Apr 17, 2015

{Release Day Blitz} of RAFE by Jo Raven

Sexy dude

Release Day Blitz
RAFE by Jo Raven


RAFE - COVER NEW_smaller


His name is Rafaele Vestri, Rafe to his friends. Heís tall, strong, handsome. Distant. He often comes to the coffee shop where I work, but we donít talk much. He looks at me, though. Stares at me, his gaze heated, and I canít help but stare back. I want him, I wonít deny it. Iíve never seen anyone that beautiful, anyone that powerful, in my life. But heís growing more withdrawn by the day. Somethingís up, and he wonít tell.

I know about his pastóthe murder of his family when he was fifteen. I can imagine how much it must have cost him. So much violence contained in that strong body, waiting to be unleashed. What is he seeking? What is he training so hard for? Why is he looking at me like heís dying to touch me, but wonít dare?

Even as I try to stop thinking about him, get interested in other boys, I realize I canít. Iím caught, body and soul, just like that. And I tell myself, Megan, girlÖ What have you gotten yourself into this time?

Standalone novel. No cliffhanger.
*Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young readers.*

Buy Links

Naked Athlete


Iím staring at Rafeís hand. Big, strong, callused. A scar runs from his thumb to the index finger.
Heís looking at me, waiting.
So I lift my hand, place it in his. It fits on his palm, smaller, darker, thinner. He seems as entranced by the contrast as I am. His fingers curl, closing around mine. His lips part, but no sound comes from his mouth, and his gaze remains fixed on our entwined hands, pale lashes hiding the gold of his eyes.
Now Iím the one caught, transfixed. His mouth looks soft, vulnerable, at odds with his strong, angular features and the broad set of his shoulders. The need to touch his face is overwhelming, and I step closer, so close I can sense his scent. Not a cologne, but the deep scent of his skin, like musk and warm metal. I can see the rise and fall of his chest underneath the black Deathmoth T-shirt heís wearing under his open jacket, see the outline of his strong pecs.
Weíre standing so close our breaths mingle, and our bodies touch in places as we shift, feathery brushes that send fire across my skin, into my belly, making me ache. He places his hands on my waist and I grip his thick, sinewy forearms. My stomach drops as if Iím standing at the edge of a precipice, on the edge of a moment that can change everything.
Whatís happening? Itís as if in the hollow darkness, the barrier between us is crumbling, the wall heís set between himself and the world is falling.
His hands tighten on my hipbones and his lashes lift, his gaze moving to my mouth. His breathing is ragged. He tugs me against him, his fingertips digging painfully into my flesh, his arms flexing with barely controlled strength.
His arousal presses into my stomach, hot and thick, caught sideways in his jeans.
My mind fills up with static. Rafe wants me. Thereís the solid proof of his desire. The heated gaze Iíve felt so often on me is translated into a physical reaction, and it makes me feel so hot I might burst into flames. Heís so handsome, I canít help myself. I want to stroke his square jaw, drag my fingertips over the golden stubble on his cheeks, kiss those damnable dimples.

Lovers couple holding hands

Author Bio and links

Jo Raven writes New Adult contemporary romance. She loves sexy bad boys and strong-willed heroines, and divides her time between writing and reading. When not cooking up plots, she putters in her cluttered kitchen and dreams of travelling.


Apr 15, 2015

{Trailer Reveal} for Katie McGarry's NOWHERE BUT HERE!

Nowhere But Here - coverWe are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Trailer Reveal for Katie McGarry's NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series. It is being released on May 26th, 2015!!


Amazon ** Kobo ** B-A-M ** Barnes & Noble ** iBooks ** IndieBound

Add it to your Goodreads Now!

Nowhere But Here preoder banner

Pre-Order NOWHERE BUT HERE, Register your Pre-Order and you’ll get the eBook you’ve been asking for, Abby’s Story, CHASING IMPOSSIBLE absolutely free! PLUS, you’ll also be entered to win a $500 VISA Gift Card! Register at http://bit.ly/1Mt8cjr.

And check out the amazing trailer for



An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

Katie McGarry Author Photo
About Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Website ** Twitter ** Facebook ** Goodreads ** Pinterest ** Tumbler ** Instagram

InkSlinger Blogger Final

Apr 14, 2015

{Teaser Tuesday} K.A. Linde DIAMONDS

Kyla’s is giving away an ebook ARC of this book on her FB page! Facebook

Kyla’s After Party event celebrating DIAMONDS next week on the 23rd!
Join the party: Facebook Event

Apr 13, 2015

{Review} of Only Trick by Jewel E. Ann

Only Trick by Jewel E. Ann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit


“Don’t Look Back in Anger”

In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know …

I was homeless.

