RETURN GIVEAWAY :)

So, I realize I’ve been quite AWOL for a while now. I blame college and their long ass applications. And civics. SIGH.

ANYWAYS, in apology (SORRY!) I wanted to give away a couple of books that have just been in my room, and dying to be given to a loving owner! SO, I will be giving away paperback copies of:

– Trust in Me by Jennifer Armentrout 

-Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. 

I really loved both these books, and they’re two of my favorite genres, historical romance and young adult romance! 🙂

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1. Follow my blog

2. Comment on this blog post with the most recent 5 STAR book you have read

3. Like my Facebook Page

4. Follow me on Twitter (@bookedblog)

GOOD LUCK GUYS, and watch out, because I have some great books and reviews coming up!!! 🙂

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW & 20 FUN FACTS & GIVEAWAY!): Red Hot Obsessions Anthology

Title: Red Hot Obsessions (Boxed Set)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Wordcount: 800000+ or about 3000 pages

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Ten top selling authors come together to bring you ten titillating full-length novels of love, passion,

discovery, and anticipation designed to tease the senses.

Your next obsession starts here.

Hot men.

Lusty women.

Dirty, raw, and arousing.

Enough angst to twist your insides.

From first kisses, to dangerous encounters and college seductions, we’ve collected all your favorite

stories and combined them into one scintillating read filled with the confident, sexy and mysterious

bad boys that will make even the nicest girl’s heart throb with desire.

 

  • His Wicked Games (Ember Casey): Lily would do anything to save her father’s failing business- even take on the infamous billionaire Calder Cunningham. But she’s not prepared for the wicked

    terms he has in mind…

  • Fierce (Clarissa Wild): Hot, brooding college bad-boy Hunter turns out to have moresecrets up his sleeve than geeky book-worm Autumn can handle. Too bad for her he doesn’t give up

    the fight easily.

  • That First Kiss (J.C. Valentine): Playboy and rising author Tate Larson is focused on his workwith no plans of settling down anytime soon… that is, until a chance encounter with Southern beauty

    Piper Donovan derails all his plans

  • Slow Burn (V.J. Chambers): A college junior, in hiding from a corrupt shadow wing of an armscorporation, finds herself saddled with a restrained, no-nonsense bodyguard—who also happens to

    be jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

  • Layers Deep (Lacey Silks): He needs her to save a friend. She needs him to plan herrevenge. Their pasts scar them Layers Deep. Their passion distracts them… and distractions can be

    fatal.

  • Learning Curves (Olivia Rigal): Ariane wanted to spice up the life of her cooking school but one of her Americanstudents may be hotter than she expected.
  • Can’t Shake You (Molly McLain): Carissa’s gotten herself into a mess with an imprompturenovation project, and the only contractor available to help her out happens to be the one man

    she’s never been able to forget. Josh is also her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, therefore completely off-
    limits…unless they don’t get caught.

  • His Indecent Lessons (Sky Corgan): When Cheyenne started her first year of college, she didn’texpect to fall head over heels for one of her professors. His interest is totally academic though, and

    he’s going to give her private lessons she’ll never forget.

  • Sorority Pledge (Daizie Draper): Inexperienced college students, Addison and Logan,recognize the need for power play in one another when they first meet. But as they dive into a

    BDSM lifestyle while trying to balance college life, they discover their sizzle doesn’t come without

    consequence.

  • Rae Omnibus (Blair Babylon): Rae will do anything to stay in college and for her dream of a clinic for autistickids, but when the sexy and mysterious owner of The Devilhouse offers her job, she realizes that her

    small-town definition of “anything” was far too limited.

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RED HOT OBSESSIONS WAS SOME SERIOUSLY HOT STUFF. Just saying 😉

No, but honestly, theses short stories/mini-books were GREAT, because they ranged over every type of love story one could ever wish for. Every author took their own spin on these hot gorgeous boys and the witty and full-of-humor girls, and it was SUCH a great read. PLUS, I got to read 10 books in one shot. So, it was great.

Some of my favs? Were actually the first two I read. His Wicked Games and Fierce. I really liked these two the best because they had such great storylines, and made my heart pound, but they were completely different stories.

