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A showplace for talent. A
playground for love. STARSTRUCK. A new contemporary continuity series by Beth
Ciotta, Cynthia Valero, and Elle J Rossi. Three authors. One world. Launching
with Ciotta’s sexy novella—Obsessed.
A hot-mess of controversy and scandal,
Dakota Breeze—tarnished pop star of fading fame and fortune—accepts a friend’s
offer, taking refuge in a small Midwestern town in order to rehearse her
comeback concert in secret. Starstruck is the perfect venue however rehearsals
are marred by Dakota’s reluctance to resurrect her former bad-girl persona and
complicated by an anonymous death threat.
Enlisted by a mutual friend, Wyatt
MacDermott—a seasoned protection specialist—agrees to act as Dakota’s temporary
bodyguard. Forced to set aside a personal grudge in order to fulfill his
duties, Mac’s stunned by his fierce and instant attraction to the reckless
celebrity he’s long associated with his greatest regret.
Obsessed with conflicting needs and united
passion, Dakota and Wyatt spin out of control, indulging in a whirlwind affair
and tempting an avenger’s wrath.
I am a huge fan of Beth Ciotta. You can always depend on her for a sexy fun read. Her novella OBSESSED is no exception. Dakota Breeze is a former "Pop" Princess trying to make a comeback. Wyatt is hired as a security expert to protect her as she rehearses for a comeback at Starstruck.
I don't often choose stories about stars in the music or movie business. Spoiled, overindulged and self absorbed doesn't appeal to me for a hero or heroine. But I knew that if anyone could pull a "star" off well, it would be Beth Ciotta. Dakota is harsh at first and hours after meeting her new protector, she has a melt-down and does something foolish. Little does she know, but Wyatt has a connection to her that she doesn't know about and while he could have chosen to be vengeful, he decides to go the other way and be a professional. And this means he needs her cooperation, especially since she has started to be threatened.
So what would keep me interested in a bad-girl start and an uptight bodyguard? Ms. Ciotta began to peel back the layers of her characters in a perfect pace, one layer at a time. You are introduced to Rusty, a country star who owns Starstruck, and who provides to both Dakota and Wyatt a wonderful friendship. When Wyatt first meets Dakota, he doesn't really want to be her babysitter. But Rusty steps in and tells him that Dakota is not what she seems and to give her a chance. And layer by layer Ms. Ciotta paints the real Dakota. A woman who is haunted and remorseful, and who just wants to enjoy her career the way she really feels about her love of music before the producers and managers take over and take the joy out of it.
Of course, there is the sexy chemistry between Wyatt and Dakota. In a short period of time, they come to know and understand each other and the possibility of a happy future opens up for them both.
This story draws you in and you can't help liking not only the main characters, but there are plenty of secondary characters that make you smile. And the changes in Wyatt and especially Dakota make you feel good that they get their HEA. And we could all use a friend like Rusty. Do yourself a favor, read this story!
naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy"
by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in contemporary, historical, steampunk,
and paranormal romantic fiction.
Beth lives in NJ with her
husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A retired professional performer, Beth
now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her
colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com
her aching chest, fought for an even breath as Mac steered the sedan through
the gates to her temporary residence. She hadn’t meant to spew or to beg. She
didn’t want his pity.
But she did
For all his
indifference, he made her feel safe. At this point she’d welcome anything, even
the company of Ice Man, to minimize her stress. Stress messed with her
concentration and judgment, undermining her on-stage performances and her
pursuit of private serenity.
exposed and raw, Dakota pushed her agenda. “So are you with me or
respond. Of course, he didn’t respond. The man was a freaking robot.
stopped just shy of the house and, with a white-knuckled hold on her purse,
Dakota pushed open her door. Her shoulder sang with the effort, but she didn’t
groan or complain or even wince. Mac was right. She was lucky to be alive.
his cold rejection from her mind, focused on Maggie. She needed to check on her
ailing assistant and she didn’t want to compound matters by looking like a
scream stuck in her throat as her new bodyguard backed her against the car.
“One,” he said,
spearing her with steely grey eyes, “You don’t move without telling me first.
Two: As soon as we get in the house, I want that letter. Three: I say jump, you
jump. I’m talking unflinching trust, Dakota.”
It was the
most he’d said to her since they’d met and even though he’d done nothing but
issue arrogant orders, a strange sense of calm snaked through her tense being.
Pinned between the tank of a car and her broad-shouldered bodyguard, Dakota
held his gaze and raised onto her toes, her mouth a breath away from his own.
