Exclusive Excerpt: The Redemption by S.L. Scott

REDEMPTION

Coming November 3rd is the much-awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, The Resistance by S.L. Scott! The Redemption features Dex and Rochelle’s story and can be read as a standalone. You can expect the same rock star sexiness, emotion and romance as you can see from the delicious little excerpt below.

Synopsis

redemption coverHe was everything she never wanted. Yet, she couldn’t stop thinking about him.

Soulful, amber eyes

A sex, drugs, and rock n’roll reputation

A body that beckoned for sin

Three years ago Rochelle Floros was living her dream come true… then lost it all. On the worst day of her life, the last person she expected to be there for her was a rock star and tabloid favorite. Now, she’s trying to rebuild her life after the tragedy that destroyed her fairytale. Slowly, she found herself captivated by a sexy, bad boy drummer she had known for years.

Rochelle was caught between the grief that shrouded her heart and the charismatic man that made it race. What she didn’t know is if he was being sincere or toying with her heart. The Redemption is about finding the pulse of your soul in the most unlikely places and giving love a chance to grow.

Can what she wants really be what she needs? With his rhythm and her passion, can they make music together? Or will their harmony be lost forever?

Excerpt

“I’m leaving tomorrow.”

Wrapping my arm around him, I ask, “Where are you going?” I know he can hear my fears, the loss of him already felt deep within.

“I’m going to my grandfather’s house for a week. My mother called a meeting. My brother will be there.”

“Would you like me to go with you?”

He kisses my forehead, then says, “I wouldn’t wish that kind of trip on an enemy. Definitely never on someone I love.”

Love. My head swims in the undertow of his words. “You say things like that so easily, like you think I won’t notice.”

That makes him laugh, which is something I love. He replies, “I’m tired of hiding my feelings, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna shout it from the rooftops just yet. I have a lot of shit to deal with that I don’t think you should be dragged into.”

“I think we’re both tired of hiding. That’s why I came over.”

Maneuvering over me, with an eyebrow wiggle, he asks, “So you’ve finally fallen for my charms, huh?”

I smile. “Your charms have been working a lot longer than you know.”

Hovering over me and with a cocky head nod, he says, “I knew I’d wear you down.”

“Oh, Mr. Caggiano, you’ve worn me out… I mean down, several times.”

Pressing his hips and his very apparent erection between my legs, he says, “And I look forward to doing it again.”

“Who knew the wild, bad boy drummer of The Resistance had the willpower of a saint? Not me.”

With a deep laugh, he says, “Me either. Just know when we’re together again, it won’t be just sex. It’ll be an unwritten contract. A promise from my heart to yours.”

My heart starts thudding in my chest and I pull him down, bringing his lips to mine and kiss him, making my own promise to him.

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About S.L. Scott

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies. Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

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Review: The Collectors’ Society (#1, The Collectors’ Society) by Heather Lyons

My Thoughts

One of the most inventive stories I’ve ever read. Brimming with sexiness and romance, magic and lore, it’s a modern-day fairytale adventure that is not to be missed.

5stars

Synopsis

the-collectors-society-front-coverFrom the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot–ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

My Review

Heather Lyons’ talented imagination pours onto the page in a magical mix of realism and lore as she takes us on an unforgettable adventure through time and ultimately through Wonderland. I’ve never read a story such as this before—one that is both wonderfully dreamlike and emperically real. Lyons manages to immerse us in a world where the well-read pages of our favorite classic novels constitute history… where the words and the characters and the worlds we escape into come alive in brilliant color. It was a fascinating and riveting reading experience. And while the ingenious elements devised contribute to the fantastical feel of the story, the interactions between the characters are relatable, contemporary and entirely swoon-worthy. I’ve loved every book Heather has released, but she has truly outdone herself with The Collectors’ Society.

“Are you ready for your next adventure, Ms. Reeve? Are you ready to once more slip through a looking glass?”

After many years in Wonderland, Alice struggles to find peace and sanity in the real-world. The intoxicating, all-consuming effects of Wonderland have not been completely extricated… the aching, vivid memories whispering to her at any given moment. When a stranger approaches with an alluring, yet mysterious job offer, she finds her path redirecting once again, bringing her closer to the world she’d been failing to forget. In the blink of an eye, she’s in New York City amidst a secret group named The Collectors’ Society, in a time she couldn’t begin to imagine. She learns that her beloved Wonderland is in peril and only she can find the path back to that magical place she called home for so many years.

