburst at the pub to his mom, but he wasn’t overly concerned about it. That surprised him. All this time, he’d believed he couldn’t be in a relationship with Gracelyn because of his mother’s reaction, but as he stood here in front of this woman he adored, he wanted the world to know.

A palpable energy emanated from her. The area between them zinged with her anger, but also with something more. Need. Lust.

“Is this why you’re here?” He stepped in her direction, closing the space between them. “Did you come here to scold me? To tell me to grow up? To question how I feel about you?” He gripped her by the shoulders and pressed her against the side of his truck. She gasped, eyes wide. She tensed under his hold. Her sweet, strawberry scent enveloped him, making him lightheaded. His mouth watered to kiss her, to taste her. “Or did you come here with the hope that I would slam you against my truck, hike up your sexy dress, and sink deep inside you with my now-hard cock?”

She inhaled sharply at his words, but her muscles relaxed as if submitting to what was about to happen.

Matt lowered his mouth roughly on hers. He molded his lips to hers, eating at her mouth with the hunger of a starved man. She didn’t respond immediately, but she softened her lips, and he thrust his tongue between them, exploring and tasting her. He weaved a hand into her tresses and cupped the back of her head, holding her still so he could take her mouth the way he wanted. Hot and heavy.

ABOUT JESSICA JAYNE

Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head!

Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!

In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure.

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HOT NEW RELEASE ABOVE ALL BY REBECCA BROOKS !!

ABOVE ALL

by Rebecca Brooks
Publication Date: July 20, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north, and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She’s convinced she’s happy being alone—until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend’s hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend “above all.”

Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. The hot, young Brooklyn-bound chef offers the perfect distraction. Soon the backwoods are heating up… But as their fling turns into more, the demands of Ben’s family and budding career make moving to her idyllic town impossible.

Now Casey must decide what she can’t live without—her life in the mountains, or the man she wants to be hers above all.

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“You’re a little scary,” he whispered, turning to look into her eyes.

Casey knew he was trying to be serious, but she had to laugh. “Me? You’d pretty much only seen me in sweatpants and knew I had nothing but eggs and beer in the fridge. If I’m scary, it’s because I’m the loser monster that follows young kids around, providing ample fodder for their parents to issue warnings about what will happen if they don’t do their homework and wind up with too many cats.”

Ben smirked and shook his head. “Something tells me you always did your homework. And last time I checked, you don’t have any cats.”

“Only because I’m not responsible enough to take care of them. I can’t even keep a house plant alive.”

“Overrated skills,” he said. “And you should try a jade plant. You can neglect them to your heart’s content and they’ll live.”

“Tried it,” she countered. “I was expertly negligent and still it died.”

He pressed his lips together, trying not to laugh. “You are a special one.”

“See?” she said. “Not scary.”

“Only scary to a houseplant.”

“Which you are not.”

“But I’m serious.” Ben brought the conversation back around. “You are. You’re beautiful, smart, thoughtful, observant, kind, and an incredible artist—I mean really—and you withstand subzero temperatures—”

“The water’s not that cold,” she objected, but he shook his head.

“Don’t interrupt me when I’m complimenting you. It’s intimidating to be around someone who’s basically the whole package. And intimidating because, how do I even get her attention when she has no reason to glance my way? And then, oh my god, what do I do if she actually does?” He shook his head.

“You’re crazy,” Casey murmured, not sure what to make of this boy who clearly hadn’t been around enough women to know that Casey was anything but special, and far from scary.

“I guess I’ve never known anyone who felt this real,” he whispered so quietly, it was almost as if he hasn’t spoken.

There was a long pause. Casey had no idea how to respond. There was no way to explain how deeply she had longed for him to come back, and your dimples make my heart beat like a bongo set didn’t exactly have the right ring. It was crazy, when she thought about how little they actually knew each other.

But it was even crazier to pretend that after what they’d just shared, they could return to their lives pretending that nothing had changed.

“I think I really like you,” Ben finally said. Quietly, in that embarrassed tone he got that made her want to kiss him all over.