“For me to jump, MacDermott, I need to know something other than ice flows
through your veins.”
that she indulged in one last impulsive act. She pressed her lips to his,
anticipating rejection. Anticipating Antarctica.
blew her away, melting her bones with a deep, searing kiss. His touch, his
taste, his passion dazed her far more than any spinning car. Who could think
straight with his strong hands exploring her curves? With his massive erection
raging between them?
over to the intensity, the wonder, the mind-blowing melding that obliterated
morality. Just shy of her jumping his freaking bones, Mac cooled her jets by
know,” he said as he reverted to professional indifference. “And if you’re
smart, you’ll leave it at that.”
Hi. Welcome back to this week's BCT! This week, my fellow bloggers and I have a Free Day where we each pick whatever we want to talk or review about. Come and join us. I can't wait to see what my friends are writing about.
My subject pick this week is:Let's Talk to the Animals! Who doesn't love animals? I don't know what it's like not to have a pet around whether my many dogs, cats, birds, horses, guinea pigs, and even my Beta fish named Nathaniel. Pets are an important part of many peoples lives and lately a lot of the books I have selected feature animals. Right now I am reading NEED YOU FOR KEEPS by Marina Adair where the unselfish heroine Shay who fosters animals is arrested for helping save some kittens. Animals are big scene stealers. Whether they are raiding a woman's undie drawer or knocking over the Thanksgiving dinner table, they provide us with some special moments as a plot device. They give us warmth, humor, and of course love. They also bring out the best in the humans that love them. This week, I am going to share a few titles with you all. Some I have just read and others are part of the ever growing TBR pile. I hope you enjoy.
NEED YOU FOR KEEPS by Marina Adair
When it comes to caring for the furry residents of St. Helena, California, groomer and pet rescuer Shay Michaels can handle anything. Humans are another story, though especially Deputy Jonah Baudouin. He's the town's resident superhero: upright, uptight, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous, even when he's investigating complaints about Shay's beloved foster animals. And that spells danger for Shay, a free spirit who can't risk trusting the wrong person again.
Jonah and Shay have been circling each other ever since she came to town, and he's running out of reasons to "not" kiss her senseless. But this deputy is a straight shooter with his eye on the sheriff's badge. He can't afford to get involved with Shay, a chaos magnet with luscious curves who's liable to turn his career and his life upside down. He enforces laws. She breaks them repeatedly. Keeping her out of trouble is becoming a full-time job and it's one he hopes is never going to end.
ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Jill Shalvis
Co-owner of the town's only kennel, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life. Pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire.
It's Brady's nature to resist being tied down, but there's something about Lilah and her menagerie that keeps him coming back for more.
UNLEASHED by Rachel Lacey
What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time? Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.
Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...
NO ONE LIKE YOU by Kate Angell
No One Expects a Curveball For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.
Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .
IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D D AYRES
When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire… For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.
Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart? And Last but not least, a futuristic novel featuring--Dust Bunnies!
Silver Master by Jayne Castle
Cadence City matchmaker and para-resonator Celinda Ingram meets her match in security specialist Davis Oakes. On the hunt for the powerful relic that Celinda supposedly bought as a toy for her pet dust bunny, Davis must use all of his unique psychic abilities to try and wrest the ruby red object from the suspicious duo, keep his desire for Celinda in check-and keep them all safe from those who will do anything to possess the relic. I hope you enjoyed some of my suggestions for books for the animal lovers out there. I know there are tons more out there. What are some of your favorite stories that featured animals? I love when you share, there is always room for recommendations. And don't forget to visit the blogs of the other members. Please visit us again next week, April 30th, when we review: CURSED BY FIRE by Jacquelyn Frank.
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About The Book
Two of the wildest hearts in Scotland fight for their destiny in this searing-hot
romance, sure to be devoured by fans of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound
series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories.
bear-shifter in a pack roaming the Scottish countryside, Bryce Matheson
embodies brute force and untamed abandon. As a widower, he’s running scared.
When Bryce attempted to open his scarred heart to another, she grew tired of
waiting for him to state his intentions, and the unearthly beauty spurned him
for someone who wasn’t worthy. But now that fate has conspired to set Kenzie
Denune free once again, Bryce vows to finally win her love.
a witch who summons her powers to protect those too weak to care for
themselves. After surviving an abusive husband, she swears off men—even men
like Bryce, whose iron muscles make her knees weak, and who’s piercing eyes
fill her with longing. Her life’s purpose is to help others. However, dark
forces have different plans for her gifts. To save herself, Kenzie must team up
with the shifter who has always stirred her soul—and trust in a passion
powerful enough to set her blood aflame.
