Blog Tour: Hero by Julia Sykes

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Book 13 in the USA Today Bestselling Impossible Series—Can be read as a standalone.

 

A man with a broken heart…

The agony of losing the woman I love to another Dominant has left me dead inside. Over the last two years, sex has become my drug of choice to cope with the loss. I know I’m too broken to ever love again, but that won’t stop me from trying to fuck my pain away.

 

A woman with a painful past…

I’m not interested in intimacy, but I am interested in sex. As a BDSM romance novelist, I need to explore the world of kink for my books. The power exchange is meaningless; nothing more than research. Until I meet him. The powerful Dom won’t relent until he breaks down all my walls, including the ones that protect my ravaged heart.

 

Bound together by lust and danger…

Chloe Martin is a BDSM romance author by night and an investigative journalist by day. When the latter brings her to the New York unit of the FBI to research the Latin Kings, she never expects her two careers to collide. The agent she’s shadowing—Dexter Scott—is also a Dominant, and he’s interested in helping with her research in the field and in the bedroom.

 

But Chloe’s story on the Latin Kings puts her in the line of fire, and Dex’s protective—and possessive—instincts kick in. Can he let go of his pain and find his happily ever after? Or will the danger that surrounds them steal his second chance at love?   

 

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“Your safe word is red,” Dex told me. “Can you remember that?”

“Of course I can.” A hint of my indignation returned. Did he really think I was so dim that I couldn’t remember a simple safe word?

The pressure of the crop beneath my chin increased, tipping my head back farther and forcing me up onto my toes.

“Don’t be so sure. I’m going to take you so high, you’ll forget your own name. But don’t forget that one word.”

I wanted to say that I doubted his arrogant assertion. No Dom had ever sent me into subspace. I might play the role of a sub for my scenes, but I never truly submitted.

But something deep within me whispered that I’d already lost. I’d made the mistake of engaging in a power play with him, and I’d ceded to his will. I’d thought I was fully in control of the scene, but what had seemed like small changes—the blindfold, the gentle caresses of the crop instead of painful strikes, his low, firm commands rather than barked orders—had made me come undone.

“Good girl,” he said again before I could gather my wits enough to formulate a flippant response.

“I didn’t say anything,” I protested weakly. I’d done nothing to earn his praise.

The crop tenderly traced the line of my jaw. I suddenly wished he’d touch me with his fingertips instead. My teeth sank into my lower lip as I bit back a plea for him to put his hands on me.

“You didn’t have to say anything,” he told me in that same smooth, soothing tone. “And you don’t have to fight me. I can tell you’re trying to resist. Submit.”

“I can’t,” I whispered.

“Yes, you can. You just don’t want to. But I’m not giving you a choice. Your only way out of this is your safe word.”

A beat of silence passed. He was giving me the opportunity to escape.

But I said nothing. I sealed my fate.

 

 

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Julia Sykes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Impossible Series. She has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.

After spending four years living in England, Julia returned to her Southern homeland. She has recently settled down in South Carolina and spends her time petting her cat-children, reading, and binge watching TV with her husband when not writing. You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced latte clutched in her hand.

Julia loves connecting with readers! Please feel free to contact her on facebook, through twitter, or email her directly at juliasykes193@gmail.com. You can find out more about Julia’s current and future projects at julia-sykes.com.

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Review + Giveaway: Playing Games by Donna Alam

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MY REVIEW:

There are a lot of games going on in Playing Games: sex games, manipulative mind games, other power games and even a couple of board games. But the biggest games of all are also here: the lies people tell themselves about themselves, to make them feel worthy. The personae they put on at work to maintain respect. And then, there’s the wager of the heart.

As always, Donna Alam writes sophisticated, complicated characters. At first, the reader doesn’t know much about them. Over time, their actions become comprehensible in light of their histories. These characters take risks that most people would balk at. I was worried that some lines would be crossed that would spoil their relationship forever. But they work it out. They are both, admittedly, sexually extroverted, extremely liberal and able to trust each other with their insecurities.

I liked the BDSM. The sadomasochism isn’t graphic enough to be unpalatable. The love scenes are pretty creative. I would have liked to see a couple of the story threads in greater detail. Still, those who enjoy novels with Alpha Males should rate this highly. Four stars from me, for lots of romantic suspense.

