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Trouble Walks In (The McGuire Brothers, #2)
Trouble Walks In by Sara Humphreys
McGuire Brothers Series; Book 2
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Published August 2, 2016
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca

 

Blurb:
Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job – but when old flame Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can’t think about anyone else.
Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest.

 

Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.

 

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PROLOGUE

 

The boy had been missing for twelve hours, and Ronan McGuire knew better than anyone that if they didn’t find the kid soon, the search could end in the worst possible way. It had been an unusually cold November, and when little David Newhart wandered away from his parents this morning in the park, he hadn’t been wearing a coat. The sun had gone down hours ago, and the temperature was close to freezing.
Ronan’s partner grew increasingly agitated as they climbed the steep incline of the hill near Turtle Pond, and hope fired brightly in Ronan’s chest. He knew the dog’s signals and could read him better than he could most people.
The boy was close.
Bowser whined loudly and tugged harder on the long leash, and Ronan swore under his breath. The enormous bloodhound had the best nose in the tristate area. Once he detected a scent, he rarely—if ever—failed to find what he was looking for. He tilted his snout to the air before spearing it back to the ground and turning left. Bowser’s lanky brown-and-black-furred body quivered with excitement, the way it did whenever the trail grew stronger.
The scent article they’d given Bowser, the missing boy’s hat, had given him a solid lead to follow, but this was more an art than a science. David had been missing for hours, and the gusty winds of late November had been blowing hard, making the search-and-rescue job that much more difficult. Well, for Ronan, it was a job. For Bowser, it was more like playing a big game of hide-and-seek. And there was nothing his dog loved more than finding what he was looking for.
Bowser kept his nose to the ground and trotted to the left toward a long stone wall. He followed the scent through the brush and dried leaves in an almost sideways direction along a wooded section of Central Park. Bowser was one of the most talented bloodhounds on the force and could detect scents up to a week old if he had to.
Tension settled in Ronan’s shoulders, and his muscles bunched as he wrapped the leather lead tighter around his hand. He scanned the area ahead, and a tickle of panic glimmered in his chest as it sometimes did when he was searching for a missing kid. Faint memories from years ago bubbled to the surface. He knew exactly how this little boy was feeling. Alone. Terrified. Cold.
“David?” Ronan shouted. “I’m Officer Ronan McGuire with the NYPD. Your mom and dad are worried about you. David, can you hear me?”
The wind whistling by his ears was the only answer. The glimmer of hope began to fade right before Bowser whimpered and made a sudden turn to the right, his long, sword-like tail bouncing wildly as he picked up the pace. A bitter gust of wind whisked through the woods, sending a chill up Ronan’s spine. Shit. Please let the kid be okay. Bowser dodged around a massive elm tree, and Ronan ran around behind him.
“David!”
That was when he spotted a dark lump…and it moved. Ronan’s heart thundered in his chest. He shone his flashlight over the area, and the breath rushed from his lungs. Got him. David was curled up in a ball in a pile of leaves at the base of the tree. Bowser barked and went right over, sniffing and licking at the boy before sitting down beside him protectively.
“I wanna go home,” David whimpered as he placed one quivering hand onto Bowser’s paw. “I want my mommy.”
“I gotcha, David.” Ronan squatted down and took off his coat before quickly wrapping it around the kid. “Bowser and I are gonna get you back to your mom and dad. They’re worried sick about you.”
“I’m cold.”
“I know, pal, but you’re safe now. Everything’s gonna be okay.”
He started rubbing the boy’s arms, but Bowser moved in and lay down right next to the kid, practically on top of him. David giggled through his sniffles and swiped at his eyes before snuggling up to the dog. Bowser was panting heavily, his long, pink tongue dangling from the side of his open mouth. The damn dog looked like he was smiling.
“Good boy.” Ronan repeated the phrase a few times, scratched Bowser’s ears, and gave him the praise he expected. “Nice job, buddy.”
Bowser licked his hand quickly, as though returning the kudos. Ronan crouched next to his panting K-9 and radioed for the other officers in the area.
Ronan loved his job, especially when it had a happy ending.

 

CHAPTER 1

 