“It is hard to walk away again when so much is in chaos.”

Alice is befuddled by truths about herself, her world, her future, as her eyes open to a reality difficult to process. Lyons keeps us in intriguing suspense, as secrets swirl both among Society members, as well as in Alice’s past. Alice is very much a mystery herself, and we see her struggle to make sense of her past, her present and her potential future. Her curiosity beckons her to question everything as she falls through a different kid of rabbit hole altogether.

Alice meets a group of fascinating, new people, with stories to tell of their own, and that includes her attractive and gorgeous partner, Finn. Every time she’s around him, she’s drawn to his resolve and intelligence. But there’s more to Finn that meets the eye, and in typical Alice fashion, she is determined to learn more about this enigmatic boy. Time starts ticking, however, as danger looms. Alice and crew must find the villain responsible for destroying the lives of so many, and they must do it quick as worlds hang in the balance.

“One would think I’ve learned my lesson, that I know better than to foolishly go forth into the unknown.”

I loved seeing Alice in action. As an adult, she’s a fierce fighter—intelligent, inquisitive and independent. She’s the kind of heroine I love to read about, with heart and vigor, but with a relatable sense of vulnerability. Heather Lyons does an amazing job creating that wonderfully exhilarative feeling of falling in love, as the chemistry between our two protagonists sizzles on the page.

“Sometimes, you feel like you’re floating, lost in space. I was lost, without purpose when I left Wonderland… But then I came to the Collectors’ Society. I met you. My feet found solid ground. A fixed star shines in my sky.”

I don’t want to spoil any moment of this unforgettable adventure, you will have to devour it yourself to see how masterfully layered and penned it is. I loved the way she mixed literary references amidst contemporary dialogue, how she evolved the characters we thought we knew into people with expanded dimension. It felt like a hybrid novel (a trend I think we’ll see more of in the coming year) with elements steeped in multiple genres: fantasy, romance, suspense and adventure. For those of you that are skeptical about jumping into a book that seems different, I urge you to give it a try. You’ll find the romance we all love, but with so much more wrapped around the love story, which is decidedly new adult. Alice is all grown up and I assure you, you will fall in love with Finn! I’m so excited about this novel and its continuation, and I can’t wait to read more! I am still on such a high from reading it.Absolutely one of my favorite reading experiences of the year! 5+ stars!

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Note: This novel is the first in a series, but concludes a portion of the story’s plot. No cliffhanger.

About Heather Lyons

HEATHERHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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Exclusive Excerpt + Signed Giveaway: Playing It Safe by Barbie Bohrman

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I’m so excited to feature author Barbie Bohrman and her latest contemporary romance release, Playing It Safe, about two people trying to find their happy ever after, despite the past, despite their fears and insecurities. Read the excerpt below to get a glimpse into this fun and sexy novel.

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Synopsis

playing it safe coverJulia Boyd has dated more than her share of jerks, and she’s done even pretending to like them. Putting her dating life on hold and focusing on her event planning career is a much safer bet for the blue-eyed blonde…until she meets her newest client.

Organizing the opening for an art gallery should be a breeze for Julia, but gallery owner Alex Holt is becoming very distracting. Tall and muscular with enough charisma and sexy dimples to make Julia swoon, Alex could be the perfect man. The two of them click immediately, creating enough witty banter to ignite sparks.

But just before flames of passion can erupt with Alex, Julia begins planning an engagement party…and learns the groom is Aiden, the man who broke her heart years ago. When Aiden admits that he still has feelings for Julia, everything changes. Should she seek shelter in the familiarity of the past, or should she risk everything on a brand-new love?

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“As I was saying . . . your ground rules.” He places his hands on my shoulders and then runs them down my arms. “I’m of the opinion that they’re a waste of our time at this point because there are far too many things I want to do to you. And after last night, there is no fucking way that I can stand to be away from you for one more moment.”

Alex takes my hands in his and raises them until my palms are resting on the door slightly above my head. When he lets go, he swipes my hair to the side and holds it in place with one hand while the other skims down the side of my body and eventually stops at my hip. He leans in closer so that his lips graze my ear, and I close my eyes, relishing the contact.

His breath is warm and his voice gravelly when he finally speaks. “Do you want me to stop?”

“I . . .”