 

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December 14th – 18th

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Title: Playing Games

Author: Donna Alam

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: Nov. 4th 2015

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Everyone has secrets. What would it take to make you whisper yours?

Louise had no interest in relationships until one night turned her whole world around.

Hold me down. Kiss me hard. Fuck me harder.

A stranger in a strange city, she wasn’t looking to lose control. Until she did.

Intensely. Irrevocably. Dangerously.

She handed herself over to him.

One night. His rules. No names.

But he had other plans.

She’s an enigma. Unfinished business. Potential. She’s what he wants. Again and again.

And though the last thing he wanted to do was hurt her, it was on his agenda somewhere. Because relationships are messy and painful.

It’s not all about Playing Games.

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“ ‘I find I just want to get to know you.’

‘That’s all?’ Powerful words. Frightening, too.

Almost as though reading her thoughts, Dan added, ‘Of course, I want to fuck you, too.’

‘Of course,’ she added with a smile. ‘What do you propose?’ Louise kept her eyes on the kitchen, not daring to face him, instead watching from the corner of her eyes.

‘Given the choice, I’d like to continue where we left off, with you on all fours.’ His hand found her chin and he turned her to face him. Sliding the hair from her shoulders, he pulled the strands through his fingers where they shone like the sun. ‘Given the opportunity, I’d like to place my hands around your neck, feel your breath under my palm. Given your encouragement, I’d peel you out of your clothes, and slide my fingers through that slick, pink ribbon between your legs.’ His words were a bare whisper, intensity burning and branding her skin. ‘And when you’ve given me everything, and you’re rung wet and shaking, I’d make you come on my tongue.’

She swallowed audibly. It didn’t hide the libidinous lilt in her voice, the longing as she said, ‘So what’s your plan?’

‘Date night.’ His hands cupped her face and then he whispered, ‘Because I’m all about the anticipation.’

‘You mean you’re a tease.’

‘You couldn’t possibly know.’ He smiled once more, his eyes shining with a mixture of design and delight. ‘But you could definitely find out.’

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Donna Alam writes about exotic locations and the men you aren’t married to, but might wish you were. Escapism reads with heart and humour and, of course, plenty of steam.

Hailing from the North of England, she’s a nomad at heart moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her Pretty Trilogy. Alas, there were no handsome millionaires hanging around there.

Eclectic reader and part-time perv, Donna is a huge fan of smart men and protagonists with a fair measure of inappropriateness.

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Review: Pretty Things by Donna Alam

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If a little trouble only makes for a good time, Kate and Kai should be having a blast . . .

Kate Saunders didn’t believe in happy endings, especially after finding her fiancé between another woman’s thighs. When she met Kai, she was sure he’d be nothing more than a hot one night stand. Charismatic, dominant and dirty, Kai wasn’t supposed to be her Prince Charming; maybe just her Mr Right Now. Against her better instincts, she’d fallen in love.

Kai makes a little wrong look a whole lot of right, but he’s learning that good looks, charm and a talented tongue don’t always get you what you want. Wealth, privilege and family are sometimes their own bonds. It’s not a forbidden love, but it’s a troubled one. One that might force Kai to reveal his not so pretty side . . .

Join Kate and Kai in Australia as they embark on the final leg of their journey in the heart-pounding, seat squirming, and hilarious conclusion to the trilogy. Lies, secrets, and shocking truths will be revealed as they discover the destination isn’t always the most important part of the journey. Sometimes the best bits are just where you get off.
 

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My Review:

At last, we have the final installment of the Pretty Trilogy in our hot little hands. Note that this is one trilogy you must read in order. When we left Kate and Kai in the last book, he had chased her after she fled home to Australia believing he had cheated. His declaration and proposal were gut wrenching (and made me fall for him 100 percent). But these are flawed people and in Pretty Things a lot of unexpected stress gets thrown into the mix.

 

Kate has grown up feeling that she’s never quite good enough to please her mum and stepfather. Although not the most secure person, negative experiences prompt her to be adventurous rather than reclusive. She has a killer wit, a pretty level head, and won’t let anyone mistreat her. I love this heroine. Sometimes, she leaps to conclusions and a lack of information leads her to preemptively protect herself (hence the retreat to Australia during Pretty Liar). And that’s one of the cool things about Kai: he doesn’t just throw in the towel. He stretches himself to enter new territory and communicate.