His Wicked Games is the adult love story, and it was so fun watching the main character, Lily, as she journeys her way through the man that is Calder, who was one FINE man. 😉 What I loved most about this story was that it didn’t oversell anything or anyone. The story ran very smoothly, and usually, when I read short stories, I sometimes feel as if the stories are forced and authors are clamoring to put huge story into less words, and that just annoys me at times. But His Wicked Games was really smooth in that Lily’s and Calder’s stories weren’t rushed at all. In fact, they took their time exploring each other and, even though I felt it was a litttle predictable ;), I still really enjoyed their story and YAY for happy endings 🙂 🙂 I would give it 3.5/4 STARS!

Next, we have Fierce, which was some seriously good reading material 😉 It follows the story of college freshman, Autumn who meets other college freshman, Hunter, but theirs isn’t the typical college romance, because Hunter is a bad boy. And when I say bad, I mean BAD. But, I mean bad boys are always the best right? 😉 Hehe. I actually really felt the chemistry between the two, and at times I was feeling for Autumn, because I was like, “What the hell is Hunter doing right now?!”, but it all worked out. The thing I liked most about Fierce? The intricately woven story. I had my doubts in the beginning, but it was a great ride. All the plot twists and events had me guessing until the very end and speaking, of the end, YAY! I absolutely loved the ending on Fierce. It was in no way abrupt. Rather, it brought the entire story to an end while bringing the entire story together and giving me and the rest of the audiences the closure needed 😉 It was a GREEAT ending and I LOVED LOVED LOVED HUNTER ❤ 🙂 I give Fierce 4 STARS!

All in all, Red Hot Obsessions was a great read! There were so many great characters and stories in one anthology and it was soooo much fun getting to see their stories play out and all of them come into their happy endings.
As a whole, I give it 4 STARS!!!! 🙂

  1. Olivia Rigal sings every Wednesday night in the karaoke club
  2. Olivia Rigal went to dog grooming school
  3. Lacey Silks had a passion for acting when she was a teen. As an extra she met Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Ricky Lake, Brendan Fraser, Jerry O’Connell and Shirly MacLain
  4. Lacey Silks is afraid of flying. If you ever sit beside her on a plane, don’t mind the Hail Mary’s. And good luck getting to the bathroom. She will not unbuckle her seat belt through the entire flight
  5. Before she was an author, Ember casey worked as a pastry chef. She’s never met a cake (or puff pastry, or tart, or chocolate truffle) she didn’t love
  6. Ember Casey started writing Romance because her critique group kept telling her that her attempts at Young Adult were too, uh, “adult”
  7. J.C. Valentine is a reality TV junkie. The Kardashians hold her prisoner often and without mercy
  8. J.C. Valentine loves thunderstorms. They’re perfect for writing
  9. Clarissa Wild always drinks tea when writing, and she needs at least 2 cups of earl grey tea a day
  10. Like the main character in her book Fierce, Clarissa Wild is actually quite a book-nerd, and not just that … she loves playing videogames as well
  11. Sky Corgan actually participates in the BDSM lifestyle as a dominant
  12. Sky Corgan has to have complete silence while writing, so no coffee shop writing
  13. V.J. Chambers still watches The Vampire Diaries, and she’s still on Team Damon
  14. V.J. Chambers has a cat called Isis, and she does not like to relinquish the keyboard for her to actually write. She would rather lie on it
  15. Blair Babylon has lived in 5 US states: Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey and New York
  16. Blair Babylon was a child actor and model who did over 30 TV commercials and a short-lived PBS series
  17. During her tween years, Molly McLain began writing while listening to Wednesday night dedications and requests on radio. Since no one ever dedicated a romantic song to her, she made up her own love stories instead. To this day, all it takes to get the creative juices flowing is a little REO Speedwagon
  18. Molly McLain is a closet WWE fan. She may or may not fangirl over Randy Orton to the point her children refer to him as her boyfriend. They’re also kind enough to pause the TV when he’s on so she can drool
  19. Although Daizie Draper’s pretty kinky, she’s more of a switch than a straight-up sub. The BDSM in Sorority Pledge veers into many untested areas for her because Addison, the sub in the story, learns she’s masochistic, which I Daizie is not
  20. One of Daizie’s quirky things is that she hates crumbs, like stepping on them with her bare feet. It just irks her like nothing else