“Julia,” he says seductively while his hand trails lower, sending shivers down my spine. He grabs a fistful of my skirt. “It’s an easy question.” He pauses and kisses me below my earlobe. “Yes . . .” Another kiss, this time on my neck. “Or no.” He punctuates the no with a thrust against my ass.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this aroused in my life. He hasn’t technically done one thing to me, yet I’m in his control. Under his thumb. Damn the Rolling Stones and finally figuring out what the hell that song is really about. Christ, why am I thinking about a freaking song that is probably more than twice as old as I am when I’m about to get nailed by Alex? Focus, Julia!

“No,” I murmur in between ragged breaths that are now coming in a rush. Come on, did you really think I’d be able to hold up much longer? Me neither.

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About Barbie

barbie bohrmanBarbie Bohrman was born and raised in Miami, FL and ultimately moved to the Garden State where she currently resides with her husband and two children. Life, and all that comes along with it and having long since given up on her dream of pursuing anything in the writing world, a prologue contest in a book club garnered her interest enough to throw her hat in the ring to see what, if anything, would come from it. From that contest came the roots of her debut novel, Promise Me. When she is not writing you can find her trying to get through the 1000+ books on her Kindle, or watching Lost or Seinfeld.

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Video Review: Stone Cold Touch (#2, The Dark Elements) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My Thoughts

Jennifer L. Armentrout packs more of that one-of-a-kind magic,
wit, suspense and swoon-worthy, heart-consuming romance
in this exciting sequel. Loved it!

5stars

Synopsis

stone cold touchEvery 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….

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Review: Beta by Jasinda Wilder

My Thoughts

Jasinda Wilder flips the story unexpectedly in this suspenseful page turner designed to get your heart racing from the very beginning.

4.5 to 5 stars.

Synopsis

Beta iBooksRoth and I are on an open-ended tour of the world. Roth being Roth, this means missionary in Morocco, reverse cowgirl in Calcutta, bent over the bow of a houseboat in Hanoi, slow and sleepy on St. John. Anywhere and everywhere, in every conceivable position, and some I didn’t know were possible.

Life was pretty incredible.

Until I woke up in his chateau in France, alone. On the bed next to me was a note. There were only four words:

He belongs to me.

 

My Review

This story is not what you expect. It doesn’t go down the path you think it would. Jasinda Wilder manages to surprise me by flipping the story onto its back and it totally works. She flipped a trope in a way I didn’t expect and in a way that shed light on Roth’s behavior in Alpha. In fact, I enjoyed this book much more than its predecessor, which surprised me, given that I loved the first book too. The characters felt better developed, the connection between our two protagonists believable and richer, the story line well paced. I loved that she kept the sexy backbone of the story, but I felt as if this sequel focused more on the characters, their past and the feelings that sparked and coursed between them. In addition, the suspense was utterly addictive as my heart raced anxiously through some harrowing and chill-inducing scenes. The story darkens and there were aspects of it that were hard to read from a character experience perspective, but I thought the way she brought awareness to a topic explored was rather bold.

“And everywhere I looked there he was. Telling me he loved me. Him, Valentine Roth, gorgeous, ripped, talented, gazillionaire businessman. He loved me. And he never got tired of telling me, showing me, making sure I knew I belonged to him.”

Kyrie and Roth had been living their happily ever after. Their time spent devouring each other between the sheets as well as globe-trotting to a new, exciting place each time the sun rose. But one day, Kyrie wakes up to an empty bed… a cold and chilling emptiness made worse by a knife and a note… He belongs to me.

“You are mine, my dearest Valentine.  I want you at my mercy.  I want you squirming and begging. So beg, Valentine. Beg me to stop.”

Roth’s absence unearths truths that were buried… dark truths Kyrie is shocked to discover. And suddenly, bullets rain all around her as danger pursues and she’s swept into a new reality she couldn’t begin to imagine.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you at all, so I’ll cease the major plot points there.  There’s a great deal of action, some heavy emotional issues and tons of suspense. This book really does have a different feel to it and I think lots of people will really enjoy this second installment. The only thing I battled with was the ending. Jasinda chose to end in an intriguing way (a perspective she explains), yet I would have loved to see a more tightly closed conclusion given the circumstances IF the series ends here, if it does not, it’s really rather perfect and a solid 5-star read. You guys will have to weigh in once you read the suspenseful continuation of Roth and Kyrie’s story. I assure you, you’re in for a ride!

“You belong to me, Kyrie St. Claire. That is true now and that will always be true.”

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Note, if story lines that cover rape/torture/violence are triggers, this may not be the book for you.

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About Jasinda

Jasinda headshotNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. ​Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake. Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.

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