But instead she laughed. “You think?” She raised an eyebrow.

“I know,” he whispered in her ear, his breath shooting arrows down her spine. “I’ve had way too long to think about it, and I know.”

ABOUT REBECCA BROOKS

Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.

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JUST RELEASED! CLAIMED BY THE KING!

CLAIMED BY THE KING

by Lorelei Moone
Shifters of Black Isle, #1
Publication Date: July 20, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Shifters, BBW, Novella, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

Abandoned by her people, a young woman was being sent to her doom.

Kelly was going to be a prisoner; a slave. At least that’s what she thought as she waited for the mysterious giants that lived on the Black Isles to claim her. A human sacrifice, once every eight years. That’s what it took to keep mankind safe from these savages.

The human would ensure the survival of his bloodline. Whether he liked it or not.

Broc’s reign as King of the Black Isles had lasted seven years already. That was a long time to go without a queen and therefore, an heir. He knew what he had to do; to claim the human offering and make her his own.

When they met, it changed everything. A glimmer of hope, even of love, in unexpected places. But life on the Black Isles was far from simple. And there were powerful secrets, yet to be uncovered, that could change everything yet again.

Claimed by the King is the first in Lorelei Moone’s brand new fantasy romance series, Shifters of Black Isle. Shifters, magic and relatable characters; set in a mysterious, distant land, where anything seems possible, and yet all its inhabitants hold dear could be destroyed in an instant.

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EXCLUSIVE RELEASE EXCERPT- CLAIMED BY THE KING

Broc held on to his sword tightly, the leather of his gloves creaking loudly under his powerful grip. He could hear it, despite the screeching winds and waves battering the wooden boat.

Although they were at peace with the men of West Hythe, one could never be too careful.

Every eight years, the humans had held up their end of the bargain, though. They had left a suitable young woman behind on the shore near their villages, and nobody had stayed behind to watch the giants’ arrival or possibly interfere.

In any case, the timing of this exchange was carefully thought out: nights on the Northern Sea were always foggy this time of year. If anyone had stayed behind, they would have to be very nearby indeed to be able to see a thing.
Looking around the wooden longship, Broc could see a lot of his people were much more excited about tonight’s festivities than he was. Their chatter was even louder than the rhythmic drum setting the speed for the rowers.
He hated to have to do this; to tear a young girl away from the only life she had known and take her to the Isles against her will. Sadly there was no other way to ensure the survival of their bloodline; without this tradition, Broc’s people might become even extinct.
After the Great War, many of their number had fallen. Outnumbered, and overpowered by the sorcerers who had sided with humankind, their kind had retreated to the Black Isles and left the mainland to be ruled by men. However, their reduced numbers had meant that they would need fresh blood to replenish their line.

One can only interbreed for so long before things start to go wrong and madness sets in.

He had seen it happen with his own two eyes.
If he squinted, he could just about see the shore through the dense fog. Luckily, his people had a lot better vision than the humans, meaning they could safely navigate the treacherous waters around Hythe Bay to collect the latest addition to their clan.

Broc had first pick, as was tradition.

There was no way he could get out of it either. He’d been king of the Black Mountain and surrounding isles for seven years, ever since his father had sailed off into the next realm.

It was time to start thinking about an heir, whether he liked it or not.
“Wonder what this one’s going to be like,” Rhea next to him remarked, her tone sharp with spite. Her comment was a reference to the trouble they’d had last time. Transitions could be difficult.
He glanced over at the strong young princess, his cousin twice removed, as she stared darkly over the water leading to the coast. It was obvious she’d wanted to be his queen, but it wasn’t meant to be. A union between them would have been forbidden, in any case.

They were too closely related. And they even shared the same animal form.