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BLOG TOUR+REVIEW & Giveaway: London Bound by Nana Malone

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Title: London Bound
Author: Nana Malone
Series: Chase Brothers #1
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publication DateApril 1st2014
Source: I was given a review copy from in return for an honest review
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It wasn’t exactly like spunky, photography student, Abbie Nartey ran away from her life…except, that she left under the cover of darkness and put three thousand miles between her and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal. She went to London searching for her dream. She never expected to find love, or herself.

Heir to his family’s tech fortune, sexy, Alexi Chase, is looking for freedom—from his family and from his past. What he’s not looking for is love. With secrets like his, he can’t afford to let anyone get too close. But a chance rescue has him wondering if the price of keeping secrets is too high.

Will Alexi risk losing love to keep his past hidden? Will Abbie trust herself enough to love again? Or will their pasts keep then from accepting true love?

This book contains mature themes and is intended for audiences 18+

My Feelings!

London Bound was really a great read for me. It had everything I love. The hot boy. The beautiful girl. And the adventure, haunting pasts, and gorgeous supporting crew that make a book whole. Abbie and Lex were such a great couple, and their story was neither too fast nor too slow. It was just so right, and they were seriously made to be with each other, and I felt it.

AND SO, let’s start with Abbie. Who I adored btw 🙂 She was a girl caught up in a bad situation, and who had the guts to finally take her life into her own hands, and have the ability and strength to recognize what her true passion was. She basically followed her dreams to the other side of the world, and for that alone I already admired her. And I was only like 30 pages into the book. So, of course, she gets better and better, in my opinion. She is one levelheaded and strong girlie, but I think what got me the most was that she didn’t let her past dictate her present, and she let go of all her bad experiences to let herself discover what happiness was, and she found that with Lex. *SIGH* SO BEAUTIFUL ;’) Basically, their happy moments had me going like this for the entire time.. 😉

YYAYAYAYAYA friends.

Speaking of beautiful…and gorgeous…and hot…and BRITISH 😉 HAHA Lex was a great hero. He had the typically great looks and money, but he had the haunted past and the personal issues as well. For me, the only kind-of bummer was the predictability of the big dark secrets. I was pretty much able to piece together a lot of the twists from the book, and personally, I love me some surprises, so Lex’s story and all the reactions to it were not as poignant as they could have been. But other than that, I really enjoyed his relationships with everyone, especially Gemma and Xander, because it showed the depth of his loyalty and love for both of them *hint hint* HAHAH JK. no spoiler zone.

And of course, he totally fell head-over-heels for Abbie, and I definitely loved that part as well. Made me want my own happy ending. And in London, of course. I loved the banter, the straight-talking, and the pep talks that all the characters received from each other. I saw the family within the book, and for me, that is what makes a good book better: when the supporting characters really feel like a part of the story and everything and everyone comes together to make a perfect cast 🙂

All in all, I really enjoyed this read, and other than a few minor things, I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a dreams-comes-true or making-my-own-way read 🙂 It was seriously such a cute read and I loved Lex and Abbie the entire way, and I know you guys will too 🙂

3.5 BUTTERFLIES from me!

 

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USA Today Best Seller and iTunes Breakout Books author,Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin.It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.

While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Nana also writes sizzling erotic novellas as Q. Malone: http://www.amazon.com/author/qmalone

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BOOK BLITZ + EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: To Know Me by Marcy Blesy

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Title: To Know Me
Author: Marcy Blesy
Series: To Know Me #1
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publication Date: August 21st, 2013

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To know me is to die.

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the “perfect boy” with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves.
**TO KNOW ME is the first book in a new YA romance series that follows Mae from her senior year in high school through her first two years in college as she learns to accept the consequences of her past mistakes that keep impacting the relationships with those she loves…and those she shouldn’t.      
Out now:  TO KNOW ME…TO LOVE ME…TO FORGIVE ME..
& coming in summer 2014: TO CHOOSE ME.

