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2940011487101_p0_v3_s260x420Author: Vivi Anna
Series: Billionaires After Dark, #1
Release Date: December 4, 2014
Pages: 52
Reviewed by: Sheri
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The Werewolf Liaison: part one – After a terrible accident in the ambulance, EMT Olivia Jordan didn’t expect to wake up chained to a bed. The tall dark sexy man holding her prisoner is not what she expected either. But Garrick Blackthorn’s not your everyday kidnapper, no, there’s something extraordinary about him. Something that attracts Olivia. Something dark and secret.

(originally published as Bad to the Bone: Blackthorn Wolves, #1, 2005, 2011)

 

After reading the synopsis, I couldn’t wait to get started. I enjoy a good paranormal romance, and who doesn’t like being chained to a bed by a tall, dark sexy man? Having read and loved many of Vivi Anna’s stories from Harlequin’s Nocturne series, I was looking forward to the first novella in her Blackthorn Wolves Series. Unfortunately, the two main characters never had a chance to grow in such a short story. Olivia and Garrick were likeable, but there wasn’t enough development for me to really connect to them.

The opening scene was at a McDonald’s restaurant. There was a reference to Olivia’s bad eating habits and her pants … which I didn’t get. Maybe it was an attempt at a joke. I’m unsure why it was referred to in the first place.

Then, faster than the blink of an eye, Olivia’s world turned upside down. She’s taken against her will, woke up chained to a wall in a basement, presumably by a psycho-killer, yet in the next paragraph she’s all hot and bothered for him. Really??? This story was labeled romance, not erotica, so Olivia’s nonchalant response to her dire situation didn’t seem like a reasonable reaction.

But then they have a heart to heart talk, where Garrick confesses that he is a Werewolf. She accepts this unknown world, and everything that he says, way too easily. Less than 24 hours and she is prepared to make life-changing decisions and become a werewolf. Ugh…. Maybe it would have been more believable if there was some kind of mating magnetism that drew them together, some world building or long-forgotten paranormal memories so that the puzzle pieces fell into place. As it was, her extreme acceptance without any real thought to the consequences shocked me, especially after her age is revealed. Having Garrick read Olivia’s full date of birth from her driver’s licenses wasn’t necessary. Not only did it age the character, making the book no longer timeless, but also at forty-nine years old, one might think Olivia would be more levelheaded. I pictured a much younger person based on her behavior and the way she talked.

In terms of expectations, this one didn’t match up. I was continually pulled out of the story, wondering why and what was going on or looking back to confirm I didn’t miss any vital information. Then the blurb said she was chained to a bed when in reality she was chained to a wall. The interactions between them felt forced at times and not believable, so I never saw them as a real couple. Which is good since the ending includes an awkward cliffhanger, one that leaves Garrick craving the taste of her blood again, yet not once did he bite her anywhere in the text of this story.

Too much was missing to make this first installment a solid start to The Werewolf Liaison series. Literally, it was just way too quick to make it realistic. She was kidnapped, she was turned on, they had sex, another wolf attacked her, and then Garrick made her go away … the end.

Would I read the next book in the series?  Yes, but only if it is longer. It ended so abruptly, and I hate not knowing what happens next. Vivi Anna is a talented full-length novel writer and tells a wonderful story, but in my opinion her gift falls short in novellas.

Excerpt Blast: THE SURRENDER GATE by Christopher Rice

Posted February 20, 2015 By Jennifer

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I met Christopher Rice at last year’s RT Book Lover’s convention in New Orleans, and was SOOOOO looking forward to spending more time chatting with him at this year’s Coastal Magic Convention. I’d been following him on social media for a while (he’s hilarious!!), and I LOVED his novella for the 1001 Dark Nights series, THE FLAME. He’s just as funny and charming in person, and he seems to genuinely enjoy talking to fans/readers and having interesting conversations. That all makes today’s post a lot of fun for me, as we’re sharing an excerpt from the first full length novel in his Desire Exchange erotic paranormal series, THE SURRENDER GATE.

The Desire Exchange_300dpi_NOVEL 2Emily Blaine’s life is about to change. Arthur Benoit, the kindly multi-millionaire who has acted as her surrogate father for years, has just told her he’s leaving her his entire estate, and he only has a few months to live. Soon Emily will go from being a restaurant manager with a useless English degree to one of the richest and most powerful women in New Orleans. There’s just one price. Arthur has written a letter to his estranged son Ryan he hopes will mend the rift between them, and he wants Emily to deliver the letter before it’s too late. But finding Ryan won’t be easy. He’s been missing for years. He was recently linked to a mysterious organization called The Desire Exchange. But is The Desire Exchange just an urban legend? Or are the rumors true? Is it truly a secret club where the wealthy can live out their most private fantasies?

It’s a task Emily can’t undertake alone. But there’s only one man qualified to help her, her gorgeous and confident best friend, Jonathan Claiborne. She’s suspected Jonathan of working as a high-priced escort for months now, and she’s willing to bet that Jonathan has uncovered some possible leads to The Desire Exchange—and to Ryan Benoit. But Emily’s attempt to uncover Jonathan’s secret life lands the two of them in hot water. Literally. In order to escape the clutches of one of Jonathan’s most powerful and dangerous clients, they must act on long buried desires—for each other.