Broc had always aimed to be a fair ruler; he could not make an exception to such an important rule for himself. The consequences would be too severe; the islanders’ mating rules existed for a reason.
A king must do everything within his power to ensure a healthy heir is produced. In his case this had meant taking a human as his bride instead of the relative he’d grown up with. Although he hadn’t made his intentions about this Reaping public yet, Rhea had guessed. And she had made it a point to openly express her displeasure.
Shortly before the keel of their ship threatened to hit ground, Teaq, Broc’s half-brother and commander of the Black Isle armies, gave the order to steady the oars and drop anchor. Impeccable timing as always.

Broc observed as Rhea and Teaq shared a dark look. It was obvious they each disapproved of tonight’s goings on for their own reasons.
“There she is,” Teaq spat, unable to disguise his disgust. 

His tone rubbed Broc the wrong way. It wasn’t the girl’s fault she had been sent to them as an offering in the Reaping. And what exactly had sparked Teaq’s dislike of human females, Broc had not yet understood.
“Remember, she will be shown the respect deserving of any citizen of the Black Isles,” Broc spoke in a low, determined tone.

Teaq’s jaw tensed, but he did not respond.
“Yes, my king.” Rhea averted her eyes from the shore and retreated to the back of the ship to stand watch over the waters behind them. As commander of the royal guard, it was her duty to ensure Broc wasn’t ambushed.

“Just remember what we discussed,” Teaq grumbled. “These are troubled times. The last thing we need is further complications within our own walls.”

Broc nodded.

When their father had conducted the last Reaping ritual, the girl had found it incredibly difficult to adjust to her new surroundings. For some time it was feared they’d lose her to madness, but thankfully she had recovered and integrated into their way of life some months later.

They’d instituted a new rule; the newcomer would not be fully introduced into their ways until she had obviously adjusted to her new circumstances. Teaq had wanted for things to go much further; including keeping the girl on house arrest for the first month; something Broc had vehemently disagreed with. As king, the final decision had obviously been his.

They would keep her in the dark, figuratively, but she would be as free as any of the other inhabitants of the Black Isles. At least as far as her movements within the castle on Black Mountain were concerned.

Still, it was for the best to be cautious. She did not need to know the truth about everything from the start. Humans did not handle it well when their views of the world were challenged.
“I wish you’d reconsider and at least let me put a watch on her. We do not know of her intentions,” Teaq added.

Broc scoffed. Her intentions. This was just going to be some unfortunate girl who thought she was being sent to her death.

Just like the last ones.

Lately Teaq had grown more and more paranoid. They had enough to worry about with the threats from further out at sea. As long as the humans continued to hold up their end of the truce, their peace would hold.

“Alright. That’s enough of that,” Broc said. “We’ve laid down the rules already. But I won’t have her treated as a prisoner under my rule. Let’s get on with what we came here to do.”

The many dozen or so soldiers onboard held their heads bowed as Broc strode past towards the port beam, which was by now perfectly lined up with the shoreline.
Teaq signaled the all clear and jumped over the side, landing squarely on his feet in the waist-deep water. Broc followed.

They were back on track, but this wasn’t the end of that particular discussion; Broc was certain of it. Teaq’s stubbornness was in part because as the older brother he’d always expected to get first right to the throne. He wasn’t good at following orders.

Too bad for him that their father, the late King Ryk, hadn’t seen it that way. They had fought it out just like in the old days. Hand-to-hand combat.

Obviously, it was Broc’s victory that had earned him the honor of ruling over the Black Isles. Whether Teaq liked it or not.

The salty water of the Northern Sea was close to freezing, but Broc—as well as the rest of his clan—were used to it. They were much better suited to cold temperatures than humans were.

Despite the saltiness in the air, Broc could smell the human from across the stony beach. Her scent was sweet, almost floral, with a hint of something sharp. Fear, perhaps.

His inner beast stirred. A new sort of sensation came over him. Although he hadn’t even seen her yet, he knew how this Reaping was going to end. She would be his. And she would give him his much awaited heir. It was a bittersweet prospect.

The poor girl had no idea what was in store for her.

ABOUT LORELEI MOONE

Lorelei Moone is an author of paranormal / fantasy romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.

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