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To know me is to die. I mean, to really know me, like when you know I can run for hours without so much as a water break, or that cinnamon sugar doughnuts are my weakness, or that my dad gave me a whole different name. But I don’t let people get that close. I’ve learned the hard way. Too many people die in my life. Grandma said I was only unlucky.

“It’s not your fault all those people you love die. It’s just bad luck that you’ve had to deal with grief so young. Not fair at all,” she’s said. That was right before she dies on my seventeenth birthday and right after my sister Laura, my dad, and my dog Petie.

I direct Mom Number 4 toward the front door of the high school. I always get a new mom when I transfer school. I have yet to find a school that allows a seventeen-year-old to register herself. I wanted to graduate in Ohio, but too many people started asking questions. They weren’t important questions. Just stuff like, “How come I can’t ever come over to you house?” or “Why won’t you ever talk about yourself?” or when I do. “That’s not what you told so-and-so.” I had to leave. To let people into my life isn’t an option anywmore. But there’re no worries anyone will start to ask questions here. It’s already March. That diploma is as good as mine. Then I can enroll in online college and try to salvage something of my pathetic life.

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Marcy Blesy is the author of several middle grade and young adult novels and short stories. Her picture book, Am I Like My Daddy?, helps children who experienced the loss of a parent when they were much younger. She has also been published in two Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as various newspapers and magazines. By day she runs an elementary school library and enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.

Marcy is a believer in love and enjoys nothing more than making her readers feel a book more than simply reading it. She likes to connect with her readers via twitter (@marcyblesy), email (mablesy@yahoo.com), or her blog(www.marcyblesy.com).

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EXTRAS: Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

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BLOG TOUR PROMO: Love Shots by Sidonia Rose

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Title: Love Shots
Author: Sidonia Rose
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: April 4th, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services Inc.
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Kyle Pierce used to know what she wanted. At the top of her list was the perfect boyfriend. She found him in Lance Makin her senior year in high school. She was the head cheerleader and he was the new star quarterback.

Even going to separate colleges was no problem for them.

It was perfect until the weekend it all changed for Kyle. She has new priorities that include her own education, making new friends and most importantly NO DATING!

That is until Nicholas Richards moves into her world. He’s not taking no for an answer. He’s her friend and he wants her to date him.

Kyle isn’t going to date Nick. She doesn’t mind hanging out or running errands. She tells him and everyone else they are friends.

Can they really be just friends?

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Sidonia Rose lives in suburban Maryland with her family. Sidonia has a long love affair with books. She started early by memorizing her Dr. Seuss books read to her, so she could read them to her parents instead. She is often found with a book in her hands or a couple of books so she can lend to a friend. You can often spot her by her toe shoes.

After a long career homeschooling she continued onward to pursue her love of books by writing her own books. Love Shots is her first novel released in 2014.

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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW, EXCERPT, & GIVEAWAY: The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock

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Title: Book One: The Girl
AuthorMadhuri Blaylock
Series: Sanctum #1
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 11th, 2013
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The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.

All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.