I’m a recovering drug addict.

My inked skin crawls from lustful eyes.

I have a serious aversion to women.

My gay partner is a home wrecker.

I own a gun and I’m a damn good shot.

I’m a makeup artist, but it’s an insult to my talent.

I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati … until I met Darby.

Now here’s what I know since that day in the ER when she pieced me back together … nothing—but a few random thoughts.

My new “friend” is distracting, clingy, and obsessed with acronyms, emojis, and phrases like “breakfast soul mates.”

I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I'd drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do … is ever tell her that.

She doesn’t know me … I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me … I think I will hate me.

My parents named me Patrick Roth, and this is my story.


I so wasn’t prepared for Only Trick, the characters just sucked me in, and the emotional rollercoaster that both leads went through in the past and future pulled at all my heartstrings. I’m a new fan of Jewel Ann, her creative writing brought two broken characters together, each learning what love can do to heal painful memories.

Only Trick follows Darby Carmichael, meets Patrick aka Trick who comes in for stiches one night on her shift. Darby was so affected by him that she lost her usual professional demeanor. After their first meeting, Darby and Trick meet again and again, a friendship builds and they become so synced in each other’s lives that they start to need each other. But even though Darby is attracted to Trick, their relationship cant become anything more because well… Trick is gay.

Darby is a sweet girl who grew up with a not so kind father, a US senator and his younger wife. She is supposed to make sure she doesn’t ruin her father’s perfect image. I adored Darby, she has this super sweet relationship with her Nana, the one parental figure, who is Darby’s number one support. The hardest part for Darby was that she was falling for Trick, their cute BFF relationship was hilarious and they were really there for each other in times of need. But with Trick being gay, Darby was struggling with her feelings, not wanting to ruin their relationship. Darby has to go through a lot of ups and down in her home life with her father and with Trick, who is having trouble with his past.

Patrick Roth is a man with a missing past. He is sure of a few things, he was an addict, lost his parents, and has sworn off women. He is a broken man who is trying to get his life together, and that’s to his friend Grady he’s become a well-known make-up artist for the rich and famous. But after meeting Darby and having someone around who just gets him, everything changes. I loved Tricks loud lifestyle but also didn’t know how much longer he was going to hold out on Darby. Their connection is undeniable, the sparks just keep getting hotter and hotter between them, I couldn’t wait for the fire to start. His character is the most developed in the end, he has one heck of a story because of his past and you’ll adore him, want to hug him and also hope he can find away to love again.

Overall I loved every little twist and turn, both leads have a lot of obstacles but have so much support for them to find happiness. Trick is a complicated character, he, I felt was the main focus since his life was so unknown. Darby is his touchstone and the one person who can bring out the real Trick. I cant wait for read more from Jewel Ann and highly recommend Only Trick for anyone looking for a steamy romance with an intensely captivating storyline.

View all my reviews

Apr 8, 2015

{Cover Reveal} Jennifer L. Armentrout's EVERY LAST BREATH

Every Last Breath - Cover
We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and then be sure to read the first books in this amazing series before its release!

Amazon ** Barnes and Noble ** iBooks ** IndieBound ** Kobo ** BAM

Some loves will last 'til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

--New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

--#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

And we have a surprise for you! The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don't miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

For best results when downloading the new cover jackets:

  • Print on 8.5x14" (Legal paper)
  • Use landscape or horizontal setting = 8.5" tall x 14" wide
  • Print at 100% scale or "actual size"
  • Print with the image centered on page
  • Fold and trim to fit
White Hot Kiss - New Cover

Amazon ** Barnes and Noble ** BAM ** iBooks ** IndieBound ** Kobo ** Walmart

WHITE HOT KISS synopsis:
One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Stone Cold Touch - New Cover

Amazon ** Barnes and Noble ** iBooks ** IndieBound ** Kobo ** BAM

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

"Constantly entertaining...the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance."

Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss
And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE...