“I told you that I’d be there, and I meant it.” Maddy Morgan pressed the iPhone harder against her ear. She was attempting to block out the sounds beyond her office door while her best friend pestered her to within an inch of her life. “I’m your maid of honor, for heaven’s sake. What? You think I’m gonna bail after everything you and Gavin have been through? Hell no!”
“Okay, well, you can’t blame me for double-checking, can you?” Jordan hesitated, her voice concerned. “We’ve hardly spoken. I mean, you haven’t been home since… It’s been over a year and…”
Maddy stared out the window that overlooked the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and sucked in a deep breath, her friend’s unfinished thought hanging in the air. She nibbled her lower lip and fought the sudden, unexpected swell of emotion. It had been fifteen months since Rick died and a full year since she had been back to the town she’d always called home.
At least, she had until recently.
“I know,” Maddy said quietly.
She swallowed the lump in her throat and refused to cry. She’d cried enough at Rick’s funeral and during the weeks following. No more tears. If Rick were here, he would tell her to put on her big girl panties and get on with life.
“I’m not missing your wedding,” she said firmly. “Jeez, Jordan. You and Gavin have waited sixteen years to finally get hitched. Hell, you two would have gotten married last Christmas if it weren’t for me.”
“That’s not true,” Jordan said firmly.
“Bull.” Maddy laughed.
“Okay, well, it wasn’t the only reason.” Jordan replied. “Gavin’s parents wanted to throw us a huge Christmas wedding, and four months wouldn’t have been enough time to pull it all together. Deciding to wait a year has been a win-win. My future mother-in-law had plenty of time to do her thing, and we all had time to properly grieve for Rick. But I’m still worried about you…”
“I’m fine, Jordan, and I promise… I’m gonna be there to witness your dream coming true.”
“Okay, but—”
“No buts.”
“Yo, Maddy.” The increasingly irritating voice of Chris Drummond shot into the room as he barged in. “That blond, the Brenda chick—are you gonna to take her out to an open house this weekend, or should I? And what about those newlyweds? I know you’ve been slammed. I could take them out to see the new listings, if you want.”
“Hang on, Jordan,” Maddy said tightly.
She covered the phone with her hand and leveled an irritated gaze at her colleague. She knew that Terrence, the owner of the realty agency, had hired Drummond because he had an amazing reputation for selling and one of the best portfolios in the business, but he was a letch. A letch that thought anyone with boobs wanted him. Maddy had learned a long time ago that big talent usually meant even bigger egos.
Unfortunately, this talent was also turning out to be an asshole. She had already reported him once to Terrence for inappropriate advances on the young women in the office. Big talent or not, he was making her tired of him and his misogynistic bullshit. And lately, there had been attempts to steal her clients.
“Did you happen to notice that my door was closed?”
“Yeah.” He leaned in the doorway with his usual casual arrogance. Tall, slim, well dressed, and always perfectly coiffed, he was considered good-looking by most. But the air of entitlement he wore like a cloak was a turnoff as far as Maddy was concerned. Besides, she would never date a colleague.
“I’m on a call.”
“Right.” He jutted his thumb over his shoulder. “Anyway, should I take that Brenda chick out and, uh, show her the ropes? We could take the newlyweds, the, uh…”
“The Bartholomews,” Maddy finished for him. “No, I can handle my client list. Thank you.”
“Fine, then let me take Brenda out.”
The smarmy smile on his face gave Maddy pause. He’d been hitting on the assistants, who were savvy New Yorkers and more than capable of handling themselves, but now he was moving on to the young real estate agent. Brenda was a recent college grad from the Midwest. She was pretty, smart, and naive.
A prime target for a guy like Drummond.
“No,” Maddy said firmly. “Terrence asked me to handle her training. Thank you, and please close the door on your way out.”
His smile faded, and a hard, cold look settled in his eyes. Maddy had moved up the ranks quickly since joining Cosmopolitan Realty House, and her rise hadn’t gone unnoticed by Drummond. He hated not being number one, but she suspected that being second to a woman was a bigger insult.
“Sure thing,” he murmured.
Drummond left but neglected to shut the door. Maddy crossed the room, pausing only to tell Sharon, her assistant, to hold her other calls before she closed her door once more.
“Sorry about that, Jordan.” She caught a glimpse of her reflection in the window and grimaced before running one hand through her unruly brown curls. “I’m coming into town a week before the wedding so I can help you with whatever you need. Y’know, all that bridesmaid stuff. I mean, I’m not a real girlie girl, but it’ll be fun to hang out. And tell Gavin he better not try to horn in on our girls’ night out. It might only be the two of us, but there’s a no-boys-allowed rule in effect for that event.”
“I wouldn’t worry about that,” Jordan said through a chuckle. “All four of his brothers are coming in early as well. From what I hear, Ronan has quite the bachelor party planned. Speaking of Ronan, why don’t you two ride back to Old Brookfield together? I mean, you’re both in the city, and he is the best man.”
“Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. I’ll take my own car, thank you very much. I’m staying at the Old Brookfield Inn, and Ronan will be at his parents’ house, obviously.” Maddy’s eyes narrowed, and the smile on her face grew. “Your matchmaking scheme hasn’t worked, Jordan. But I’ll give you and Gavin an A for effort.”
“What are you talking about?” Jordan asked with feigned innocence. “When you moved to the city last year, Gavin merely suggested that Ronan should look out for you. He’s been a cop there for over a decade. Besides, I heard through the McGuire brother grapevine that you two have been going running on the weekends, so Ronan can’t be all bad.”
Nope. –That was half the problem. He was exactly the right kind of bad.
They had gone jogging in Central Park almost every weekend for the past several months, but Maddy had made it clear from the start: she wasn’t interested in dating. Not him, nor anyone else. Friends? Sure. Romance? No way.
Her heart couldn’t take another turn through the shredder. Dating a cop, just because he also happened to be one of the sexiest men God ever put on this earth, would not be a smart move.
Besides, Ronan had a reputation as a total ladies’ man.
Not that she could blame any woman for taking a ride on that handsome train. When he flashed that lopsided grin and his bluish-green eyes crinkled at the corners, it took superwoman strength for Maddy not to drop her panties. He was a combination of mischievous little boy and irresistible alpha male—a deadly pairing.
Ronan McGuire was wickedly sexy. The worst part was that he knew it.
“Well, yeah,” Maddy said quickly. She sat at her desk and spun the chair to face the window so she could see the rest of the world. Living and working in this city made her feel like a rat in a cage sometimes. “Running around, getting sweaty, and panting in the cold is not exactly dating, Jordan.”
“Sweaty and panting sounds promising,” Jordan teased.
Maddy’s face flushed. “That’s not what I meant.” She quickly added, “I was talking about Bowser.”
“Sure,” her friend said slowly. “Sure you were.”
“You know Ronan doesn’t go anywhere without that dog. Speaking of which, are you prepared to have a drooling animal at your wedding?”
“Oh fine, change the subject.” Jordan sighed. “Any chance I can talk you into coming for Thanksgiving?”
“Sorry, babe. I’m slammed.”
“Then how about staying for Christmas? The wedding is on the twenty-third. Come on. Please? The girls would love it,” she said, referring to her two adorable daughters. “You’re going to be here for a week, so what’s a couple more days? You said they were closing your office between Christmas and New Year’s anyway.”
Maddy had never been part of big family holidays, and that had been fine with her, but the pleading tone in Jordan’s voice was starting to make her rethink her decision.
“You know the holidays were never a big deal for me, Jordan. My mom hated celebrating them after my dad died, and then once she was gone, I didn’t really want to. And besides,” she added quickly, “Rick and I never even got a tree or anything. He was always working, and so was I.”
“I know, but I hate to think of you alone in that big city on Christmas. Again. It’s bad enough you wouldn’t come last year. Please think about it?”
“I’m hosting a huge New Year’s Eve party for my clients—it’s at my apartment.”
“You could leave on the twenty-sixth and still be back in plenty of time to be party ready,” Jordan persisted. “I’m sorry, but I’ll have to call bullshit on that excuse. You and I both know your assistant already has the whole shindig tied up and ready to go.”
Jordan was right. The party was a lame reason not to spend the holiday with them. Besides, it was all being catered, and the invitations had been sent. What did Maddy really have to do other than show up and schmooze? And what was here for her on Christmas? She didn’t even have a cat or a fish to feed.
Ugh. She felt more pathetic by the second.
“Okay,” Maddy said with a dramatic sigh. “I’ll think about it. Jeez, when did you become such a nudge?”
“Since I had two children and learned that being a nudge can sometimes be quite effective.”
A knock on Maddy’s door sent a flicker of irritation up her back. But when she spun around, Sharon’s tearstained face stopped her cold.
“Girl, I have to go.” A knot of dread curled in her gut. “I’ll see you in a few weeks. Give Gracie and Lilly a kiss from Aunt Maddy.”
Maddy hit End and set the phone on her desk. Her legs felt like Jell-O as she rose to her feet. Sharon was still weeping while she closed the door behind her, and before it shut, Maddy saw two of the other agents in the office crying.
“Sharon, what is it?”
“Th-they found her.”
“Who?” Maddy asked shakily, her fingertips pressing into the mahogany desk. But she knew the answer before Sharon said it.
“Lucille Bowman.” The young woman swiped at her eyes and let out a shuddering sob. “She’s dead.”

 

