New Release: Unorthodox Chemistry

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Title: Unorthodox Chemistry

Series: The Unorthodox Trilogy, Book #2

Author: Lilah E. Noir

Release Date: February 18th, 2018

Facebook party: Feb 18th, 2pm-5m at the NuRomantics Group (you must be a member of the group so join here)

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He was her Master, lover and the only man who truly knew her. She was his pet, best friend and the love of his life. Sometimes that’s not enough.
LINA
He’s gone.
His absence hurts more than any whip.
Thomas saw me for who I was.
Strong on the outside, fractured and vulnerable on the inside.
Every day I struggle to rebuild my life.
I miss him. His rough passion and his affection.
I know we’ll never be together again, I even tried to move on…
… and then one invitation changed everything.
Do I dare to say no to the greatest temptation?
THOMAS
I had to walk away.
Lina paid dearly for my mistakes.
She needs to heal and all that’s left for me is to wait.
In the dark, with nothing but my demons and sins to keep me company.
The memory of her is a bittersweet torture, one I didn’t think I could ever escape…
A year later, at the kinkiest club in town, I saw her. On the arm of another man.
May the seduction begin.

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I pressed her cheek against the hard, metal door and whispered in her ear, “Remember, Lina, you’re the one who came here tonight. You were the last person I expected to see here.” My lips brushed against her sensitive earlobe. She shuddered at the contact. Her eyelids fluttered and she shut them tight. “You must’ve known I wouldn’t miss Allie’s birthday. Don’t play innocent… I know exactly what you’re doing.”
“The world doesn’t revolve around you,” she hissed and tried to hide her face.
“Open your eyes and look at me,” I said softly and ran my free hand down her spine. I traced its curve with my fingertips, found her weak spot, right below the base of her neck, and caressed it with my lips. When she stood still and closed her eyes, I raised a palm and landed it on her ass. It wasn’t the strongest smack she’d ever received from me. The dress protected her bottom so my palm probably didn’t even leave a mark.
Still, she snapped her eyes open and turned to me. She had her ferocious mask back on, without a trace of vulnerability.
“What do you want from me?” The hard notes in her voice shot at me like bullets.
“Me?” I chuckled and took her by the wrists. “I’m the one who should ask that question because I suspect you don’t have the slightest clue what you want, Miss Riley.”
“Let me go.” Weakness crept back into her tone. “I can’t think when you pin me down.”
“Maybe it’ll do you good not to think. Maybe then you’ll be sincere.”

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She was his boss at work and his submissive at all times.
LINA
I’d never noticed him before.
He was just a lonely, scared boy when I hired him.
I was too busy to notice the lust in his eyes.
Now I’m at his feet begging for every bit of pleasure and pain he’ll unleash on me.
THOMAS
She enthralled me.
Her body. Her mind. Her wicked laughter and unreadable eyes.
She was out of my league yet I knew what she longed for.
I only had two months to kill her nicotine addiction and make her crave me.
I’d use every trick I had to claim her as mine.

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After some hesitation, I gathered my hair and stared at him with nervous expectation. He smiled warmly and placed the leather against the front of my neck. Powerful shivers went through me as his deft fingers clasped the metal buckle from behind and fastened the collar around my neck. It was wrong on so many levels, such a symbolic act of dehumanization. So why did my pulse race with excitement? At that moment, another, more powerful, awareness stood side by side with the excitement taking control of my mind. Pride and intimacy. As if I truly was a treasured, protected pet who could put her trust and submission in the person holding the leash. Complicated emotions overpowered any resistance in my brain and a lump got stuck in my throat.
Thomas slid his fingers down the inner sides of my wrists. Then he gently pulled them away, letting my hair cascade down my back. He picked up the leather extension of the collar and moved one step back to look at me.
“You look great like this, boss. Consider it part of your uniform while you’re here with me.” When I squirmed with slight discomfort, he tugged on the leather and chuckled. “I know you like it. I saw how your eyes lit up.”
I did. I felt like someone had lifted the burden of the entire week from my shoulders. My mind was overfilled with emotions raging from relief to lust. Shame had no chance to creep in, but how could I put it all into words when my own body still dominated me, demanding release from the fire of my lust?
I hadn’t realized my vision was blurred with tears until Thomas brushed his thumb below my eyelid and wiped them away. He stroked my cheek with a sympathetic expression and whispered,
“There’s no need to say anything, Lina. You’ll figure it out in the process. Just allow yourself to feel now.”