 

Open communication is not Kai’s forté. He’s accustomed to keeping his personal life private, especially from his manipulative, domineering father, Faris, who is happy to stage scenes to get Kai into trouble. Faris wants Kai to marry advantageously. Who cares about love? He does his best to wreak havoc on Kai’s relationship with Kate, and nearly succeeds.

 

Between outsmarting Faris’ conniving plan to marry him off, and securing his future with Kate, Kai needs some ulcer medication. At the start of the story, he behaves poorly. Perfect love casts out fear and at the start of the story, Kai is a legitimately anxious man. Fortunately, he does snap out of it.

 

Kai must learn to surrender control and let Kate in. Funnily enough, she also has to learn to trust by submitting to his wishes. Both, in their own ways, possess alpha personalities. Trust only happens when partners make themselves vulnerable.

 

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The supporting characters in this book are marvelous, per usual. Niamh could easily support her own trilogy. A novella written in the point of view of the horrible housekeeper would be top of my Buy List (I woke my family laughing about her). And wow, I really want to get inside Faris’ head. How did he become this person? Can he be redeemed?

 

I want more of this universe. Beautifully written, chock full of exotic locales, blisteringly funny and pretty steamy. The Bondage-Discipline Dominance-Submission doesn’t feel contrived. I find it pleasing that the focus is not on Masochism or humiliation. Plus, there are a lot of vanilla moments, they don’t just flit from scene to scene. This couple is high energy, mutually demanding, sexually adventurous, emotionally vulnerable, affectionate, smitten and focused on the long haul. One of my favourite couples in modern fiction. Five stars.

 

MORE PLEASE, Ms. Alam!

 

8395750 Donna AlamDonna Alam writes about exotic locations and the men you aren’t married to, but wish you were. Escapism reads with heart and humour and, of course, plenty of steam.

Hailing from the North of England, she’s a nomad at heart moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her Pretty Trilogy. Alas, there were no handsome male protagonists hanging around there.

Eclectic reader and part-time perv, she’s a huge fan of smart men, as well as protagonists with a fair measure of inappropriateness.

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Slave by Sherri Hayes: 4th Anniversary Giveaway

Four years ago on July 26th, Slave, the first book in Sherri Hayes’ Bestselling Finding Anna Series hit the market.

Genre: BDSM Romance Series
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Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.



As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.



Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.



Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.



Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?

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Slave now has over 100 4 and 5 star ratings son Amazon.

“Slave was a very intense read for me, beautifully written, and left me wanting more.” 

~In The Book



Describing this read is simple- AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found every aspect of it to be so good. I couldn’t put it down.”

~AndreaAH


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Slave is the first book in Sherri’s Finding Anna Series. A 4 book serial series that follows Brianna and Stephan through their journey.


“I talk to a lot of readers and the one thing they consistently say is that this is unlike anything they’ve ever read before. Some see the cover of Slave and assume it’s a traditional slave/capture story. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Slave, and the rest of Finding Anna, is about a young woman who has to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life after suffering through immense trauma. Finding Anna starts where all the other slave/capture stories end…with the rescue.” ~Sherri Hayes


As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? 

 

Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?
The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.
 
 
 
For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian’s slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she’d escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn’t expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring. There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good.

 

Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna’s father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiraling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian’s clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer? As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on, and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan’s love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they’ve built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known. 


 

 

Brianna is lost for the fourth time in her life. Each time was unexpected, and each changed the course of her future. The first life-altering event occurred when her mother died, and she moved to Minnesota to live with her father.

 

The second was when she was kidnapped at the age of seventeen and forced to be a slave. She would never forget those ten months. Brianna thought her life was over.

 

Everything changed again the day Stephan steamrolled into her life and brought her home to live with him. She had no idea what to expect—what life with her new Master would hold. That first month with Stephan was, in some ways, more confusing than the prior ten. As a slave, she’d known her place. With Stephan everything was new and different. He’d given her freedom and so much more.

 

Five months after Stephan rescued her, Brianna once again finds her life flipped upside down.

 

In this fourth, and final, installment of Finding Anna, Brianna must unearth strength she never knew she possessed. Stephan can no longer protect her from the outside world. She must learn to trust herself, embrace who she is, and discover who she wants to be. Only by facing her demons can Brianna find true happiness and peace.

 

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2nd Prize – Sherri Hayes Swag Pack
3rd Prize – Set of Signed Finding Anna Bookmarks