My Feelings!
YAYAYAY!!!!! I feel like I have been waiting for this books FOREVER!! 🙂 Book One: The Girl (The Sanctum) was a GREAT/AMAZING/FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC read!! For me, it was kind of a mix of House of Night and Blue Bloods, but it was a mix of their best qualities. This book had the BEST character evar, whether it be the supporting characters or the the mains. The writing was soooo good that the story that it told was just so clear and smooth, and the plot was soooo intriguing and it commanded my  attention every second and every page. Basically, I LOVED it 🙂
The story revolves around Dev and Wyatt. Their world is rules by a group of people who are known as the Sanctum. Wyatt and his family have been part of the Sanctum for generations and the Sanctum has found that Dev, who is a hybrid demon, is very dangerous, and Wyatt has been part of the killing squad sent out on her. But, when Dev comes into the picture and Wyatt finds her, he sees nothing but a broken girl, so he takes her in, and from there a LOT is revealed about Dev’s past, her parents, Wyatt’s family, and Wyatt and Dev’s relationship *grins*
So, the main characters were AMAZEBAAALLS 🙂 Dev and Wyatt were soooo cute together, and yeah, their relationship develops preetty quickly, but I guess that’s how it is in their world, right? Wyatt was on of those boys who I fell in love with from the start. He was soo sweet, but he still had the badass thing going on because he’s a warrior and all. It was so cute watching him fall for Dev, and then it was even better when he was fighting for her. But his relationship with his family was the best. Even though they were a family full of fighters, they made me laugh more than a couple of times. AND RYKER AND WYATT? I was kind of shipping them, but not really just because I loved Wyatt and Dev so much. LOL. Ryker and Wyatt had the best relationship. They told each other everything and ALWAYS had each other’s backs and it was a friendship to last the ages; one which I admired and totally fell for as a part of the story.
Then, there’s Dev. I have to say that she’s my favorite part of the book. Yeah, usually I fall in love with the badass hero, but this time it was badass heroine, because, I mean, Dev’s just a lot more badass than Wyatt. Sorry Wyatt.. 😉 She has all the special abilities, and she’s unique, and she poses a “threat” to the Sanctum, but she’s the kindest and in a way, the most broken one of them all. Dev was the person who I felt most connected to, and I loved that she was so relatable while still at times I was totally surprised about what she was. LOVE!
And then the plot? AHMAZING!!! I loved every second of this story and all the turns and twists took me by surprise. I couldn’t help but get sucked into the wonderful story that is the Girl. I REALLY hope there’s a second book (CUZ I MEAN, THAT ENDING!!! ASDKJHALSDKJH) cuz I would grab that book up the moment it hit stores *grabby hands* This book is one of the reasons that I love blogging. I doubt I would have ever heard of this book was it not for the blog tour opportunity, and THANK YOU for introducing me to Dev and Wyatt’s world, because it was a fantastic one.
Definitely,
5 AMAZING, BADASS, WARRIOR-STYLE BUTTERFLIES!!!

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Without making a sound, Wyatt quickly found the exact place he was seeking. Ducking under some low-hanging tree branches, he ventured into the dark, partially-hidden lair only to be met with a less-than-welcoming blade at his throat. Dev had moved slightly from the hiding place Wyatt left her and although the lower half of her body remained immobile, her arms were functioning just fine, as evidenced by the blade drawing a thin trickle of blood from Wyatt’s neck. One wrong move and she would certainly kill him.

Wyatt slowly brought his hands up to Dev’s, wrapped his fingers around hers and painstakingly maneuvered the blade away from his neck. Only then did he dare make eye contact with her.

“You didn’t really think I was just going to leave you here, did you?” Wyatt asked as he moved to retrieve his blade from Dev.

She wasn’t quite ready to give it up and slashed at Wyatt’s outstretched hand, managing to nick his wrist.

“Crap!” Wyatt sat back on his heels, holding his wrist, and laughed, “fair enough. I deserved that. I should have told you I was coming back, but I couldn’t risk Ryker overhearing or suspecting anything. Trust me, if he thought I was coming back for you he would have spent all night watching me like a hawk. So I left you and walked away and it worked. Now get over it and give me back my blade.”

Despite the laughter in his voice, Wyatt wasn’t playing. He wanted his blade.

Her name was Odara and she had been handed down the Clayworth line since the witnessing of The Code of Ten. She was sharper than any Raven blade and fit his hand like a glove. Many had fought and died at his hand thanks to Odara. She was his protector and he wanted her back where she belonged, safely strapped to his hip.

“Kill me,” Dev offered the blade at a price.

Wyatt stood up tall and glared down at Dev, clenching his jaw in irritation.

“Kill me,” Dev challenged him again, taunting him with her smug stare and grim With blinding speed, Wyatt landed on Dev, knocking her to the ground. Before she even realized what was happening, he locked down her arms and liberated his blade from her grasp. Wyatt hovered above Dev, inches from her face, momentarily tempted to slice her throat and end all of this drama. She couldn’t move a muscle.

“You are in no position to bargain with me,” Wyatt angrily whispered, never taking his eyes off of hers. “I am faster and stronger than you. So don’t even think about toying with me like that again.”

Wyatt pushed himself off of her, replaced Odara at his hip and grinned mischievously. “For the record, my blade isn’t worth your life. I just want it back. And I asked nicely the first time.”