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A haunting rendition of “Amazing Grace” spilled from the organ filling the small church, and Maddy wiped the tears from her eyes. The last time she’d heard this song had been at Rick’s funeral. A new surge of sadness and grief welled up inside as the pallbearers carried Lucille’s casket silently toward the open double doors.
The sounds of the city spilled in, buzzing beneath the mournful melody—a bitter reminder of how cruel life was. The world outside went on as though nothing had happened. While Lucille’s death had barely been noted on the evening news, it was far more personal for Maddy and her coworkers. According to police, the last call Lucille had made was to her husband, saying she was going to meet a client at an open house. The client had called the office later that day to say Lucille had never arrived.
Lucille’s husband kept his vacant gaze fixed to the ground. He lumbered silently behind his late wife’s casket, seemingly unaware of anyone or anything around him. Grief and shock clung to him like an invisible shroud. Maddy knew that feeling all too well.
He and Lucille didn’t have any children and, according to a few of the other realtors, had been married only a couple of years. People said that as though it would somehow make his loss less horrible. Did the amount of time he and Lucille had been together even matter? One year or ten, a loss was a loss.
The remaining mourners filed out, all of them in various states of grief, but Maddy remained quietly in the back row. She had spoken with Lucille only a few times, but that didn’t stop her from wanting to pay her respects—but without overstepping her bounds. The little church in Old Brookfield had been full for Rick’s funeral. Even though she couldn’t possibly have said who was there and who wasn’t, the presence of every individual was a comfort to her. The least she could do was offer the same to Lucille’s husband.
After everyone had left, Maddy rose to her feet and slipped out of the pew. She could still go to the burial and reception afterward. The invitation had been extended to everyone at the end of the service. But those events felt like they were for close friends and family, and Maddy didn’t qualify for either role. No, it was probably best if she dragged her butt back to work. After all, it wasn’t like she had anyone waiting for her back at her apartment.
Maddy tugged her black wool coat closed and tied the sash, bracing herself for the brisk air that awaited her outside. As she passed, she gave a polite smile and nod to one of the ministers rearranging some pamphlets in the vestibule.
Life went on, it would seem, even for the clergy.
When Maddy pushed open the heavy wooden door, a gust of brisk November wind rushed over her, making her suck in a sharp breath. Why did this city seem cruel and cold at every turn? The stubborn wind had pulled several strands of her curly hair free from her lame attempt at an updo. She pushed her unruly locks from her eyes and started down the stone steps, prepared to go back to her desk and stare at the computer. She had cleared her calendar today, but returning to an empty apartment was simply too depressing an option. At least at the office, she’d have the illusion of not being alone.
Maddy had made up her mind to hail a cab by the time she reached the sidewalk, but when she saw who was waiting for her, she stopped short.
Not much surprised her in Manhattan anymore—she’d seen just about everything in her year living here, including a woman walking a ferret on a leash, a naked homeless guy streaking down Park Avenue, and an old man strolling through Central Park with a squawking parrot on his shoulder.
But she never expected to find this.
Standing beside a lamppost, brimming with confidence and with his K-9 partner by his side, was Ronan McGuire. Dressed in his dark-blue NYPD uniform, he looked every bit the ruggedly handsome hero that he was. His cap obscured her view of his thick ebony hair, but those pale bluish-green eyes peered at her from beneath a furrowed brow. His tall, broad-shouldered frame was covered from head to toe against the bitter air, and the bulletproof vest he wore only served to accentuate his size.
How did Ronan manage to look devastatingly gorgeous in a standard-issue uniform? She’d seen plenty of other cops in this city, but not one of them hummed with masculine sexuality the way Ronan did. He reeked of calm control and steely strength. On the surface, he was cool and steady, but beneath was a distinctly powerful energy. She knew, without a doubt, that he could burst into action in a split second.
The guys brushing past her on Park Avenue, the ones dressed in thousand-dollar suits, didn’t look half as sexy as Ronan did in his uniform.
I bet he looks pretty good out of it too.
Bowser, an enormous bloodhound who seemed to delight in startling Maddy whenever possible, barked loudly. She flinched as Ronan’s constant companion interrupted her naughty train of thought, and her face heated. How long had she been standing there staring at him? Based on the slight smirk curving Ronan’s lips, it was longer than she’d like to admit.
“Hey,” Maddy said, trying to collect herself. She crossed the sidewalk to greet Ronan but kept a healthy distance from the two of them. “What are you doing here? Did you just happen to be in the neighborhood? Because if I’m not mistaken, this isn’t your usual haunting ground.”
“This is most definitely not my neighborhood. Too rich for my blood,” Ronan scoffed. He gathered Bowser’s leash, wrapping it around his hand, before he pushed himself off the post and inched closer. “Our shift starts in a couple of hours. We came to check on you.”
Her gaze flicked briefly to Bowser. He was staring at her as usual. She had never met an animal as tuned in to people as he was. But then, he was a search-and-rescue K-9, so tuning in was part of his job.
“Me?” Maddy stilled. “I’m fine, really,” she said in a shakier voice than she expected.
Even she didn’t believe it. Nope. Not okay.
“Your friend was murdered, and you just attended her funeral.” Ronan leaned in and lowered his voice. “Don’t give me that. There’s not a damn fine thing about this whole crappy situation.”
Something in Maddy’s chest crumbled a little at the tenderness in his voice. How long had it been since someone had expressed concern for her well-being? It felt like forever. Still, she suspected there was more to it than that.
“You’ve seen things like this before,” Maddy whispered. “Does it ever get any easier?”
“No,” he said quietly. Bowser whined and licked Ronan’s hand in a sweet, almost reassuring gesture. “Sucks every time. Nothing easy about it.”
Ronan and Bowser had been part of searches that ended badly. He’d obviously been affected by those experiences, and knowing that he’d remained unjaded by the cruelty of his job somehow made him even more attractive.
Bowser, who was sitting dutifully at Ronan’s feet, let out a low whine and snuffled loudly. Sometimes Maddy was convinced that dog was more human than half the people in this city.
“No…I don’t imagine there would be.” Maddy adjusted the purse slung over her shoulder, trying to squash a fresh swell of emotion. She pulled her leather gloves from her pocket and tugged them on while avoiding Ronan’s inquisitive stare. “I mean, it’s sad. It’s beyond sad, the whole situation is horrible, but—”
“What are you doing now?” he asked abruptly. “Everyone else is gone. Since you’re still here, I’m figuring that you opted not to go on to the burial. And knowing you, that means you’re going back to work.”
Maddy opened her mouth to argue with him but snapped it shut. He’d hit the nail on the head. Ronan’s lopsided grin widened.
“I-I have work to do,” she sputtered.
“Really?” He tilted his head and narrowed those beautiful eyes. They looked more blue today than green.
“Yes, really.”
“Because if I had to guess, I’d say you were gonna go back to that fancy office of yours and stare at your computer or surf the Internet. Maybe play some solitaire or ?”
Why, oh why, does he have to be so damn observant?
Maddy wasn’t sure if it was comforting or irritating to have someone see her so clearly. Maybe it was both? She had started to get used to the anonymity of this city, the sense of disconnection from other people. She’d left Old Brookfield to give herself distance from Rick’s memory and the well-meaning but meddlesome members of her small community.
No one here knew her past, or even cared enough to ask. Her life in Manhattan was strictly business, which made her feel safely cocooned, sheltered from painful memories. She remained insulated from having to dig past surface pleasantries. Ronan wasn’t like that. He was a cop, and his desire to find the truth was evident in everything he did.
“Well, smarty-pants.” Maddy folded her arms over her breasts, suddenly feeling exposed. “For your information, I don’t play Candy Crush.”
“Farm Heroes ?” he asked playfully.
“No,” Maddy said through a bubble of laughter. She swatted him on the arm and tried not to smile while avoiding his gaze. “I don’t do any of that stuff.”
“How about coffee?” He offered his arm and jutted his head toward the corner. “You do that, don’t you?”
“Yes,” Maddy said slowly. She flicked her gaze to his elbow and sighed dramatically. “You aren’t gonna quit until I agree to go, are you?”
“Nope.” His grin widened. “After all these years, you should know how persistent we McGuire boys are. Carolyn and Charles didn’t raise any quitters.”
“I can see that.”
“C’mon, and I won’t even try to pretend it’s a date,” Ronan prodded. He wobbled his elbow at her. “Don’t make me look bad in front of Bowser.”
“Well, I certainly wouldn’t want to be responsible for that,” she said dramatically. “Coffee it is.”
Maddy slipped her arm through his and shivered, the warmth of his body seeping through the layers of wool. Her gut reaction was to snuggle deeper against him and his rock-hard body, but she resisted, straightening her back. She couldn’t afford to dip beneath the surface and touch the raw emotions lingering there. That would get her nowhere, and she refused to be reduced to a weepy woman in the middle of the street. If Ronan noticed her subtle shift away from him, he didn’t comment on it.
They walked in silence, arm in arm, with the bloodhound trotting dutifully at Ronan’s side. They approached a Starbucks, but instead of crossing Fifty-Sixth Street, Ronan led her straight toward one of the street vendors.
“It’ll have to be coffee and a walk.” He jutted a thumb at his partner. “Starbucks isn’t big on having dogs in their establishments. Besides, our squad car is parked around the corner. How about coffee and a ride home?”
“That’s fine by me.” Maddy sucked in a deep breath of cold air. “Sitting in a crowded coffee shop with half the population on their laptops doesn’t sound appealing. But a walk sounds great.”
“I thought you’d say that.” He nudged her gently and smirked. “But don’t worry, I know you’re not a cheap date.”
“It’s not a date. It’s coffee.” Maddy kept her tone light. “We’ve already been through this, McGuire. I’m not dating anyone, so don’t take it personally.”
“Can’t blame a guy for trying.”
They stopped at the truck, and she slipped her arm from his before quickly shoving her hands in the pockets of her coat. The cold air slithered under her clothes with surprising speed as the warmth of his body against hers became a memory. Ronan made quick work of ordering their coffee and, to her surprise, knew exactly how she took it.
“I know it’s not that fancy French stuff you like, but it’ll do in a pinch.”
“Impressive,” Maddy said, taking the steaming cup from his hand. “You nailed it.”
“I pay attention.” Ronan slid a sidelong glance at her while he handed money to the guy in the truck. “We’ve been going for a run followed by coffee almost every week for months. What kind of a cop would I be if I couldn’t even remember how you take your coffee?”
“You love being right, don’t you?” She tilted her chin, daring him to deny it.
“Yes.” Ronan inched closer, cradling his cup in one hand and holding Bowser’s leash in the other. Confident and in total control as always. “But especially when it comes to you.”
She was about to ask him what exactly he meant by that, but Bowser started walking toward the corner. They strolled side by side, but she kept her eyes on the pedestrians ahead of them. If she looked at Ronan, he might get a peek at the conflicting swirl of emotions currently running through her.
“Okay, explain, please.” Maddy shivered again, but not from the cold. “Why do you want to be right when it comes to me?”
“Because you’re this big, bad businesswoman who acts like she’s got it all under control.”
“And I don’t?” She let out a short laugh. “Gee, thanks.”
“That’s not what I said, and definitely not what I meant.”
They stopped at the corner. Maddy was about to cross, but Ronan grabbed her arm, pulling her back just as a car blew through the light. If it hadn’t been for him, she would have gotten hit.
“Shit,” Maddy hissed. “Damn taxi drivers.”
She turned her eyes to his, and his grip on her tightened, almost imperceptibly. Maddy’s heart thundered in her chest. Was it from the near miss with the cab, or the feel of Ronan’s fingers curled around her bicep?
“I like surprising you,” he said quietly. Bowser made a snuffling sound and sat between them, but Ronan didn’t take his eyes off hers. “How am I doing so far?”
“Today?” Maddy asked quietly. “Well, to be honest, you shocked the hell out of me by showing up at the church. Why did you come?”
“Are you serious?” His brows furrowed. “I thought that would be obvious.”
“Not to me.” Maddy shook her head slowly and studied him, clutching the cardboard coffee cup with both hands.
“I figured it would be a tough day for you.” His mouth set in a tight line before he completed the thought she could practically see floating over his head. “Going to the funeral couldn’t have been easy, and I thought you could use a friend. I didn’t think you’d want to be alone.”
“I didn’t,” she whispered. “Thank you.”
The wind blew over them, sending her hair flying into her eyes. It was perfect timing, making the tears that welled up easy enough to explain away. Maddy tugged the strands of hair aside and nodded before turning her attention to the passing cars.
“See, Bowser?” Ronan scratched the bloodhound’s head, which elicited a loud bark from the dog. “Right again.”
Maddy burst out laughing in spite of the surge of emotion and wiped discreetly at her eyes. “No one likes a know-it-all, McGuire.”
“Maybe not,” he said with a wide grin. “But I still surprised you. Come on, the light changed. Let’s cross before another taxi tries to run you over.”
As they made their way to the safety of the other side, Maddy had a feeling that there would be more surprises where Ronan was concerned.
That was the part that frightened her.