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Lilah E. Noir is an author of dark erotic novels and psychological stories. Her work has elements of taboo, seduction and different aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, with a touch of romance and tenderness. If you love flawed characters, submissive alpha females, unconventional dominant heroes, angst, emotional darkness, lots of kinky sex scenes her books might be your kind of pleasure.

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SURPRISE Release from Penny Reid

Scenes from the Hallway, an all new novella from USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid, is LIVE and as a special Valentine’s Day gift from Penny it’s FREE!

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Synopsis

From the USA TODAY Bestselling romantic comedy series, ‘Scenes from the Hallway,’ Knitting in the City #6.5

You know who I am.

I swear too much, I crack too many jokes, and I got a thing for Kat Tanner; a messy thing, a distracting thing, a getting-in-the-way-of-everything thing; a thing that makes being in the same room with the woman torture. Sometimes it’s the good kind. Mostly, it’s not.

What you don’t know is how it all started. You don’t know how we met, you might not know what happened in Vegas (or the morning after), and you definitely don’t know what happened after that.

You want to know the story before the story? Well . . . here you go.

But be careful what you ask for. As I’ve discovered the hard way, you might not like it.

‘Scenes from the Hallway’ is a companion short prequel/short story (11k words) for the upcoming book, ‘Marriage of Inconvenience,’ and includes the first 3 chapters of the soon to be released novel! (‘Marriage of Inconvenience’ releases March 6, 2018.)

WARNING This short story contains a lot of cussing. Do not download or read if you dislike curse words in novels. WARNING

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, three kids, and an inordinate amount of yarn. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes books.
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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

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THE SMALLEST PART by AMY HARMON

Heart breaking. Heart healing. Heart melting. The Smallest Part, a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance is now available on all platforms.

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“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

For my review, see below.

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★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.

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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

Contemporary Romance

Thus far, I haven’t seen any hints that people who are sensitive to mental health issues would be aware that these kinds of serious issues are addressed in this book. Since I think it’s important to know in advance, this book includes serious thematic issues particularly around mental health.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (xoxo)

The Smallest Part (1)

Quick & Dirty summary: Mercedes, Noah and Cora have been friends since they were 9 years old. They are the 3 amigos, who eventually became the love birds plus a third wheel. Not that Mercedes minds. Noah is still her best friend. She would still do anything for Cora. In fact, she does do everything for Cora, backing away from Noah so that the 3 amigos stay the 3 amigos. But after a terrible accident, Noah and Mercedes must figure out how to navigate their relationship in the midst of sorrow and heartbreak.

There is a lot to like about this book. If you haven’t read an Amy Harmon book before, you’ll enjoy this one. Mercedes and Noah are vividly painted. Their interactions are honest and heartfelt. And the emotion pouring from the book, especially at the end, is overwhelming in the best possible way.

That being said, I do not think this is Harmon’s best work. I found at least one part of the storyline unconvincing. It felt like I had seen that on tv somewhere and it didn’t add dimension to any of the characters. I was also disappointed with how lightly the secondary characters were described. I love Heather and Alma and yet they weren’t fully developed. And my biggest sadness is in how Cora is described. After years of them being together, the memories Noah and Mercedes share give little insight into this woman. She is alternately described as suffering from depression and bipolar disorder but with little coherency. At the very least, she needed intensive therapy due to her childhood, and yet Noah, who has a doctorate in psychology, doesn’t talk about any of it. She feels like a phantom limb, but without knowing which limb is missing.

So, there was a lot I didn’t like. Full disclosure here, I do not like love triangles, so perhaps I was never going to love this book as much as her other stories. The thing, though, about Amy Harmon, is she is a wonderful writer. Even though I thought a few areas could have been better, this book is still amazing. I love the portrayal of Cuddy and Abuela. And of course I was happy to see Moses and David make an appearance in the book. More generally the dialogue is smooth. The characters are sympathetic. And at the end of the day, I’m happy I read the book.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

If you are a fan of Amy Harmon, especially the Law of Moses series, then you probably want to read this. But, if you are a fan of Amy Harmon and have not read Law of Moses, then I’d say remember this is a contemporary romance. If you are expecting that going in, then I think you’ll really enjoy this book and see the value in it. If you are new to Harmon’s writing, start with Law of Moses.

Something else you might enjoy:

You have to read the Law of Moses. You just have to.