Bitter Sweet Love - New Cover

Amazon ** Barnes and Noble ** iBooks ** BAM ** Kobo 


In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

"With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers' hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout's previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!" -RT Book Reviews

Author Photo
Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads | EVERY LAST BREATH Goodreads | STONE COLD TOUCH Goodreads | WHITE HOT KISS Goodreads | BITTER SWEET LOVE Goodreads

{Cover Reveal} Reckless (Black Thorns #1) by Franca Storm

Reckless (Black Thorns #1)
Author: Franca Storm
Publication Date: May 12, 2015


Neil “Ax” Barron walked away from the Black Thorns MC two years ago. Now he’s back as Vice President for one reason: to take out the President of ruthless rival club, the Devil’s Mavericks. A sadistic, soulless man who is also his father. Ax has his orders to carry out his mission covertly so Black Thorns isn’t thrust into open war. But when he meets his contact—a ball-busting, smart-mouthed woman—he quickly realizes he’s got his work cut out for him.

Roxana James hates bikers and a relationship is the last thing she wants. Settling down is her worst nightmare. No man will tame her! She’s content on her own and she’s done well for herself. Until a rough, dirty-talking biker turns her world upside down. He challenges everything she’s ever known.

Together they break down one another’s walls. Two opposites really do attract. The fiery connection between them quickly evolves into much more, despite resistance from them both.

But with so many forces aligned against them and Rox determined not to become part of Ax’s club life, is there really a place for their love? Or will the sacrifices needed for them to be together, come at too high a price?

 photo ATG-800x358_zpsby6eybvg.gif photo Buy Links bling_zpsldqerq8q.gif

Twisted Destiny Saga Series:
Fated Desire (Twisted Destiny Saga, #1)
Fated Betrayal (Twisted Destiny Saga, #2)
Fated Ties (Twisted Destiny Saga, #3)
Fated Love (The Twisted Destiny Saga, #4)
Fated Blood (Twisted Destiny Saga, #5)
Redemption Series:
Over the Line (Redemption, #1)
Undertow (Redemption, #2)
Reckoning (Redemption, #3)
Salvation (Redemption, #4) : http://amzn.to/1Gag6hz
The Bleeding Love Series:
All Or Nothing (The Bleeding Love Series, #1)
Battle Born (The Bleeding Love Series, #2)

Franca was born in Surrey, England and currently lives in Niagara Falls, Canada with her husband and their labrador, Rocky.

She is a long-time lover of erotica and romance novels, especially those with sexy-as-sin alpha males. She decided to try her hand at writing her own and writing romance is now her obsession and the perfect way to put her dirty mind to good use!

Her writing spans many different sub-genres of romance: contemporary, biker romance, paranormal romance, new adult, romantic erotica and romance suspense. She’s got a ton of stories to tell and many more works up her sleeve.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please feel free to stop by and visit her at the links below:

Facebook ~ Website ~ Goodreads ~ Pinterest ~ Twitter ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Google+


Apr 7, 2015

{Book Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway} Hard Ride #1: A Novel in Three Parts by Opal Carew

Hard Ride #1: A Novel in Three Parts by Opal Carew
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: April 7th 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance


Liv never expected to find herself trapped in a dark alley facing a band of rough bikers. And she certainly never expected to see him again. Back in college when they dated, he was heir to his family’s business empire–and their fortune. She expected him to become a billionaire. Instead, he’s the heavily muscled, tattooed member of a rough biker gang…and just as sinfully sexy as ever.

When Shock sees Liv again, he’s ready to pay any price to have her in his bed and on his bike. Shock has his own scars to deal with, but he soon learns that Liv is in desperate need of financial help, though she won’t tell him why. So he offers her a sensual deal: his help for her complete submission. Can Liv entrust Shock with her secret…and how can she stop herself from falling for the hard rider?

This is part one of HARD RIDE, a three part novel.


Purchase: Amazon | B&N


Hi. I'm Opal Carew, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. I write erotic romance for St. Martin's Press and Samhain Publishing, and I self-publish stories. I also write romance as Amber Carew.

So why do I like writing erotic romance? I like being able to push beyond traditional boundaries. I like dealing with a female character who is growing and evolving - questioning her sexual boundaries and pushing past them. My stories usually include menage a trois. It is great fun to write a heroine choosing between two equally appealing heroes... or more.

These aren't women who just jump into bed with anyone. They find themselves in an unusual situation - something exciting and erotic - but a situation where they have to push themselves beyond their comfort level. As a result, they grow as a person. So often fear holds us back - of what others will think of us, of what we will think about ourselves - and we don't follow our hearts. These women push past that fear.