 

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Sara Humphreys is the award-winning author of the Amoveo Legend series. The third book in the series, UNTAMED, won two PRISM awards–Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. The first two novels from her Dead in the City series have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Sara was also a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.

 

She loves writing hot heroes and heroines with moxie but above all, Sara adores a satisfying happily-ever-after. She lives in New York with Mr. H., their four amazing sons, and two adorable pups. When she’s not writing or hanging out with the men in her life, she can be found working out with Shaun T in her living room or chatting with readers on Facebook. 

 

For a full list of Sara’s books and reading order, please visit her website.  www.sarahumphreys.com

 

~ Connect with Sara ~
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🐉 Straight from the Dragons Mouth…DRACONES revelations Excerpt Release 🐲

 

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Dracones Revelations
Dracones Revelations by Sheri-Lynn Marean
Dracones Series; Book 2
232 Pages
Proposed Publish Date: June 21, 2016
Published by: Sheri-Lynn Marean

 

Blurb:
At the young age of only seven, the Ilyium swept through Samarias’s village in a brutal massacre. Sami, his brother, his best friend, and her father fled their world for Earth, making a new home in Washington State. At nine, Sami’s father arrived and yanked his boys away from the security of their new home. At ten, they returned—broken, and silent.

 

Now at twenty-one, Sami continues to hide the secrets of the past, pretending everything is fine. But it’s all a lie. With his dragon powers awakening, Sami longs for freedom from the pain and guilt, along with a soul mate of his own.

 

When Sami recently infiltrated an enemy compound and witnessed the Ilyium send a woman to a fiery death, it hit him hard, but he can no longer pretend anymore.

 

Everything is not as it seems. After learning the woman is alive, and somehow connected to Sami, his world is turned upside down. Confused, angry, and with his emotions unraveling, Sami loses control. When he is called on to fly to Calgary to rescue someone else in trouble, strange things happen, and now he comes face to face with the demons of his past. Sami has some brutal decisions to make, possibly sacrificing what he desires most in order to do the right thing.

 

Dracones Revelations is the second book in the Dracones series for readers age 17+.
If you are a fan of dark, steamy paranormal romance, get Sami’s story today and be swept into the world of Dragons, Phoenix shifters, Night and Day Walkers, Magic, sensual heat and the revelations of Sami’s past.   
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Purchase Links:
Amazon US : AU : CA : UK
Excerpt:

 

Who is Samarias?
Sami is a sexy gentle giant.  He’s sweet, kind, smart and hides a huge secret. A secret that has been tearing him apart and as the mysterious actions of the last few weeks start to reveal themselves, will Sami be able to survive all he learns?

 

“What are you doing here, Sami?” she whispered the question, gazing up at him.
“Brimstone…uh, needed a ride and I’m trying to help find your sister.” Sami gazed down at her, noticing that her lips were just inches from his. Her scent surrounded him, making it hard to concentrate on anything except how close she was to him, and the wondrous feelings racing through him.
“No, that’s not it, is it?” Her eyes narrowed angrily on him.
“I don’t understand…why do you hate me?”
“Who says I hate you?” Her eyes widened in surprise and her voice grew husky as she spoke. Cocking her head to the side just a bit, Hellfire ran her smoky eyes up and down him, making his blood boil under her gaze. Sami fought to stay calm. It sure seemed like she hated him, although now…
“I know what you want…” Her eyes continued to look him over as her hands reached out to touch him again.
“What?” Sami shivered. Her hands slowly ran up the muscles of his chest to his pecs beneath his T-shirt, before moving on to squeeze the muscles in his upper arms. He didn’t dare take his eyes off her.
“Mmm…nice…” She bit her lip as she surveyed him, silver eyes glittering with mischief. Sami’s blood ran hot and his cock strained against his jeans. He held his breath as her gaze slid down to his waistband. Her tongue darted out and wet her lower lip before worrying it between her teeth. Then silver eyes met his, shocking him at the fire he saw in them. “This is what you want…isn’t it?” she asked, wrapping her fingers in his hair, she pulled his head down.
The second Sami’s lips touched Hellfire’s, his blood rushed furiously in his veins and his cock throbbed with a desire to be buried deep inside of her. She tasted better than he could have ever imagined.
“This! This is what you want, isn’t it?” She breathed and pulled away, making him groan. He was on fire, and all his pain and darkness had gone. He wanted her so badly, his pulse was racing, and his dragon was roaring like a gorilla beating its chest for more.

