Book Review: Forbidden Promises

Celebrate the Release of FORBIDDEN PROMISES!

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O’Malleys family series, hailed as “The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet.” FORBIDDEN PROMISES features Sloan O’Malley and her mysterious new next-door neighbor, Jude MacNamara.

Add FORBIDDEN PROMISES to your TBR pile on Goodreads! Then keep reading to get an EXCLUSIVE (and totally hawt!) sneak peek at FORBIDDEN PROMISES. Also, be sure to enter the giveaway for an O’Malley heroes candle set + a $30 Amazon gift card. Three (3) runner-up winners will get their choice of an eBook from Katee’s backlist.

 Title: Forbidden Promises

Author: Katee Robert

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Publisher: Grand Central/Forever

Series: The O’Malleys

Page Count: 336 pages

Synopsis: 

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O’Malley just left her entire world behind-her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she’s free. She can live the “normal” life she’s always wanted. A life without fear. But there’s nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he’s never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan-who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation-has forbidden written all over her. Only after it’s way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.

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My Review:

I love a little romance mixed with danger. This book is your classic version of bad guy meets good girl, bad guy grows a conscience. But the action and the ties between different families, the complications, made me spend an entire day finishing it. I must mention this is the 4th book in the series and the 1st I read. It can be treated as a standalone, but I would recommend you read the previous ones as well. It will give you a better understanding of the relationships formed and the ties between the families.

Sloan has been aware of the crime in and around her family, but she has managed to maintain a distance, trying not to let drugs or killings affect her. With the help of one of her brothers, she escapes to an isolated town on the beach, to avoid a future any of the daughters of the O’Malley family feared: being married to other lords of the crime scene, so that the family could gain more power. She never expected to fall in love, especially with Jude McNamara, a guy with a hunger for revenge more powerful than anything. He, on the other hand, only wants some fun and information.

This book is action-packed from start to end, with some twists and a good dose of sexual activities. Told on the third person, we get to experience both our main characters. The author also gave us the opportunity to explore the story from all angles. We even get to see some glimpses from some other characters, and that stimulates our chase for the other books in the series.

Sloan maintains her opinions throughout the book. She keeps her distance from the war between crime lords, even trying not to get between her brothers. She loves her family, but understands she’s different than all of them. If one of her sisters is married (happily) to one of the leaders of the crime life, trying to set him on the right path, the other sister is leading a life that drugs and alcohol dictate. Sloan just wants tranquility and she’s willing to fight for it. For a girl used to have it all, or better not used to do anything, she is brave enough to get a job and live on her own. She has seen and heard enough not to let herself collapse in tears. I loved her personality a lot! She’s one character that does not change at all, mainly because she has reached a point of maturity, where she will explore only her sexuality.

Jude only wants revenge on the Sheridans for killing his family. He has waited all his life for the perfect opportunity. However, he has not taken into account this innocent girl that makes him crazy with desire. He will unleash passion inside Sloan, while she will give him hope. But it all seems impossible to achieve.

I enjoyed every chapter and I cannot wait to get into Dimitri’s story. This is what I mostly loved about this book: it makes me read the next character’s life. However, I did not enjoy the full on sex talk. It did not sit well with how pure Sloan is. Other than that, no other complaints. I will add this series on my list and Kate Roberts is definitely an author worth following. Enjoy!

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First Look Blitz: Blood Vowed

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Title: Blood Vowed

Author: Traci Douglass

Series: Blood Ravagers

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: April 13, 2017

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Synopsis:

Reverend “Rev” Walker, expected some backlash after he foiled The Council’s attempts to overthrow the Blood Ravager Biker Gang. What he hadn’t expected was to wake up in the last place he ever wanted to see again—a dank cell of The Council’s Siberian dungeon. Drained and chained, he faces certain death if he can’t escape from the hellish prison. Now, his only means of escape depends on him accepting help from a fellow prisoner, a woman whose very existence is a lie and the only one capable of awakening Rev’s long-dormant heart.

Claire Deveraux is Dygarian, a race of shadow-shifters who have been slandered and hunted to extinction by The Council. But Claire has used her years of enslavement well, reading her captors’ secret texts and hearing their whispered secrets. Now, after being locked up for a crime she didn’t commit, she plans to use her knowledge of the dungeon’s maze-like interior to gain her freedom, or die trying. Then a new prisoner arrives, a man Claire has dreamed of and knows in her heart is her destined mate, if only she can break through his walls.

On the run and threatened from all sides, will Rev and Claire learn to trust each other and their growing feelings for one another before it’s too late?

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Excerpt from Blood Vowed:

Gods fangs, have I ever been in so much pain?

Slowly, agonizingly, Rev forced one swollen eye open. Nothing but darkness surrounded him, crowded tight with the dank stench of rotting flesh, unwashed bodies, and mildew. Invisible legs skittered along the skin of his temple and he tried to raise his hand to brush whatever it was away, only to find his wrists shackled with heavy iron cuffs.

Tried his legs and found the same.

Never in his eons-long life had he ever been in such agony.

Images flashed through his beleaguered brain. Endless torment. The satisfied grin of Elon, his Council tormentor, the man’s bloodstained teeth. The scrape of nails, digging deep. A bark of laughter followed by the terrible scents of brimstone and sweat and fear. One brutal emotion after another bombarded him—disgust, rage, utter violation. Desperate to avoid a breakdown, he’d built a brick wall around his screaming heart and soul.

