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Concealed in Death:

In Death Series, Book 38 [Unabridged]


by J. D. Robb (Author), Susan Ericksen (Narrator)


This is one of my absolute favorite series in Audio; It’s a winning combination of a fabulous author with an amazing narrator. I’d read every book in this series up unitl a few years ago, then I fell a few behind. So I thought what the heck, I’ll try one in Audio and catch back up. I wound up buying EVERY single book in audio just listen to Susan Ericksen breath new life into these characters for me! She’s THAT good! She’s built personality into the voices of each character and you can SEE their faces while you’re listening. LOVE it!


Nora Roberts, aka J.D. Robb, changes the tone of the In Death books often. If you’re a fan, you know exactly what I mean. While each book focuses on a case, some books will make you laugh, some will you leave you shaking your head at humanity, and some will really just make you sad. For me this was one of the Makes Me Sad cases.


Roarke has just purchased an older building that he has plans of restoring. Taking a personal interest he’s there when the demolition begins ~ and the bodies are found sealed into false walls. For he wife Lt. Eve Dallas the bodies of the young girls found are HER’s. She always takes a personal interest in the dead…they now belong to her. This case in particular touches her on a deep level, as these girls were orphans, abused, children who started life under the worst of circumstances in most of the cases; and Eve can so relate. She’d begun her life that, only unlike these girls she’d had the chance to build something else in her life. And she’s determined to find out who stole that chance from these girls…


This one focus’s hard on the relationship between Eve and Roarke, and Eve’s relationship with her bestie Mavis Freestone. It’s been great to see Eve open up and accept people and love into her life throughout the series, and we really get to see the contrast between the now and what once was in this one. While it left a lingering sadness on me for Eve, Roarke and Mavis, I loved every second of this story. Couldn’t quit listening!


I will say that if you’re new to this series this isn’t the place to start.


While I believe you’d totally enjoy the story you’d miss so much of the full series arc that runs through that you couldn’t possibly enjoy it as much as you SHOULD. There are some in this series that are stand alone. This isn’t one!



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Darkness Awakened



by Katie Reus (Author), Jeffrey Kafer (Narrator)


Werewolf Finn Stavros and Vampire Lyra Marius defied the confines of their races and fell in love – 17 years ago. Only Finn, scared for Lyra’s safety, cut the relationship off while he fought and won the Alpha position in his pack. He began searching for her as soon as he became Alpha, and has been searching ever since, with no luck…until she shows up on his pack’s doorstep, desperate for help.


Lyra has a secret she’s afraid to share with Finn, a secret that cost her her position in her Coven, and resulted in her building a life with her daughter in the human world. Now her daughter has been kidnapped, and Finn is the only person she can turn to for help.


Someone is releasing Akkadian demons, and Lyra is fearful they’re trying to use her daughter to fulfill an old prophecy…a prophecy she’s not told the full truth about. But it only takes their eyes meeting for them both to realize feelings are still there, the WANT is still there.


I really liked Lyra – she’s built a life as a single mother for herself and her daughter, and she’s done it with no help from family OR friends. She comes across as a strong, likeable woman whose goal to this point has been raising her daughter. Now the very center of her world is being threatened and she’s willing to ask for help from a man she believes didn’t want her. I liked the way Lyra and Finn interact – while this isn’t a long story, I felt like the past relationship worked perfectly for them to fall for one another so quickly. Not once did Katie Reus lose the perspective of Lyra’s daughter being the focal point of the story.


Finn’s focus has been his pack – and finding Lyra. He’s never been able to find another woman who even tempted him…Vampire or not, she’s the woman for him. And he’s all in to help her find her daughter, no matter the cost. He’s strong, sexy and more than willing to show his pack that Lyra is the woman for him. There’s lots of sexy, smokin’ moments!


This was a great sexy shifter story!