 

What others are saying…

 

Sheri-Lynn Marean did it again! She captured my attention within the first few pages, leaving me feeling satisfied about reading her latest addition and craving more. This author is different from most when it comes to her series. I find others are very repetitive in their writings,constant use of same words or sentences, no real individuality for each book, just different characters. Revelations focuses on Sami and his inner demons past and present.
Just like any war there are many battles and obstacles to overcome. Can he find happiness after Hellfire, his destined soulmate? Can he ever make peace with his traumatic childhood and stop blaming himself? Can he learn to be honest about his feelings and stop hiding his pain from his closest loved ones? Only one way to find out and that is by reading the newest addition in the series, I promise you won’t be disappointed. ~ Samaria ~ Goodreads Reviewer

 

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Sheri-Lynn Marean and her stories just want to make me squeal with excitement. Dracones is such a different type of Dragon story. The perspective of the children growing up and not fully understanding what a Dragon is capable of makes these so interesting. And this is only the 2nd book. Wow.
    Dracones Awakening is the first book and explains their journey to Earth and Jax and Tierney part.
    Dracones Revelations is the 2nd book and it centers on Jax’s brother Sami. His inner struggle with his Dragon and not being able to get the girl Hellfire out of his mind. Hellfire in my opinion will tee you off more than once here, she sure did me lol.
    I loved the creativity of the characters. I felt their pain and suffering, their hopes and dreams, everything!! That is when you know it’s a wonderful book to read, one you can get lost in. Sweet. ~ Sharon ~ Goodreads Reviewer
Other works from Sheri-Lynn Marean…
Dracones Awakening (Dracones, #1)
Dracones Awakening by Sheri-Lynn Marean
Dracones Series; Book 1
327 Pages
Published: March 8, 2016
Published by: Sheri-Lynn Marean
Goodreads  
Purchase Links:
Amazon US : AU : CA : UK
Barnes & Noble : Kobo
~Meet Sheri-Lynn Marean~

 

Sheri-Lynn Marean, Author of Dracones Awakening, the first book in the Dracones series, resides in western Canada with her husband, three kids, one dog, one cat, and two fish. Sheri did not grow up thinking she would one day be an author. Instead, she grew up riding and working with racehorses, drawing and selling her animal artwork, and of course reading.

 

Sheri fell in love with reading at age twelve when she read The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. She has not stopped reading. With a wide variety of reading interests, Sheri’s passion presently is the paranormal romance genre.

 

One day, after reading an unsatisfying book, she decided she would write her own book, with her own characters, doing what she wanted them to do. She began to type and the characters came to life in her head. She has never looked back.
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Author in the Spotlight * Montana Ash

           Elemental Paladins Series
              Paranormal Romance
Warden (Book 1) — Paladin (Book 2)

Warden, is book one in the Elemental Paladins series by Montana Ash. It’s a funny, sexy, lighthearted read filled with hot modern-day knights and a feisty heroine.

*****
Warden

Excerpt:
‘He was just walking past the window to grab his clothes when a flash of flesh from below caught his eye. Cali was dressed in her usual tight shorts and sports bra but it wasn’t the sight of the willowy blonde that had him freezing in his tracks. No it was the shorter, curvier red head, dressed in tights and a belly-revealing singlet top. She was bending over, head flush with her knees, arms wrapped her legs with all that glorious hair brushing along the ground. So much for negative reinforcement, he thought as he glared accusingly at his once again rigid dick. The woman’s arse was a thing of beauty, all round and firm, and his hands literally flexed with the need to touch. As if sensing his gaze, Max whipped herself upright, her turquoise gaze latching onto his form that was no doubt outlined perfectly in the early morning light. Hell, the window he was standing at was even arch-shaped, like he was posing for some cheesy romance novel or something. Panicking and acting purely in self-preservation rather than rational thought, he allowed his limbs to go loose and face-planted on the floor below the window.
For the next five minutes he could do no more than mewl like a kitten … he had landed directly on his stiff cock.’ Copyright 2015 Montana Ash. All rights reserved.  

Social Media Links:
Website
http://www.montanaash.com/
Facebook author page-

Amazon Author Page
http://www.amazon.com/author/montanaash
Twitter-
@ReadMontanaAsh
Goodreads page –
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14661560.Montana_Ash

Paladin

Excerpt:
‘Diana wasn’t sure what the tiny evil female had said to the man but Darius was now staring at her with hungry eyes and she found herself instantly hypnotised by the raw desire burning in their depths. Standing up and marching purposefully from the room, she felt helpless against his magnetic pull and followed him outside, careless of what anyone might think of their abrupt departure. The second she exited the building, she found herself pushed up against the rough brick as a wicked mouth laid siege to hers. A hard thigh pressed hers open as two large hands encouraged her to move freely. Darius broke the kiss, panting roughly and leaned down, burying his face in her hair.
“I love this hair; you know that right?”
Oh yes. She knew that.
“Do you know what I dream of every night? What I’ve dreamed of every night for the last eight hundred years?” His voice was low and raspy as he twined the inky coils around and around his fingers. He gave a small tug. Oh, apparently she was supposed to answer.’ Copyright 2016 Montana Ash. All rights reserved.

Check out Author Website for…
**Character Bio
**Deleted Scenes
**Beneath the Sheets (Steamy Scenes)
Website
http://www.montanaash.com/

*****
🌟Rave Reviews🌟

Warden (Book 1)
200+ Amazon Reviews

  5.0 out of 5 Stars–Fantastic Find!, December 1, 2015
By Margie L LeBlanc
Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Warden (Elemental Paladins Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I am so in love with the characters Montana Ash has created. She has an amazing gift for storytelling. I was laughing out loud and crying during this book. Only two other authors have had me laughing out loud at work, Alanea Alder and Tymber Dalton.

I love Max, she is such a strong heroine but so vulnerable. I love that no matter the cost she will fight for what is true and right in this world (not to mention her peeps) but at the same time is so soft deep down. I cried so hard when she asked to stay and was turned down by each of the Paladins.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5.0 out of 5 Stars–Definitely a keeper!
By merlyn0121 on November 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
New author Montana Ash, has in her debut book hit it out of the park!
Feisty lead Max meets her band of outcasts, who don’t exactly fit the norm. Them without a warden, and Max a warden without paladins. The interaction between them all is great.
This book is laugh out loud funny. Drink while reading at your own risk.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see what mayhem will ensue.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5.0 out of 5 Stars–Great read!!!
By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I found myself laughing out loud which can be embarrassing when you are at a conference & pretending to listen to a boring speaker. I totally love the Max character & can’t wait for the next book. She is endearingly sweet, funny, & raunchy. And numerous kudos to Ms. Ash for using proper spelling, sentence structure, tense & word choice. Nothing shuts a book faster for me than improper use of then-than & present tense. Keep the books coming!

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Paladin (Book 2)
70+ Amazon Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars–Five stars++++
By Teresa on April 25, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I know it has been said that a series gets better as it goes along . Paladin knocked that saying out of the ballpark. I absolutely loved this book. I loved getting reacquainted with the characters and reading about how they progressed through the story. Can I just say that when Darius and Diana get together it gets hot. I have to admit that I had to put the book down and catch my breath a couple of times. The bar scene had me laughing out loud. I’m defiantly going to listen to milkshake too see what Darius was sing to. Oh my Gosh there’s just so mush I loved about this book that I’m just going to say push the but button you won’t regret it in fact you’ll be sadden when it ends and you have to wait for the next one to be released. Montana Ash thank you for that amazing Dedication. Us minions believe in you!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟
 
4.0 out of 5 Stars–Very fun and enjoyable read
By BareThoughts on April 25, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very fun and enjoyable read… and one that leaves you wanting more. Yes, I am eagerly awaiting the next book. But, whatever you do – do not read this book without reading the first in the series. If you have not read the first book, do not read any further as my review will be full of spoilers for the first book.