To learn more about me and my books: Site | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter


Shock led her to a big Harley and handed her a black helmet. She pulled it on and stared at the bike.
“Get on,” he said.
She frowned, unsure how to do it with a dress on. Before she could pick her strategy, he encircled her waist with his big hands and lifted her onto the bike. Her thighs were spread wide, hugging the black leather seat, and she quickly smoothed her skirt over herself, afraid he’d gotten a glimpse of her pink lace panties. Her cheeks flushed and she realized she was being ridiculous. They were both adults . . . and they were just panties.
Shock grabbed a black leather jacket and helmet and pulled them on, then mounted the bike in front of her. He settled his big body between her legs, the warmth of him against her inner thighs sending her senses reeling.
“Put your arms around me.”
He glanced over his shoulder. “You have to hold on to me.”
“Oh, right. Sorry.” She slid her arms around his waist, her hands resting lightly on the leather of his jacket as she tried not to actually make contact with him.
He pressed her hands tight against his stomach. The feel of his hard muscles under her fingertips, even through the warm leather, sent heat fluttering through her.
“You have to actually touch me to hold on. You don’t want to fall off the bike and onto your ass, do you?” He grinned. “If that happened, then you’d be flashing those pink panties of yours to the world.”
Her cheeks flushed even hotter.
Then the engine started and the bike shot forward. She sucked in a breath and tightened her hold on him, afraid her ass would land on the pavement. When he turned onto another road, she rested her head against his back, clinging to him as the bike leaned to the side.
The feel of the supple leather against her cheek, the manly smell of it, filled her with longing.
As she clung to him, she wondered what had happened to him since she’d known him in college—whether his situation had changed or he was just defying his family. But there was no denying that he was earthier. And more rugged.
And at the same time totally intimidating with his badass clothes and his biker attitude. Which, she admitted, was a big part of why she was filled with yearning.
She knew him, but she didn’t. Which made him a mystery.
They left the downtown area and traveled along the quiet highway. She lived on the outskirts in a low-rent building on the bus line. She heard the sound of engines behind them. She glanced back to see other bikers following them. She noticed Shock glancing in his mirror, his expression drawn tight.
He turned on a side road and one of the bikes pulled up alongside them, then another pulled up on their other side. She thought it might be Shock’s friends, but there were four in all. Suddenly the bikes pulled ahead, and the two behind them pulled beside them. The bikes slowed and swerved to the right. Shock tried to pull away from them, but they surrounded the bike and forced him off the road.
“What the f### are you doing?” Shock shouted as he stopped the bike.
But two of the men grabbed his arms and pulled him from the motorcycle, and she felt a third slide his arm around her waist and pull her roughly from the seat.
“So this guy is good enough for you, but not us?”
Her gaze shot to the owner of the voice. It was Crow from the bar. And she now recognized the others, who had pulled off their helmets, as the guys who had been with him at the bar.
It took all three of Crow’s men to restrain Shock as Crow grabbed her arm and pulled her off the side of the road. Liv was terrified as he dragged her toward some trees. The others dragged Shock along with them.
Her captor backed her against a tree and leered at her, his tight grasp on her arm biting into her flesh. He grabbed the neckline of her dress and she gasped as he tore it open, revealing her pink lace bra, her breasts swelling from the top.
He pushed her shoulders back, forcing her against the rough tree bark, his dark, weasel-like eyes locked on the swell of her bosom. His sour beer breath washing across her face, paired with her debilitating fear, sent her stomach into somersaults.Suddenly, she heard a growl and a thud, then a heavy thump. She glanced around just in time to see one man on the ground and Shock’s fist connecting with the jaw of the other one. The third man rushed him from behind, but Shock turned and flipped him onto the grass. With all three men on the ground, he kicked the first, who was starting to get up, in the ribs, then stormed in her direction.
“You get your f###ing hands off her.” Shock’s voice was intimidating and dangerous.


Apr 6, 2015

{Review} of The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Myth, Romance



Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.


I’m a big fan of Shelly Laurenston’s Pride and Magnus Pack series, they always had great story arcs and tough alpha males, so I was super excited for some tough Vikings and an even tougher female lead. The back-story and connection to the Nordic and Greek mythology was by far the best part of this first installment.