Vonnie Davis really knows how to write a wonderful romantic tale set in the Highlands. Bear shifter Bryce Matheson has a hard time trying to win back the love of his life, Kenzie. He hasn't broken Kenzie's heart once, but twice. Hurt, she made the mistake of marrying another man, the wrong man, and she paid for it dearly. No one could blame her for wanting nothing to do men, especially Bryce. He realized his mistake and he wants to make things up to Kenzie. This second book in the series is just as good as the first. There is a blend of romance, humor, suspense, and magic all rolled up into a wonderfully emotional tale. And as Bryce and Kenzie begin to reconnect, it comes none too soon because there is a dark force searching for Kenzie, and secrets from her past are revealed. I love the scenes with Bryce and Kenzie who are obviously crazy about each other and it is also great seeing Bruce's family again as well as the scene stealer Effie. Colleen, Bryce's daughter steals a few scenes as well and touches your heart at the same time. I can't wait for Ronan's story. I highly recommend this story.
Vonnie Davis, who studied
English at PennState, likens herself to a
croissant: crusty, wrinkled, flaky—and best served with strong coffee. After a
career as a technical writer, she’s spending her retirement playing fairy
godmother to her characters, giving them their happily-ever-afters. Six
fantastic, talented kids call her “Grandma” and brighten her world in so many
ways. She lives in Southern Virginia with her husband, author Calvin Davis.
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About The Book:
The first novel in New York Times bestselling
author Cynthia Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search
Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial
and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when
knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman
is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial
killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.
awoke in an Atlanta hospital,
her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper
and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in
her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.
and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe
knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous
obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike
disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten
the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.
This new series by Cynthia Eden starts out fast and furious. Gabe Spencer doesn't know what to think when a beautiful woman called Eve stops at his organization called Lost. Here, he and his team search for the missing. It seems that Eve has suffered a trauma and has lost a lot of her memory. And unfortunately, there have been missing woman who resemble her. I love the quick pace of this story and the attraction between Gabe and Eve is sexy and electric. Ms Eden really keeps you guessing who the villian is. This first story in the LOST series does not disappoint and I can't wait for the next book TWISTED which is coming out soon.
Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.
“I think you’re a woman who has been hurt.” No
denying that. “One of my team members, Wade Monroe, is contacting the Montgomery family. We’ll get DNA
from them and find out—”
“If I’m Jessica.” There was hope in the words.
Enough hope to break his heart.
“When will we know?”
It would take a few days, even with the strings
that he could pull. “As soon as possible,” he said, not wanting to give her a
“Thank you.” Then, just like that, she was
across the car, giving him a tight hug. “Thank you.”
His arms wrapped around her, an instinctive
response. She smelled faintly of flowers, a sweet scent that teased his nose,
and her body was soft against his.
She tried to pull away, as if realizing what
she’d just done.
For an instant he was tempted to hold her, to
keep her close.
She’s a client. Focus.
He let her go, but his body ached.
“I … um … I should get inside.”
Yes, she should. While he was still clutching
tight to his control. The control that said he shouldn’t push her. Shouldn’t
want her so much. Not when she’d already been hurt so badly.
Her fingers reached for the door.
“Let me,” he said, voice rumbling, and Gabe
climbed from the Jag. In seconds he was on the passenger side, opening her door
for her. She rose, and her body brushed against his.
He stepped back.Distance.He seriously needed to put some
distance between then. But even with some fast steps back, he could still smell
that light and sexy scent that clung to her body. And he still wanted her.
“Your shrink asked me a lot of questions about
you,” Eve told him as she stood temptingly close.
Gabe inclined his head. “I’m sure—”
“I think she wanted to know why I respond so
much to you.”
Oh, hell, she’d just said … He cleared his
throat even as part of his body surged in quick response toher. “It’s a tense situation,
“You don’t look at me as if I’m a victim.”
He stopped talking.
“I mean, you know what I am, but you still look
at me and seem to just see me … as a woman.”
“Others see you the same way.” Doc Tyler sure did. Bastard.
“It’s different with you,” she murmured as she
stepped even closer to him. Her head had tilted back so she could look into his
eyes. “I don’t know what I’ve felt for other men before.”
Why did the idea of others have his body
knotting with tension?
“But I know that when I see you, I want.” A
hushed confession. “I just … I needed to tell you that.”
And he needed to make his self-control a hell
of a lot stronger. Her lips were just inches from his, and he wanted her mouth
beneath his. Wanted her lips open. Needed to taste her.
“You’re the first man I’ve wanted since I
opened my eyes in that hospital.”
He could actually feel his control splintering.Client. Cli—
“You probably don’t want me. I—I might not be
Now her gaze had fallen, as if in
embarrassment. Had she really just asked if she was his type? She was probably
every damn man’s type.
“But you make me feel normal again, so I had to
His fingers curved under her chin. “Eve …”
Her smile was a little too big. Too bright. “I
don’t think I can handle anything else right now, I’m …” She pulled away.
Stumbled onto the sidewalk. “I just wanted to tell you how I felt,” she told
Then she walked into the shelter, her steps
hurried. As if she were running.