LOVED the narration – I’m not always a fan of a male narrator, but he does a great job with the female voices AND the male voices. And WOW, Katie Reus teases us with a brief glimpse of a sexy Dragon shifter…Grrrr…can’t wait for that one!





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BabyBeMine300What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

Since the moment Katy Thompson transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman, Gage Jenick has awaited his chance. When she kicks her boyfriend to the curb, he doesn’t hold back—in spite of the next day work assignment that will take him completely off the grid for two long months.

After a head injury sustained on a storm-swept road, Katy can’t remember her own email password, much less how the little pink “positive” on the pregnancy stick got there. Barring an influx of midichlorians, she’s at a loss to explain what happened, or when…or with whom.

Suddenly Gage is back in her life as if he has a right to be there. While she vividly remembers the crush she had on him, she’s no one’s charity case. But another thing she’d forgotten was just how stubborn Gage can be—especially when her domineering ex tries to stake a claim…

Warning: An unforgettable night that gets forgotten. A crazy redneck ex, and a hero who’s ready to take on the world, and his past, for his heroine.


Baby, Be Mine is about family—the one you’re born into and the one you chose. Katy’s big brothers haven’t so much put her off limits from suitors, but there are moments when even fairly rational men can be completely surprised by the twists fate throw at them.

It’s this brotherly love I find a lot of fun to play with in the Thompson & Sons series. Baby, Be Mine is a bonus book in a series that focuses on the four boys in the family.


Katy’s story is uniquely her own—and full of equal parts of heartbreak and joy.


Take a peek at dinner with the Thompsons. All four brothers, dad, and Gage, as Katy lets slip a vital bit of information…




She glared at him. “Forget it, Gage. We might be seeing more of each other in the future if you get your head out of your ass, but the only reason will be because you might be the father of my baby.”


The question exploded from five male throats at the same moment.

Katy lifted her chin, cheeks red, her chest heaving. “Yes. I’m pregnant. No, I’m not sure who the father is, although Gage insists he could be. It’s either him or Simon, and that’s all I’m going to say about this tonight because I’m sick of all of you. Good night.”

She twirled on her heel and stomped from the room, the door slamming shut after her. Gage wavered between running after her and staying to explain to the guys.

He never saw it coming. The fist that connected with his jaw made stars burst before his eyes, and he stumbled backward before landing on the floor, five very angry faces staring down at him.

“Shall we bury him alive in the back forty?” Mitch asked, wiggling his fingers to shake out the blow he’d delivered.

“Hang him in the garage. We can use the welder’s torch and skin him first.”

Gage shoved aside the anger inside that wanted to flare like a torch. “Let me explain, dammit.”

Clay dragged a hand over his head then gestured his brothers aside. He extended his hand to Gage.

Gage eyed it with distrust.

His friend snorted. “Look, you surprised us all, but I’m not going to beat you any further, and neither will the others.”

“Speak for yourself,” Len drawled. “What the hell is going on, Gage?”

“Boys, let him up.” Keith Thompson pushed through his sons to cast an unreadable stare upon Gage.

Gage accepted his friend’s help and was dragged to his feet. His hand rose instinctively to his face to cup his stinging jaw. “I can explain.”

He gave the best short version he could. All the while their disapproval weighed down on him.

“Dammit, Gage.” Clay paced away. “And now you’ve gone and put her back up. Idiot.”

“Thanks for telling me something I didn’t know.”

Len looked disappointed. “Does this mean we’re not killing him and hiding the body?”

Mitch rested a hand on his shoulder. “Not today, but there’s still hope for tomorrow.”



Thompson & Sons


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Let It Ride (Clay) in the fall

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Every Part of You Tempts Me by Megan Hart


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Who remembers that great song by The Divinyls, Pleasure and Pain? If I had to pick one song that Simone, the heroine of my five part erotic romance, Every Part of You, would consider her theme song, it would be that one.


Simone likes pain. A lot. Simone’s a masochist…but not a submissive. Writing her was interesting because of this. Masochism and submission so often go hand-in-hand that it can be hard to imagine a person not merely enjoying but craving pain, without also wanting to submit.