Talkin’ to You Dream Hoarders

Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That is a Problem, and What to Do About It by Richard Reeves

Non-fiction

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Overall Rating: 4

Quick summary: The crux of this book is whether or not the American dream exists anymore. Can someone from the lower classes work their way up into the top 20% of incomes? The short answer is the American dream is under serious threat due to opportunity hoarding and that classes are more entrenched/hereditary than in the United Kingdom. While most contemporary movements focus on the top 1% of incomes, Reeves argues that it’s the upper middle class, defined here as the top 20% of earners, who are widening the gap between rich and poor.

This book is a challenge. It’s written for a liberal audience who is concerned about inequality and access. As Reeves openly admits, the very group of people he’s blaming for widening inequality are the people reading this book and, ultimately, the people who must advocate for a change in public policy. This means voting against their own interest and, to some extent, the interest of their children.

As a parent, I’ve had those tough conversations with my family. Economically we are not a part of this income bracket. But, my husband and I are educated and we have a mortgage, so we share a lot of the characteristics of the folks Reeves is talking about. Voting to raise your own taxes, close doors for your children and open up your neighborhood to “strangers” can be a tough pill to swallow. However, Reeves does a good job of convincing me that those were always unfair advantages anyway. The history of some of these policies is entrenched in racism and classism and, quite frankly, if my kids can’t success without those advantages, then they don’t deserve to make a lot of money.

In the end, I’m not sure Reeves has written a book that will become the cornerstone of a new movement. But I do think that if people who are interested in preserving the American dream, regardless of race and class, read this book, they’ll realize that Reeves is advocating for changes that would benefit poor, rural areas just as much as those typically targeted for help by Democrats or liberals.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $9.60)

Unless you are a political activist or a political science major, you should just borrow this book from the library like I did.

Something else you might enjoy:

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam is actually quoted a few times in Dream Hoarders and if you care about education, then you should read this book too.

A Fascinating Take on Vampires

I have been reading a ton, but have been avoiding my computer which means not a lot of book reviews. So I decided to share what I think about one of the books I’ve read recently, Enduring Bond by Christa Paige, by filming a short video review.

You can find the review on the blog’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/loveserially). Click here for a shortcut.

In summary, it’s a great book with a strong heroine, a fascinating new take on vampires and main characters who don’t speak English as their first language. All interesting layers to an exciting book.

A Cowboy’s Kiss

The McGavin Brothers Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Kiss (Book 7)

I received a free copy of this book. I love it so I’m sharing my opinion. If you’d like to read my reviews of the other books in the series, you can do so here.

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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Luke Bennett has just moved back to Eagles Nest and his consulting business is doing just fine. In fact, he’s on his way to a meeting when he sees a shivering dog on the side of the road. Knowing the snow will get to the dog at some point, Luke rescues the poor thing. When Abigail sees Luke with the dog he’s recused, she knows she can depend on him to help her bakery make a profit. But as Luke tries to rescue Abigail’s business, Abigail will need to learn to put her pride aside to take Luke’s advice to heart. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to balance business with pleasure as he realizes Abigail is everything he didn’t know he wanted.

This is another sweet story to add to the McGavin series. The brothers all make appearances, as well as Luke’s sister Hayley and the fun-loving Badger. Luke and Abigail make a good couple, although there were times when I wanted to roll my eyes at Abigail. But Luke is a standup guy who I love!

I was a little disappointed with the climax of the novel. It seemed weird to me, Abigail’s reaction, but since I don’t want to include any spoilers, I won’t say anything more than that. It wasn’t enough to make me unhappy with the book, but I thought it strange.

In any case, this is a great book. The secondary characters are all wonderful, even the secondary characters that are new. And I can’t wait to see what happens with the matriarch of the McGavin clan. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series!

 

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes! This is a sweet read for under a dollar. Well worth the money and the time spent reading it.

2018 Grab Bag Give Away

I promised a give away around the holidays and I intend to deliver, even if the holidays are technically over. If you win this giveaway, I’ll mail you two signed romance novels by two authors. I won’t tell you which books they are, but the books will be signed!! This give away is open internationally. Once a winner is selected and notified (I’ll contact the winner through the social media platform that you entered in), you’ll have three days to give me your address so I can send your books out to you. If I don’t hear back from you by then, I’ll pick another winner.

You can enter in multiple ways and each method you use gets you one entry (for a maximum of 4 entries). Giveaway ends on January 16th:

–Like and comment on this blog post (I’d love to discover what book you’re looking forward to reading in 2018).

–Follow @loveserially (http://www.twitter.com/loveserially) and retweet the contest tweet.

–Like the Blog’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/loveserially) and like the contest post.

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Signed Books

*Note: Only 2 of the books pictured in this blog post will be given away. They will be randomly selected books.

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