The three members of the Council—Auric, Elon, and Jareth—had beaten him for hours, relentless, brutal, stopping only long enough to allow Rev to heal enough to start all over again. Most every bone in his immortal body felt broken, bruised, or otherwise battered.

The Council was thorough in their punishment.

And he’d evaded them for far too long.

There was no doubt in his mind that they had rejoiced at his capture, relished bringing him back here, locking him away in what would surely become his final grave. Still, he couldn’t bring himself to regret what he’d done. Dex and Liz had proven themselves worthy, brave, true.

Before this was over, Rev hoped to prove those things about himself as well.

To pay back the three bastards of the Council for all the evil they’d wrought on the otherworld and perhaps earn his eternal rest at last.

Rest…

With a sigh, he leaned his head back against the rough stone. They’d taken his hat, his clothes, everything he owned, except for the filthy loin cloth slung around his hips. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d fed, bathed, seen the sun or the moon.

Time had lost all meaning in here.

As his eyes slid closed once more, he prayed for a few hours of rest before they came for him again and the torture started anew.

“Hello?” a voice whispered through the shadows, so quiet it sent a shiver down his spine.

Rev opened his one good eye, glanced around, but spotted nothing.

He was alone. Probably a hallucination.

“Hello? Are you still alive in there?”

His head snapped up. He searched through the shadows again. “Who’s there?”

“So you are alive.” The voice sounded hesitant and decidedly…female.

“Unfortunately, yes.” He strained against his bonds, to no avail. “Who are you?”

She laughed, his mystery woman. “The one who will help you escape.”

The blood in Rev’s veins ignited, as if touched by a lit match. His heartbeat thumped loud in his ears, faster, faster, the need to break his restraints, stalk to the bars of his cell and rip them all to shreds, overwhelming him. He needed to see her, would die if he couldn’t.

An extreme reaction, yes, especially for him.

As was his weird, nearly excruciating awareness for another being. The uniqueness made it no less uncontrollable or unstoppable. From the first word, his entire universe had centered on this woman. The huskiness of her tone, the promise of absolute pleasure, the come-hither invitation that made his body grow hard…

Other Books in the Blood Ravagers Series

Blood Bound

Anna Frost had a bad feeling when her twin sister, Liz, told her she’d run off with a member of the notorious Otherworld biker gang, the Blood Ravagers. And her unease skyrockets when her sister subsequently vanishes. The police have no authority and little interest, so Anna decides to take matters into her own hands by infiltrating the group to discover for herself what happened to Liz, where she meets….

Dante, half demon, half human. A mix of two worlds, accepted by neither, he’s had no choice but to learn the hard way how to play whatever side of the fence kept him alive during his nearly 500 years of existence. Now, as second-in-command of the Blood Ravagers biker gang, his survival depends on keeping his humanity a secret. Dante’s ultimate goal is to fulfill the vows he made over two centuries ago to create a world where half-breeds can live in safety and equality.

But when sheltered schoolteacher Anna finds unexpected, white-hot passion in the arms of Dante, will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for? Or will they find a way to save Liz – and their love – together?

Book 1 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

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Blood Freed

Elizabeth “Liz” Frost has always been the wild one. But now, with a niece or nephew on the way and her promise to become half of the new psychic Oracle team for the Blood Ravagers Biker Gang, she’s ready to turn over a new leaf. And what better way to start than by answering the call when gang leader Dante needs help? Her mission: to travel cross-country to get the information the gang needs to complete the Oracle Binding Ceremony. Should be easy, right? Except for the incredibly tempting lone-wolf shifter named Dex who’ll be her riding partner and protector on the journey.

Dexter “Dex” MacCallahan is tasked with guarding Liz Frost, one of the gang’s beautiful and bewildering new psychics. Dex can’t refuse the mission, but there’s one small problem. The time of his Rut is approaching, a rare occurrence where male wolf-shifters must physically bond with their chosen mate or face certain insanity and death. It could cost him not only the new life he’s built, but also his battered, scarred heart.

Together, Dex and Liz must search for the information they need before his old nemesis and a rival gang annihilates all they hold dear. But when the simmering chemistry between them boils over into searing hot passion, will they risk losing their hearts to save the ones they love?

Book 2 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

About Traci Douglass:TraciDouglassHeadshot

Traci is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her stories feature sizzling heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and she loves animals, chocolate, coffee, hot British actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.


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Cover Reveal: The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis

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Title: The Mistress Enchants Her Marquis Series: Craven House #2 Author: Christina the-mistress-enchants-her-marquisMcKnight Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: February 21, 2017

Blurb:

COURTSHIP WAS NEVER SO SCANDALOUS

The grandson of an unconventional marquis and son of a notorious woman, Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent most of his life outside of London. His atypical upbringing has left him longing for roots and a traditional family life, and he’s determined to live his life above reproach. When he meets Miss Samantha Pengarden, he believes he’s found the woman he wants to marry—except she has other far more sensual ideas for him.

 

Known throughout the ton as the illegitimate rebellious daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Samantha has never had to face the world without her shy twin by her side—until now. Her sister’s marriage and the return of her blackguard father leaves her alone and adrift. When Elijah agrees to escort her to the town’s most infamous establishments, she thinks she’s finally found a man with a taste for scandal and a knowledge of matters of the flesh.

But she never counted on Elijah being so honorable. When Samantha is listed as the mistress of the Marquis of Ridgefeld in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her. Can two total opposites come together for a love certain to last a lifetime?

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About Christina McKnight: Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a christina-photoyoung age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

 

More from the Craven House series:

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