The Unleashing follows Kera Watson a military veteran who works as a waitress in Los Angeles. But one night while trying to help a woman in an alley leads to her being stabbed. She is given a second chance and brought back as a different version of herself. Kera is now a Crow, apart of a group of powerful woman who fight for their god and given special abilities to handle dangerous beings and people. Along with the Crows there are many clans, such as the Ravens who are Vikings fight for their god. But something is causing trouble and Kera is thought to be the cause. No Kera and her sister crows along with Vig, work together to figure out what’s really happening.

Kera is a major hard ass, she is tough because of her military experience and has a battle ready attitude. She is trying to grasp her new life as a Crow, which doesn’t come easy due to her clashing with some of her fellow “sisters”. I loved every minute that Kera had with the rest of the Crows, Erin being her mentor clashes with her immediately. But nonetheless they need each other when it comes to battles and Kera has to learn their ways. Kera does struggle with her new life, I kind of wished she would listen to the others instead of being more of an irritation at first. But she does come to terms with her new self after Vig explains their life. Another dynamic that was extremely strong was that of Kera and her dog Brodie who was her best friend in her first life and even more of her protector in her second. She because apart of the crows with Kera and even powerful. In the end Kera is given a major task, I have a feeling Kera’s importance is just beginning and her role among the gods is going to change the Crows’ future.

Vig is a fellow member of The Ravens, who are Viking men that take on Odins tasks. He is also the man who has for Kera to have a second chance, for a long time he has come to the coffee shop where she worked and was treated with kindness. Vig is a big softy when it comes to Kera and has wanted her for a long time. My main issue with him is that he was made out to be kind of a fool who wanted to sleep with her. Later on his character grew on me but I like my alpha males not so childish. I did however like his relationship with his sister who is a valkyrie, she also has a good head on her shoulders and helps her brother with Kera.

Overall this was a great start, I loved the world building of all the clans and their god, as well as how the Crows become what they are. My only trouble was how much was introduced; I had a bit of a hard time keeping up with all the characters and the clans, along with the gods. I was able to grasp most of it by the end and re-reading bits when I got a little lost. The characters however do make the story because they were a colorful bunch, especially the Crows. Each woman was so different, their lives, careers, deaths, and power made them a force to be reckoned with. So I’ll definitely be coming back to this series because I want to see how each Crow grows.

View all my reviews

Apr 3, 2015

{Pre-Release:Excerpt} of Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde

silver bastard pre-release blitz.jpg
Meet Puck & Becca on April 7th!


First in the new Silver Valley series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club Novels.

Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward--full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That's when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he'd violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.

Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She's been terrified of him ever since, but she's even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from... But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She's living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can't ignore. She has to go back, and there's only one man she can trust to go with her--the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.

Puck will help her again, but this time it'll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants...

silver bastard pr 2.jpg

Excerpt from Silver Bastard

“The Longnecks—they’re the MC my stepdad hung around with—they kept a lot of club whores around. Do the Silver Bastards do that, too?”

“Yup,” she replied. “It’s a free country and the brothers bring guests here all the time. Some of them stick around, some of them don’t. Some find they aren’t as welcome as they thought.”

“Doesn’t that bother you?”

“Boonie’s dick is the only one that matters to me,” she replied, her voice matter-of-fact. “As for the women, I care less about who they’re sleeping with than how they act the rest of the time. Like I said, fuck with the sisters and you won’t last. Bridget won’t be back if she keeps this shit up.”

“Old ladies didn’t get to make those decisions in the Long- necks.”

Darcy smiled sweetly. “We don’t get to make those decisions in the Silver Bastards, either. Yet the right decisions still magically happen. Nobody knows how, really. Guess it’s just all our good karma coming back to us.”

My mouth dropped. Darcy winked.

“You think those men don’t need us?” she asked. “Boonie likes sleeping next to me. Gets cold and lonely when all the old ladies take a girls’ weekend in Seattle. Would be even colder and lonelier if we didn’t come back, and one time we forgot to for nearly a week. Fortunately things worked out and we found our way home again. Now things tend to work out faster.”

My eyes went wide.

“You serious?”

“Do I look like a woman who will eat shit?”

Point taken.

“Let’s get this trash out. I’m sure Puck will be looking for you soon, and I want to make sure all the girls meet you first. That boy’s crazy about you—it’s cute. Like a pit bull crushing on a kitten.”

silver bastard pr 3.jpg

About the Author:
joanna wylde.jpg
Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.

Stalk Her: Website | Facebook | Twitter |  Goodreads