Secrets and Sins: Malachim is dark, dangerous and delish

Secrets and Sins MalachimChances are excellent you won’t be putting Secrets and Sins: Malachim down for something as trivial as eating, or sleeping. Nope, it’s going to take something a lot bigger to pry this one out of your hands.

In this, the second book of the Secrets and Sins series, Naima Simone grabs you by the throat from the opening line and just refuses to let go. I won’t mislead anyone, the first chapter is dark and ugly, setting the stage for a heroine with a very long way to go before she can find anything resembling a happily ever after. For some readers that sort of thing isn’t what they want to see when the crack open a romance novel. But as much as I enjoy a great fantasy book, I really love to dig into stories that reflect real life. Malachim hits reality out of the park while maintaining the romance arc.

Danielle is an abused wife until the night she realizes she is only one moment of crazed madness away from death. She puts her abusive husband behind bars, divorces him and flees, creating a new identity for herself in another state. She begins life over again in Boston, where she meets Malachim, a lawyer on the edge of losing everything and in desperate need of a paralegal. Out of options and despite her apparent lack of experience, he offers Danielle the job.

Sparks fly between the two from the start, but each has reasons to hold back from exploring their feelings. Both are keeping deadly secrets and both are harboring emotional damage. Each has their past come crashing in one brick at a time until the world seems to be crumbling down around them. Since I don’t do spoilers here, I’ll just leave it there.

Luckily for you, Ms Simone has three more books in the series, beginning with Gabriel, followed by Malachim, Raphael, and finally Chayot. Each is connected as the four men are all best friends, but each also works as a stand alone story. 

One more thing makes this your Friday Read this week. Malachim is free (as of this posting). So go! Get thee post haste to the nearest book purveyor of your choice and grab a copy!

Oh, and if anyone can tell me where I have to go to find that man on the cover, I will be forever in your debt. Not for ME, I’m happily married! It’s for my Man Candy board on Pinterest…there’s an opening.

Can’t have an open space on a Pinterest board…right?

Happy Friday reading everyone and enjoy the weekend!

 

 

Wendy Sparrow Gets Past My Defenses

Wendy SparPast My Defensesrow delivers a sexy and fun paranormal romp with a twist in her June release, Past My Defenses. The heroine, Vanessa (Nessa) is a shape-shifting Lycan heroine with some pretty serious allergies. After a run through pollen infested woods, a tangle with a cat triggers a reaction that knocks her out.  She wakes up to find herself locked in a cage and scent mated to a very puzzled but completely intrigued human, Dane. No fast talking on her part will convince him that he didn’t see what he just saw as she shifted into her human form. Her very naked human form. 

Sparks fly and the tension builds as they are caught between the pack’s Alpha leader, poachers and the irresistible bond growing between them.

Dane is strong, sweet and sexy, and not afraid to challenge Nessa’s alpha ruler when it comes to matters concerning her. He’s everything readers want from their literary hero. In this story however, it is Nessa who captures my heart and carries the day. Quirky, flighty and carrying a short fuse, she checks off character flaws like a how-to list from “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days”. It’s no secret I love me a damaged hero but they are a lot more prevalent  than damaged heroines, hence my fascination here.

Bless her little furry heart, Nessa and her list of issues are right up my alley. At times she’s enough to drive a man, human or wolf, bat shit crazy and she doesn’t hesitate to go her own way when she feels she must.  That makes her interesting and someone I can relate to.

Granted, it might make also her my long lost sister… but that’s a blog post for another time.

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.

Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.

They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

Author Sahara Roberts courts Desire & Deception

In a world that celebrates the cut-throat, step on anyone who gets in your way attitude especially in business, one of the most amazing things about being an author is how everyone shares the love. We help each other, offer advice, constructive critique and when you’re very, very lucky, sometimes even a NYT best selling author will take a few minutes (actually 45 minutes in this case but who’s counting!) after hosting a chat to graciously talk to you, one on one, about your plot. I don’t want to drop any names, lest the author in question be flooded with “help me” requests, but she is one of my favorite authors. (Sorry, this will not help you find her). It was hard to be all cool and collected while sweating through my Fan-Girl urges, but I think I pulled it off.  Hopefully she’ll read this and know how very much I appreciated her time and insight.

So how did this miracle come about you ask? (Seriously, you know you’re curious). My girl Sahara Roberts, a.k.a. trouble maker in arms, crit partner and all around bestie, that’s how. She asked a favor of the aforementioned author and you could have knocked me over with a feather (admittedly not an uncommon occurrence on a Friday night but this was a Wednesday!) and (this is the amazing part) she agreed to go over my WIP  issues with me!! Did I mention NYT best selling author??

So, I ended up feeling much better about my plot, I’m logging words again, and if I squint real hard, after a couple of shots of Grey Goose, I swear I can see the finish line off in the distance. I’m kidding! Sorta. Anyway…

Something else unique to authors, we actually love it when one of us makes it, reaching the status of Published Author. We help each other, stay up late untangling plot lines and offering support, not just to our friends but the community at large. Where else could someone like me, a total stranger, have a one on one with (yeah gonna mention it again) a NYT best selling author?! It is, quite simply, an awesome community to be a part of it. So right here, right now, I’m very happy to showcase my best friend’s debut novel:

Sahara Robert’s “Desire & Deception” (Entangled Publishing)

Someday when I get the big bucks I’ll spring for a website that comes with drum rolls, Ta-Da’s and confetti fireworks, until then you’ll have to settle for this girlfriend, and my congratulations!

Fireworks

Thanks to Public-Domain-Image.com for the great photo

 

 

Desire and Deception

 Tessa Marshal has fulfilled her long awaited dream of homeownership. She celebrates by taking a vacation with a friend but gets more than she bargained for when her adventure becomes a terrifying ordeal.

Kristopher “Kris” Harmon has spent years climbing the ranks within the Mexican cartel. He walks a tight line between vicious drug runners with agendas of their own and working with the cartel leaders he’s trying to organize. Any distraction could prove fatal for him.

Their worlds collide when Tessa is mistaken for a drug mule and taken captive. As time runs out for both of them, Tessa has to reach beyond her fears and trust a stranger while Kris must choose between his lifelong ambitions and saving Tessa’s life.

If they want to survive, both must trust that there is more to the other than what meets the eye.

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