Dev remained in her prone position, staring up at Wyatt, uncertain of her next move. She didn’t have the strength necessary to pull herself into a seated position and she definitely was not going to ask for help.

“What?” Wyatt stared down at Dev, knowing she needed help to get up but determined to make her ask for it.

Even in the darkness, Dev could see Wyatt’s eyes sparkling with amusement.

He was thoroughly enjoying this little moment between the two of them. His pleasure made her wish she had slit his throat when she had the chance. Rather than requesting his assistance, Dev focused every ounce of her energy on rolling over onto her stomach. If she could do that, she could easily pull herself into a sitting position, Wyatt be damned. She closed her eyes and focused every fiber of her being on the task at hand but nothing happened. Her body failed to react. It didn’t even twitch. The body that had so beautifully saved her from certain death at the hands of those Sanctum fools just hours earlier now couldn’t even roll over. She shook with frustration, wanting to scream to the heavens in rage, knowing such action was futile and beneath her. So she took a calming breath, opened her eyes and glared at Wyatt.

“Ahhhh, you’re back. I was starting to miss your charming scowl,” Wyatt bent low and absentmindedly pushed some of Dev’s hair out of her eyes, “was getting worried there

Dev grabbed his hand in her vice-like grip. She hated him and his snarky “I realize you don’t like me,” Wyatt pulled his hand out of her grasp and gently placed his arms around Dev, helping her to sit, unable to look at her lying helplessly on the ground for another second, “but I’m all you’ve got so by all means, continue simmering in your hatred for me but do so with the understanding that I’m on your side.

“All this stabbing and cutting nonsense has got to end. If you want to hurt me, just imagine it, okay? Pretend. Don’t actually do it. I heal quickly but it still hurts like hell.”

“Now we’ve got to get out of here fast,” Wyatt checked his watch, alarmed at how much time had passed since he jumped out of his window, “and you still can’t walk, which means I’m going to have to pick you up again. Whether you’re okay with it or not.”

He leaned back on his heels and waited, for some reason hoping Dev would respond, all the while knowing she would not. Dev listened with keen interest to every word coming out of Wyatt’s mouth. She most certainly didn’t like him, but she had to respect his determination. He fully intended to get her out of this park and to somewhere safe and against her better judgment, a tiny part of her was relieved. It was the same, small part of her that was fiercely drawn to him, like a sickness almost. And it was the part of her she most wanted to Dev hardened her resolve, focused on her intense hatred for all things Sanctum and shut down.

For an instant, Wyatt thought he saw a spark in Dev’s eyes and just as quickly, it was gone. At that moment, for reasons unknown to himself, Wyatt resigned himself to a one- sided relationship with her, one completely based upon his will to help her. He stood up and reached for her, praying she didn’t have a blade hidden somewhere, knowing that if she did, this time she would definitely kill him. To his surprise, Dev wrapped her arms around his neck and allowed Wyatt to scoop her up and into his arms, but he thought nothing more of it, knowing full well she was merely using him to further her agenda.

And that was all right.

About the Author

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Madhuri Blaylock is a lawyer by day, writer and avid shoe and dress buyer at all other times. She lives in Jersey City, but her heart remains firmly planted in Brooklyn via Snellville, Georgia. Her husband, Henry, is also a lawyer, and only a lawyer because he actually likes being a lawyer (go figure), probably always wanted to be a lawyer and is really, really good at all things lawyerly. He’s also pretty hot.

She’s got a big kid, Miss Sydney, and a little kid, the one and only Dash. They’re awesome and fierce and supremely cool and able to make her laugh at the strangest things. She would love to add a dog, some chickens, a goat and a burro to this crew. Everyone needs a burro.

Some of her favorites, in no particular order: ice cream, Kill Bill, four-inch heels, Matt Damon, tattoos, Laini Taylor, scotch on the rocks, The Sanctum trilogy, Martha’s Vineyard, “The Girl” aka her Mini, Rihanna, Doc Martens, tulips, Coach and Tami, photo booths and dancing like a fool.

One day she plans to grow up. Right now, she’s enjoying the adventure.

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