From Every Part of You: Resists Me (#2)


“I don’t like being tied up. Or spanked as discipline.” The tone of her voice had gone from light to slightly harsh, but she didn’t work too hard to change it. “I will never, ever wear a collar. I won’t call any man Master.”

He smiled then, finally, and though it was far from that brilliant one she’d had the luck to catch the night they’d been together, it was better than the frown. “No. I don’t imagine you ever would.”

She smiled, too. “I like you, Elliott Anderson. You’re smart. You have a good job. You’re sexy as hell–”

He snorted soft laughter at that and shook his head.

“And you like to hurt women when you fuck them.”

That stopped his laughter as fast as it had begun. The frown was back, this time accompanied by furrowed brows. He didn’t deny it, but obviously he didn’t want to admit it, either.

“You like it,” she repeated softly. “And I like it. So where’s the harm in liking it together?”

He shook his head again. Harder, this time. “You have no idea.”

“About what? What I like?” It was Simone’s turn to frown. “Because I can guarantee you, I’ve had enough time to figure it out. I mean, this wouldn’t be the first time a dude’s tried to tell me what I like or not–”

“No. Not about what you like. About what I like. I don’t. Like . . . that,” Elliott said.

He was lying to himself. She knew it, but wasn’t going to call him on it. Taking a chance, Simone sidled a little closer. “All I’m saying is, maybe we could give it a try.”


Elliott, on the other hand, won’t admit that he has sadistic tendencies. As much as he also gets off on giving Simone what she wants, he refuses to explore what he considers a darkness inside him. Even when she encourages him to embrace it, Elliott can’t.


Needless to say, this causes a lot of trouble between them, because Simone is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid, embarrassed or ashamed about it. Getting it is a little harder, because most of the men she finds who are willing to give her the pain she craves also want to dominate her. So when she realizes Elliott gets off on hurting her but doesn’t expect her to serve him, there’s no way she’s going to give up on him. No matter how grouchy he is about!


Simone’s chin went up. “Fine. Listen, I don’t beg. I don’t chase. I don’t need to.”

“I’m sure you don’t.” It was a compliment that sounded vaguely like an insult, and it stung her unexpectedly.

She pushed away from the desk. “Enjoy the scones.”

He reached to snag her sleeve as she passed. “Wait a minute.”

She waited without looking at him. Elliott let her wait, but he didn’t say anything. Finally, she turned. “What?”

“You don’t know me,” he said.

She gave a pointed look at the scones. The coffee. The napkins. Then at him. She raised a brow.


His mouth thinned. “No, Simone. You don’t.”

“Fine,” she said again.

“I know you think I’m a dick.”

She laughed then. “Oh. Yeah. Definitely.”

“I’m sorry,” Elliott said.

“No, you’re not,” Simone told him as she took up his phone from where he’d left it on the desk. She programmed something into it quickly and put it back. “But when you are, I guess you know where to find me.”

When she’d gone, he thumbed the screen to check what she’d done. It was easy to see, since she hadn’t closed the address book. She’d left him her phone number.



Shakespeare’s the one who said the course of true love never did run smooth, and that’s especially true in Simone and Elliott’s case. The more she tries to give, the less he refuses to take. It’s a back-and-forth denial and acceptance that drives her crazy with frustration, yet something about each of them keeps the other coming back for more.


Every Part of You is a five part erotic romance serial, perfect for readers who like the tease and anticipation of waiting for the next installment, as well as for those with a little more patience who want to wait for the entire story to release so they can indulge in the entire tale at once.


Every Part of You: Tempts Me, available 2/4/14

Every Part of You: Resists Me, available 2/18/14

Every Part of You: Taunts Me, available 3/4/14

Every Part of You: Denies Me, available 3/18/14

Every Part of You: Takes Me, available 4/1/14

everypart of you2RESISTS ME

Blurb for Every Part of You: Resists Me (#2)

The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead.