While in this book, we have the main couple, both who declared themselves as Paladins to Max coming to terms with their own relationship (serious lost spanning 800 years but never acted on) but also how Max and how and what she is changes the whole dynamic – not just for them, but also their society.

We get plenty of time with the main couple but Max and Rie (along with the other Paladins) also get plenty of time. Normally I get irked when a previous character ends up being so pivotal in other characters books, but in this case it fits really well… the author seamless continued Max’s story with those in this book and while she was still an integral part, it did not detract from their story (unlike a few series I have read where it seems a “favored” character showing up in further books detracts from the main characters – it this case, she did not detract but added to it). Max did not detract fro their story but added to it.. they both offered her their service, but how they felt about it, how they reacted was very important.

Darius is a total rule follower and Diana, well she is not so much.. or rather she follows different rules. Max shows up and they each embrace her… but Darius has issues trying to fit her into his set of rules (which she totally ignores) while at the same time it is becoming harder ad harder for him to ignore his feelings for Diana (and those feelings are against the rules as he had previously known).Read more ›

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1-Click the Elemental Paladin Series

Warden:
Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/B017OMPFRE
Amazon.au – http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B017OMPFRE
Amazon.ca – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B017OMPFRE
Amazon.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017OMPFRE
Kobo- https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/warden-book-one-of-the-elemental-paladins-series
B&N- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/warden-montana-ash/1122917089?ean=9781925353792

Paladin

Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/B01DCFSARY
Amazon.au – http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01DCFSARY
Amazon.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DCFSARY
Amazon.ca – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01DCFSARY
Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/paladin-book-two-of-the-elemental-paladins-series
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/624741
GooglePlay – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Montana_Ash_Paladin?id=tsLNCwAAQBAJ&hl=en
iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/paladin-book-two-elemental/id1096160971?mt=11

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BOOK THREE – CHADE – UPDATE! Montana Ash is…
busily working on book three in the Elemental Paladins series at the moment – Chade. It will be out sometime before the end of the year. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm exact dates yet but I will keep you all updated. In the mean time, here’s a little of what to expect smile emoticon:)
Cali is getting her turn to be swept off her feet – not that she thinks that will ever happen to her; she’s just too practical for that. But underneath her easy-going, good-natured, slightly cynical façade, beats the heart of a strong woman who just wants to be accepted, respected and loved. Luckily I have the perfect man for the job – Dex. He’s a black sheep and a very unexpected hero. His charm is a little on the rusty side and so are his manners, but if you look closely enough you’ll soon see the prince underneath the villain.

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Author in the Spotlight * Montana Ash

           Elemental Paladins Series
              Paranormal Romance
Warden (Book 1) — Paladin (Book 2)

Warden, is book one in the Elemental Paladins series by Montana Ash. It’s a funny, sexy, lighthearted read filled with hot modern-day knights and a feisty heroine.

*****
Warden

Excerpt:
‘He was just walking past the window to grab his clothes when a flash of flesh from below caught his eye. Cali was dressed in her usual tight shorts and sports bra but it wasn’t the sight of the willowy blonde that had him freezing in his tracks. No it was the shorter, curvier red head, dressed in tights and a belly-revealing singlet top. She was bending over, head flush with her knees, arms wrapped her legs with all that glorious hair brushing along the ground. So much for negative reinforcement, he thought as he glared accusingly at his once again rigid dick. The woman’s arse was a thing of beauty, all round and firm, and his hands literally flexed with the need to touch. As if sensing his gaze, Max whipped herself upright, her turquoise gaze latching onto his form that was no doubt outlined perfectly in the early morning light. Hell, the window he was standing at was even arch-shaped, like he was posing for some cheesy romance novel or something. Panicking and acting purely in self-preservation rather than rational thought, he allowed his limbs to go loose and face-planted on the floor below the window.
For the next five minutes he could do no more than mewl like a kitten … he had landed directly on his stiff cock.’ Copyright 2015 Montana Ash. All rights reserved.  

Social Media Links:
Website
http://www.montanaash.com/
Facebook author page-
https://www.facebook.com/montana.ash.author/
Amazon Author Page
http://www.amazon.com/author/montanaash
Twitter-
@ReadMontanaAsh
Goodreads page –
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14661560.Montana_Ash

Paladin

Excerpt:
‘Diana wasn’t sure what the tiny evil female had said to the man but Darius was now staring at her with hungry eyes and she found herself instantly hypnotised by the raw desire burning in their depths. Standing up and marching purposefully from the room, she felt helpless against his magnetic pull and followed him outside, careless of what anyone might think of their abrupt departure. The second she exited the building, she found herself pushed up against the rough brick as a wicked mouth laid siege to hers. A hard thigh pressed hers open as two large hands encouraged her to move freely. Darius broke the kiss, panting roughly and leaned down, burying his face in her hair.
“I love this hair; you know that right?”
Oh yes. She knew that.
“Do you know what I dream of every night? What I’ve dreamed of every night for the last eight hundred years?” His voice was low and raspy as he twined the inky coils around and around his fingers. He gave a small tug. Oh, apparently she was supposed to answer.’ Copyright 2016 Montana Ash. All rights reserved.

Check out Author Website for…
**Character Bio
**Deleted Scenes
**Beneath the Sheets (Steamy Scenes)
Website
http://www.montanaash.com/

*****
🌟Rave Reviews🌟

Warden (Book 1)
200+ Amazon Reviews

  5.0 out of 5 Stars–Fantastic Find!, December 1, 2015
By Margie L LeBlanc
Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Warden (Elemental Paladins Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I am so in love with the characters Montana Ash has created. She has an amazing gift for storytelling. I was laughing out loud and crying during this book. Only two other authors have had me laughing out loud at work, Alanea Alder and Tymber Dalton.

I love Max, she is such a strong heroine but so vulnerable. I love that no matter the cost she will fight for what is true and right in this world (not to mention her peeps) but at the same time is so soft deep down. I cried so hard when she asked to stay and was turned down by each of the Paladins.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5.0 out of 5 Stars–Definitely a keeper!
By merlyn0121 on November 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
New author Montana Ash, has in her debut book hit it out of the park!
Feisty lead Max meets her band of outcasts, who don’t exactly fit the norm. Them without a warden, and Max a warden without paladins. The interaction between them all is great.
This book is laugh out loud funny. Drink while reading at your own risk.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see what mayhem will ensue.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5.0 out of 5 Stars–Great read!!!
By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I found myself laughing out loud which can be embarrassing when you are at a conference & pretending to listen to a boring speaker. I totally love the Max character & can’t wait for the next book. She is endearingly sweet, funny, & raunchy. And numerous kudos to Ms. Ash for using proper spelling, sentence structure, tense & word choice. Nothing shuts a book faster for me than improper use of then-than & present tense. Keep the books coming!