When Emily’s mission turns into an undercover operation, Jonathan insists on going with her. He also insists they continue to explore their impossible, reckless passion for each other. Enter Marcus Dylan, the hard-charging ex-Navy SEAL Arthur has hired to keep Emily safe. But Marcus has ulterior motives for taking the job; he, too, has a burning passion for Emily, and he turns out to be as rough and controlling as Jonathan is sensual and reckless. As Emily searches for a place where the rich turn their fantasies into reality, she will also be forced to decide which one of her own long-ignored fantasies should become her reality. But as Emily, Jonathan, and Marcus draw closer to The Desire Exchange itself, they find their destination isn’t just shrouded in mystery, but in magic as well.

 

EXCERPT:

“I’m sorry,” Marcus says.“For?”

“For the fact you so totally and completely misinterpreted what I said.”

“I’m hanging up now. It’s a little late for mansplaining.”

“And for not turning you around and taking you right over the hood of that Aston Martin to show you how wrong you were.”

Her breath catches, but another Emily responds. “Charming,” she whispers.

“Your hand seems to think so,” he says.

He’s right. The warmth she’s been feeling against her thigh is coming from her own palm. Just the sound of his voice has charmed her fingers onto her thigh. And he can see it all. The parted taffeta drapes blowing in the breeze, the tangle of silk sheets sliding down across her white T-shirt, the rise and fall of her chest as she tries to get back the breathhe just stole from her.

“It’s not gonna be that easy,” she says.

“What? What isn’t going to be that easy, Miss Blaine?”

“Put a little distance between us and then you turn into Christian Grey, when there’s no risk and you don’t have to—”

“Don’t have to what?”

“I want to hear what you said.”

“When?”

“Arthur said he assigned you to me because you made some comments about me that got back to him. I want to hear them. The comments.”

“They weren’t comments,” Marcus says.

“Then what were they?”

“Observations.”

“About my weight?”

“About your eyes. You were coming down off the front porch of the main house one day and when the sunlight hit your eyes, they were so beautiful they looked like a painting.”

“Well, now…that’s kinda sweet.”

“And then I said if I ever get inside that woman I’m going to do whatever it takes to make her look into my eyes the whole time. To make her feel like there’s no one else except for me, and nothing else in the world except for what I’m doing to her body.”

She hopes her sharp intake of breath is too soft for the microphones to pick up, but she doubts it. And besides, her silence is telling enough.

“Watch that hand, Emily.”

“Is that how you said it? In exactly those words?”

“I said it in a way Scott could understand. He was the other guy on duty that day. He doesn’t read books with big words. Just magazines with big guns.”

“I see…”

“I see too,” he says. “But I’d like to see more.”

Before she can think twice about it, she draws the sheet back a few inches, exposing the crotch of her panties to the ocean breeze, revealing it to the darkened bedroom and it’s myriad of hidden but prying eyes. Revealing it to Marcus’s tortured hunger for her, on which he seems to temporarily lose his grip every few hours or so.

Me, I’m the reason he loses control. I’m the thing he wants but doesn’t want to want…yet.

Fear sends gooseflesh up her thighs, fear of being exposed, fear of moving too fast, fear of giving too much of herself away too soon. But they’re her thighs and her panties, goddammit, and for the time being, this is her bedroom, and she’s technically alone, so what is there to be afraid of—

“Are the cameras recording?” she asks the darkness.

“Not unless I tell them to.”

“Don’t tell them to.”

“Then show me more. Quid pro quo, you know.”

“Never reference Silence of the Lambs when you’re trying to get a woman naked.”

“You have a real mouth on you, Miss Blaine. Do you know that?”

“I do. And that’s why you keep talking to me.”

“Or it’s just my job.”

“There are other jobs, with quieter people.”

“Smart girl.”

She tries to suppress a smile. Beneath the sheet, she works her arms out from her T-shirt, then slides the entire thing up and over her head before dropping it to the carpet. Just at the moment when Marcus probably believes she’s about expose her breasts to the open air, she rolls over onto her stomach.

Marcus growls.

 

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice’s first foray into erotic romance, THE FLAME, earned accolades from some of the genre’s most beloved authors. “Sensual, passionate and intelligent,” wrote Lexi Blake, “it’s everything an erotic romance should be.” J. Kenner called it “absolutely delicious,” Cherise Sinclair hailed it as “beautifully lyrical” and Loreli James announced, “I look forward to reading more!” Now, Christopher returns you to the world first introduced in THE FLAME with an all new novel of The Desire Exchange…

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HighResHeadshotAfter publishing four New York Times bestselling thrillers by the age of 30 and being declared one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive, award-winning writer Christopher Rice became the first author to make his erotic romance debut part of the 1,001 DARK NIGHTS series. THE FLAME: A Desire Exchange Novella kicked off a steamy new series set in New Orleans, featuring magical candles and a sexy new breed of supernatural beings, The Radiants, who are devoted to helping heroes and heroines realize their heart’s desire. THE FLAME earned accolades from some of the biggest names in erotic romance and was quickly followed up by THE SURRENDER GATE: A Desire Exchange Novel, available from Evil Eye Concepts as a Blue Box Special. Aside from authoring eight works of dark suspense, Christopher is also the co-host and executive producer of a streaming Internet radio show he launched with his best friend, New York Times bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn. Each Sunday at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, THE DINNER PARTY SHOW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE & ERIC SHAW QUINN brings you a new episode at TheDinnerPartyShow.com

 

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