After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again.

And then they’re both invited to the same party.


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Due to our jobs, Mad and I have had to stop reviewing to avoid a conflict of interest but we are missing the reviews and great book talks that spin out from them. So we’ve decided to expand the Novel Thoughts team!

We are looking for reviewers to give their honest thoughts on the books they’ve read. These books can be ones you’ve purchased, borrowed, received from NetGalley, etc. We are not necessarily looking for “professional” reviewers. If you’ve never had a review on a blog, that’s okay. And if you are all ready a part of a blog and want to guest here occasionally, you’re more than welcome too. There is no obligation for a set amount of reviews to do.

Reviewers must be 18 years of age or older. We also require the reviewer not to have a professional relationship with the author of the book they are reviewing. That includes beta readers, assistants, street team members, etc. That conflict of interest thing I mentioned earlier? Yeah, that. We want readers of this blog to trust the honesty of our reviews and those relationships cast doubt.

If you are interested in being a guest reviewer please email us at lillie80@gmail.com or mad@romancereaderatheart.com (or both! cc is a great thing 😀 ) and include a few links to reviews you have done.

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MARKED: Three stories of passion, possession, and ink

Stories can take us from our everyday world into the future, or to places in the current here and now that we’ve never before been. They can show us heat, and passion, and in the case of an anthology, provide more than one trip to a fabulous happily-ever-after.

Kit Rocha, Lauren Dane and Vivian Arend welcome you to MARKED. Three brand new stories we’re thrilled to share with you.