*******************************

Paladin (Book 2)
70+ Amazon Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars–Five stars++++
By Teresa on April 25, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I know it has been said that a series gets better as it goes along . Paladin knocked that saying out of the ballpark. I absolutely loved this book. I loved getting reacquainted with the characters and reading about how they progressed through the story. Can I just say that when Darius and Diana get together it gets hot. I have to admit that I had to put the book down and catch my breath a couple of times. The bar scene had me laughing out loud. I’m defiantly going to listen to milkshake too see what Darius was sing to. Oh my Gosh there’s just so mush I loved about this book that I’m just going to say push the but button you won’t regret it in fact you’ll be sadden when it ends and you have to wait for the next one to be released. Montana Ash thank you for that amazing Dedication. Us minions believe in you!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟
 
4.0 out of 5 Stars–Very fun and enjoyable read
By BareThoughts on April 25, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very fun and enjoyable read… and one that leaves you wanting more. Yes, I am eagerly awaiting the next book. But, whatever you do – do not read this book without reading the first in the series. If you have not read the first book, do not read any further as my review will be full of spoilers for the first book.

While in this book, we have the main couple, both who declared themselves as Paladins to Max coming to terms with their own relationship (serious lost spanning 800 years but never acted on) but also how Max and how and what she is changes the whole dynamic – not just for them, but also their society.

We get plenty of time with the main couple but Max and Rie (along with the other Paladins) also get plenty of time. Normally I get irked when a previous character ends up being so pivotal in other characters books, but in this case it fits really well… the author seamless continued Max’s story with those in this book and while she was still an integral part, it did not detract from their story (unlike a few series I have read where it seems a “favored” character showing up in further books detracts from the main characters – it this case, she did not detract but added to it). Max did not detract fro their story but added to it.. they both offered her their service, but how they felt about it, how they reacted was very important.

Darius is a total rule follower and Diana, well she is not so much.. or rather she follows different rules. Max shows up and they each embrace her… but Darius has issues trying to fit her into his set of rules (which she totally ignores) while at the same time it is becoming harder ad harder for him to ignore his feelings for Diana (and those feelings are against the rules as he had previously known).Read more ›

***********************

1-Click the Elemental Paladin Series

Warden:
Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/B017OMPFRE
Amazon.au – http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B017OMPFRE
Amazon.ca – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B017OMPFRE
Amazon.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B017OMPFRE
Kobo- https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/warden-book-one-of-the-elemental-paladins-series
B&N- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/warden-montana-ash/1122917089?ean=9781925353792

Paladin

Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/B01DCFSARY
Amazon.au – http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01DCFSARY
Amazon.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DCFSARY
Amazon.ca – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01DCFSARY
Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/paladin-book-two-of-the-elemental-paladins-series
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/624741
GooglePlay – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Montana_Ash_Paladin?id=tsLNCwAAQBAJ&hl=en
iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/paladin-book-two-elemental/id1096160971?mt=11

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BOOK THREE – CHADE – UPDATE! Montana Ash is…
busily working on book three in the Elemental Paladins series at the moment – Chade. It will be out sometime before the end of the year. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm exact dates yet but I will keep you all updated. In the mean time, here’s a little of what to expect smile emoticon:)
Cali is getting her turn to be swept off her feet – not that she thinks that will ever happen to her; she’s just too practical for that. But underneath her easy-going, good-natured, slightly cynical façade, beats the heart of a strong woman who just wants to be accepted, respected and loved. Luckily I have the perfect man for the job – Dex. He’s a black sheep and a very unexpected hero. His charm is a little on the rusty side and so are his manners, but if you look closely enough you’ll soon see the prince underneath the villain.

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What’s New Wednesday * Debut Author Alert

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Check out the Debut READ by
Author Madeline Antonia Rosenberg

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Available on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Mess-Tragic-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01C7A3WKU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457909971&sr=1-1&keywords=Hot%20mess

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Anna McCormick seems like a cliché from her basic coffee orders to her relentless drama; however she is more than meets the eye. Join the journey of Anna and Trevor Sullivan through the laughs, tears and heartbreak. Meet the Clairetown crew – each character is more interesting than the next!
Warning: you may not be able to put this book down!
Anna McCormick is every girl after a break up- she is vulnerable and seeks attention in the wrong places. She is easy to love and hate at the same time. Trevor Sullivan is almost too good to be true. He seems like he is perfect on the surface, but there is much more to him than meets the eye. Benji Shaw is the “perfect” boy next door. He has a bit of a hero complex and wants to fix everyone’s problems. Tanya Rosen is the quintessential popular girl- everyone thinks she has so much confidence but really she is just as insecure as the next girl. The book takes an unexpected turn and I think you will be pleasantly surprised!!!

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Discover more about this new author on her Facebook Page

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Author page : http://www.facebook.com/authormadelinearosenberg

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Add to your TBR List

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15016900.Madeline_A_Rosenberg

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What Reviewers are saying…

— 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
By Tony Robson on April 19, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this Love book, it was very interesting to read. The characters were very compelling, and the drama in the book really made it worthwhile. This book is an emotional rollercoaster, so be prepared! This is a great book for teen girls and up, but be prepared for some content that is not suitable for certain ages under 17. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!

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5.0 out of 5 starsA Must Read!!!!
ByDanielle Urbanon March 8, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Hot Mess is exactly that. Anna McCormick is what guys want…but she falls for one guy or think she has and can’t let go of him…even when the worst happens. One bad thing happens after another. Madeline Antonia Rosenberg’s YA novel is full of craziness, drama, and emotions flying everywhere. It’s addictive, funny, and realistically captures the whole teenage life all in a hot bubble. There’s another guy that wants Anna. He’s sweet and she obviously feels something for him…but she won’t let herself heal…or will she?

Hot Mess is a must read. An exciting yet intriguing new read that will instantly lure readers into the story. The plot is well told and the characters will grab your attention from page one. I hope Madeline Antonia Rosenberg creates more novels about these characters and what happens next to them…The ending will keep readers wondering…what next. Overall, I loved reading this romantic yet messy read, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.

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Alex * Band of Brothers Series * New Release * Sarah Hamilton

 

Meet Sharon Hamilton’s Newest Bachelor!

 

ALEX by Sharon Hamilton
Band of Bachelors Series; Book 2
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Published by: AL Publications
Band of Bachelors: Alex by New York Times Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton goes on sale June 14th!
Blurb:

 

Adrenaline junkie and Navy SEAL Alex Kowicki is one of four bachelor SEALs trying to navigate his successful military career while achieving his goals as a first class connoisseur of beautiful women. He isn’t ready to jump back into anything but his free falls, HALO drops or his missions overseas. He trusts his buddies to fix him up with another blind date that won’t be as dangerous as his last ones.

 

But Sydney Robinson has other plans. A beach volleyball player who can spike better than most men, she knows how to execute a series of events that include stalking the handsome SEAL all the way to Sonoma County, capturing him in a winery and delivering his carcass to her bed for keeps. Along the way, the two of them fight a home-grown terrorist cell in a duel that might cost one of them their lives.

 

This is Book 2 of Sharon’s Band of Bachelors series and was preceded by Band of Bachelors: Lucas (Book 1). Sharon’s bestselling SEAL books include the following series about the fictional SEAL Team 3: SEAL Brotherhood, Bad Boys of SEAL Team 3, Band of Bachelors, True Blue SEALs, and Nashville SEALs.
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And now a Special Excerpt from….
BAND OF BACHELORS: ALEX
She hesitated. He was good at brushing people off. Regardless of their world-class evening and morning, he could separate that. He could walk away. Her heart fluttered slightly as she realized perhaps she could not. Or just didn’t want to.
“So what do you want to know?”
“Who are you, Sydney?”
And boy was that the right question! Not who are you dating, who do you hang around, what do you do all day? It was usually the question that came up after the second or third date, just before she was about to exit stage right.
Her answer was measured, and well practiced.
“I want more out of life than life’s given me so far, but I’m not complaining. I just want more of it. I want the juice of life, not to live life. I’m looking to get a good partner and travel the world playing volleyball until my knees ache and my back or shoulder gives out. And after volleyball? Who knows what I can do at eighty?” She gave him the smile she’d given so many other dumbstruck men over the few years since she’d been dating. It was always the same. It also usually got same reaction.
But this time, she saw something ignite inside Alex. The backdrop of lonely seagull cries, the salty gentle breeze and the sounds of metal clanging as work began late at the docks, only enhanced the excitement brewing in her belly. She was struck with the beauty and power of something maybe dangerous about this man. And also something so beautiful, her eyes watered.
~Meet Sharon Hamilton~

 

Sharon Hamilton is a NYT and USA/Today bestselling author most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series. She also writes Golden Vampire and Guardian Angel series.