We’re stopping off at some our favorite blogs with some steamy excerpts. Each of us has pulled a snippet from our novella following a chosen theme, to give you a taste of what you’ll find in MARKED. The theme for this post?

~~~First Glimpse of HER~~~


Beyond Temptation

Kit Rocha returns to Sector Four in BEYOND TEMPTATION. A promise to a dying friend backfires when Noah Lennox finds that the girl he was supposed to rescue is all grown upand wearing OKane ink. He wants to protect her from the secrets of their past, but she wants him. And an OKane woman always gets what she wants.


Music washed over Noah as he slipped through the door, a rough bass line that pounded in time with his heart as

Emma gripped the hilts of the knives strapped to her sleek thighs and circled her hips with a raw, knowing sexuality that had Noah’s dick half-hard already.

Emma was stripping at the most infamous bar in all eight sectors, a fact that would have been crazy enough all on its own. But tattoos curled around her wrists, cuffs that stretched from the tops of her hands halfway to her elbows, a sight only slightly less infamous than the bar. Members of Dallas’s gang wore those cuffs, inescapable proof that she really had joined up with the O’Kanes.

Appreciative noises rose from the crowd as Emma slipped the sharp end of one blade under her shirt, slicing the tight black cotton right down the middle. It pulled away, baring her breasts–and the taut pink tips of her nipples.


Rocky Ride

Take a ROCKY RIDE with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Vivian Arend as she leads you back to the Six Pack Ranch. Anna Coleman might be the law around Rocky Mountain House, but bad boy Mitch Thompson knows that under the stiff RCMP uniform is a woman with a passion for speed and pleasure that matches his own, and hes not giving up until shes his.


Mitch grinned harder, pushing her against the car before she could run away and clean up the signs of their wild debauchery. He pinned her in place, his hands pushing her wrists to the roof as he slid one leg between her thighs and held her bare ass to the car door. Her dark brown hair was a mess tumbled about her shoulders, her pupils still full and dark against her pale blue irises. The flush on her cheeks from the wild sex, not some maidenly blush. “I like you dirty,” he admitted.

Her eyes flashed brightly for a second before she pulled on her cop uniform. Not the navy slacks and powder-blue shirt, but the mental shield she wore. As real as a tangible piece of fabric, Anna transformed before his eyes from his sexy, uninhibited lover to the woman who wrote up tickets and toed the line.

All the lines. All the time.


All That Remains

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Dane takes you into a brand new world in ALL THAT REMAINS. Summer Killian falls fast and hard when Charlie arrives in Paradise Village. But the heat turns all the way up when she learns Charlie is also with Hatch the man she loved three years before. While shes not sure shes cut out for a triad, neither man is going to give her up.


“I met someone. She’ll be at the social tonight.”

Hatch already had his cap tucked in his back pocket but he smiled as he took some bread and cheese as they headed out the door. “You work fast.”

“This one is different . I think. Strawberry blonde. Big blue eyes. Freckles. Flirts just right. Her mouth, Christ, baby, she’s got a mouth on her that may be as lush as yours. It’s the woman from the path last night. I didn’t see all of her in the dark, but in the full morning sun she’s beautiful.”

“You know I love redheads, but I have a deep weakness for those pale strawberry blondes.” Hatch slid his sunglasses up his nose and it felt to Charlie like he was changing the subject. “You’re antsy now, aren’t you?”

“Not antsy really. I just… she’s different. I don’t know if I can say why. Made me think about roots and a woman to fit in that space in our life.” He shrugged. Of the two, Charlie knew who was the more sentimental one.


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I love reunited stories. In HIGH SEDUCTION, the hero and heroine have a troubled past, and getting them to their happily-ever-after future is the goal. Along with helping them survive dangerous Search & Rescue situations, and the addition of unexpected troublemakers.


But the moments of juggling the past? So much fun.




Out of nowhere a sense of complete dread struck. What were the odds? How was it possible? But Erin was nearly positive before she’d seen the proof.

Her bar stool was slowly rotated until she looked into the deepest of sky-blue eyes matched by the sexiest smile.

“Of all the gin joints, right?” Tim drawled. “You’re looking lovely, kitten.”

A shiver rolled up her arm as he took her hand and delicately lifted it to his lips. When he paused, waiting for per- mission, she knew what she had to say. What she had to do.

Get the hell out of there. Run. Hide. Do anything but dip her chin slightly and give the man permission.

She should have known he couldn’t simply arrive and throw her world into a whirlwind. The dark blue dress shirt he wore lay open at the collar, the colour complementing his deep tan. The scruff that had covered his chin earlier in the day was shaved clean, so clean she wanted to rub against his skin to test the satiny smoothness. His hair was slightly unruly as if he’d recently dragged a hand through it, or crawled out of bed after hours of sweaty sex…

…and this was not where she wanted her brain to go. Not really. Tim didn’t help her stick to platonic thoughts, though, as he slowly rotated her hand until her palm lay upward. Then he gently kissed the inside of her wrist.

There was no way anyone could have missed her reaction. The entire damn bar might have shaken along with her body.

“I take it you two know each other?” Phillip didn’t try to hide his amusement.

Tim didn’t let her go, but simply answered the question without taking his gaze from where it was fixed on Erin’s face. “We’ve met a time or two.”



You can find their story in HIGH SEDUCTION, available today in digital and mass market paperback.

High Seduction

Adrenaline Search & Rescue, Book 3

3. High Seduction

LIFELINE: an elite search-and-rescue squad based out of Banff, Alberta. Specializing in high-risk rescue missions,
this team goes wherever the job takes them… 

As the chopper pilot for the elite Lifeline search-and-rescue team, Erin Tate is used to handling power. Calling the shots in the air is one thing—in the bedroom it leaves her cold. What she wants is a man strong enough to strip away her control.

Paramedic Timothy Dextor has a wild card reputation, and the dark appetites to prove it. The only thing missing is a woman he can share them with. Landing a position on the Lifeline squad puts his old flame back within reach. He already knows what Erin needs, and this time he’s not letting her go.

But when an emergency throws Erin and Timothy together in unanticipated ways, the stakes are raised—on the job and off. Now they’ll both discover the real meaning of control…and the risks that come from falling in love.




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