 

A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.
 

 

Connect with Sharon~
Website : Facebook : Twitter : Newsletter : Goodreads : YouTube : Pinterest : Google +  
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🐲Dracones: revelations–Cover Reveal–Author Sheri-Lynn Marean🐉

 

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Dracones Revelations



Dracones Revelations by Sheri-Lynn Marean


Dracones Series; Book 2


232 Pages


Proposed Publish Date: June 21, 2016


Published by: Sheri-Lynn Marean

 

 

Blurb:


At the young age of only seven, the Ilyium swept through Samarias’s village in a brutal massacre. Sami, his brother, his best friend, and her father fled their world for Earth, making a new home in Washington State. At nine, Sami’s father arrived and yanked his boys away from the security of their new home. At ten, they returned—broken, and silent.

 

 

Now at twenty-one, Sami continues to hide the secrets of the past, pretending everything is fine. But it’s all a lie. With his dragon powers awakening, Sami longs for freedom from the pain and guilt, along with a soul mate of his own.

 

 

When Sami recently infiltrated an enemy compound and witnessed the Ilyium send a woman to a fiery death, it hit him hard, but he can no longer pretend anymore.

 

 

Everything is not as it seems. After learning the woman is alive, and somehow connected to Sami, his world is turned upside down. Confused, angry, and with his emotions unraveling, Sami loses control. When he is called on to fly to Calgary to rescue someone else in trouble, strange things happen, and now he comes face to face with the demons of his past. Sami has some brutal decisions to make, possibly sacrificing what he desires most in order to do the right thing.

 

 

Dracones Revelations is the second book in the Dracones series for readers age 17+.

 

 

If you are a fan of dark, steamy paranormal romance, get Sami’s story today and be swept into the world of Dragons, Phoenix shifters, Night and Day Walkers, Magic, sensual heat and the revelations of Sami’s past.   

 

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What others are saying…

 

 

Sheri-Lynn Marean did it again! She captured my attention within the first few pages, leaving me feeling satisfied about reading her latest addition and craving more. This author is different from most when it comes to her series. I find others are very repetitive in their writings,constant use of same words or sentences, no real individuality for each book, just different characters. Revelations focuses on Sami and his inner demons past and present.


Just like any war there are many battles and obstacles to overcome. Can he find happiness after Hellfire, his destined soulmate? Can he ever make peace with his traumatic childhood and stop blaming himself? Can he learn to be honest about his feelings and stop hiding his pain from his closest loved ones? Only one way to find out and that is by reading the newest addition in the series, I promise you won’t be disappointed. ~ Samaria ~ Goodreads Reviewer

 

 

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Sheri-Lynn Marean and her stories just want to make me squeal with excitement. Dracones is such a different type of Dragon story. The perspective of the children growing up and not fully understanding what a Dragon is capable of makes these so interesting. And this is only the 2nd book. Wow.
    Dracones Awakening is the first book and explains their journey to Earth and Jax and Tierney part.
    Dracones Revelations is the 2nd book and it centers on Jax’s brother Sami. His inner struggle with his Dragon and not being able to get the girl Hellfire out of his mind. Hellfire in my opinion will tee you off more than once here, she sure did me lol.
    I loved the creativity of the characters. I felt their pain and suffering, their hopes and dreams, everything!! That is when you know it’s a wonderful book to read, one you can get lost in. Sweet. ~ Sharon ~ Goodreads Reviewer

 

 

Other works from Sheri-Lynn Marean…

 

 

Dracones Awakening (Dracones, #1)


Dracones Awakening by Sheri-Lynn Marean


Dracones Series; Book 1


327 Pages


Published: March 8, 2016


Published by: Sheri-Lynn Marean

 

 

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Purchase Links:


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Barnes & Noble : Kobo

 

 


~Meet Sheri-Lynn Marean~

 

 

Sheri-Lynn Marean, Author of Dracones Awakening, the first book in the Dracones series, resides in western Canada with her husband, three kids, one dog, one cat, and two fish. Sheri did not grow up thinking she would one day be an author. Instead, she grew up riding and working with racehorses, drawing and selling her animal artwork, and of course reading.

 

 

Sheri fell in love with reading at age twelve when she read The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. She has not stopped reading. With a wide variety of reading interests, Sheri’s passion presently is the paranormal romance genre.

 

 

One day, after reading an unsatisfying book, she decided she would write her own book, with her own characters, doing what she wanted them to do. She began to type and the characters came to life in her head. She has never looked back.

 

 

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Montana is a self-confessed book junkie. Although she loves reading all genres from romance
to crime fiction to sci-fi, her not-so- guilty pleasure is paranormal romance. Alpha men, just a
little bit damaged, and Alpha women who dont seem to know they need looking after, are a
favourite combination of hers. Throw in some steamy sex scenes, a touch of humour, and a
little violence and she is in heaven!
Her overactive (and overindulged) imagination could only take so much before the many
voices wanted out. Thus, Montanas journey into the wonderful world of writing.
She is a scientist by day, having grown up in country New South Wales, Australia. Writing
about ancient knights, demons and shapeshifters is such a delicious contradiction to her day
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Ryker is a paladin. An ancient knight, born to protect those precious few who hold powers
over the elements. He is bound by honour, courage and loyalty. But when tragedy strikes he
forsakes everything he stands for, vowing never to serve again. He opens his home to other
rejected and dishonoured knights … but never his heart. That is, until a sarcastic, sword-
wielding, miniature Warden barges into his life, bringing chaos and mayhem to his carefully
ordered world.
Will he forgive himself for past mistakes? Or will old wounds continue to scar his future?
Max is different. She has a strange affinity to nature and finds herself constantly causing
disasters wherever she goes. What’s more, strange creatures stalk her every step, their
relentless pursuit driving her to the brink of exhaustion. Stumbling upon a gaggle of hot
ancient knights seems too good to be true but she can’t deny they have the answers she’s
looking for. Too bad their Captain is a growly, insensitive jerk who insults her every time he
opens his gorgeous mouth.
Should she trust her instincts and allow herself to hope for the first time in her life? Or will
her fierce independence cause her to lose the one thing she has always craved? A home.
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Honour. Duty. Loyalty. Control. These are the principles Darius lives by – almost to the point
of obsession. They had forged him into a noble knight but had also cost him the woman of his
dreams and wrought a non-relenting hatred for his personal nemeses; the chades.
When a tiny, redheaded, whirlwind of trouble descends upon him and his fellow knights in a
flurry of questions and impossibilities, Darius finds himself struggling to reconcile his past
values with his future desires.
For Diana, the arrival of Max brings with it a portent; revolution. As a paladin of death,
acceptance is at her core. So embracing the sarcastic powerhouse as her sworn liege is easy.
But embracing a certain air paladin who is a pathological rule-follower? Well, that isn’t so
easy, despite the attraction they have shared for centuries.
With Darius confronted by his demons and a bitter Warden bent on exacting revenge, will the
two knights ever reach their happily ever after?

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