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Release Day: Rough Rhythm by Tessa Bailey


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God help the woman I take home tonight.

Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.

This time I’ll finally crack him.

Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.

Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.

Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.

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This time she would finally crack him.

Ignoring stares from her cellmates, Lita jogged in place, preparing for the confrontation with James, her band manager. This was her ritual before shows, too. It loosened the limbs, shook out the demons. She took her role as drummer for Old News seriously, same way she considered riling up James a form of art. For four freaking years, they’d been repeating this song and dance—and Lita was over it. Today was the day James lost his cool. The way he’d lost it the night they met.

Remembering the state she’d been in when James found her, Lita jogged a little faster. At twenty-three, she wasn’t that scrawny, starving girl now. Not in most ways, anyway. The memory of what took place that night still had the ability to steal her breath, make her restless. But unlike the girl she’d been at nineteen, Lita didn’t wait for fate to wave its magical hand. No. She grabbed fate’s wrist and shook, shook, until the pieces fell into an acceptable pattern. That modus operandi is what had landed her inside a musky, Wilshire division holding cell of LA County’s jail system.

Lita didn’t have a head for numbers, but was pretty damn sure today would mark the twenty-first time James had bailed her out of a jail-type situation. Looking after the interests of Old News’s members was his job. Their relationship, however, fell outside the parameters of a typical musician-manager arrangement. Not that he would ever admit it. No, James simply continued to show up when Lita got into trouble, lecturing her about proper behavior on the way to dropping her off. And leaving. He left every time, that distinguished jaw of his firmly set, sunglasses hiding the guilt she knew lurked in his eyes four years later.

Not this time. Last night, Lita had gone above and beyond to ensure this morning wrought one of two outcomes: James quitting, giving up on her like everyone else did eventually, or his control finally slipped. One way or another, she wouldn’t be in limbo come tonight. She’d been there too long.

Lita stopped jogging when she heard the jingling of the guard’s keys. James was right on time, as usual. Her cellmates craned their necks, some coming to their feet in the hopes they were being released. Lita stowed a pang of sympathy and whipped her hair into a quick ponytail. The guard cast a tired-eyed glance in her direction and unlocked the door. “Lita Regina, your bail has been posted.”


10929005_328734870648822_8403984229136741124_nTessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

Publishing Credits

Baiting the Maid of Honor, Entangled Brazen, June 2014

Unfixable (New Adult), Entangled Embrace, April 2014

Protecting What’s Theirs (novella), Entangled Brazen, March 2014

Staking His Claim, Entangled Brazen, February 2014

Asking For Trouble, Entangled Brazen, November 2013

Officer Off Limits, Entangled Brazen, June 2013

His Risk to Take, Entangled Brazen, May 2013

Protecting What’s His, Entangled Brazen, February 2013

Owned by Fate, Entangled Brazen, September 2014

Exposed by Fate, Entangled Brazen, October 2014

Riskier Business, Entangled Brazen, December 2014

Risking It All (Crossing the Line 1), Entangled Select, January 2015

Driven by Fate, Entangled Brazen, February 2015

Chase Me (Broke & Beautiful 1), Avon Impulse, March 2015

Need Me (Broke & Beautiful 2), Avon Impulse, April 2015

Off Base (novella) self-published, May 2015

Up in Smoke (Crossing the Line 2), Entangled Select, June 2015

Make Me (Broke & Beautiful 3), Avon Impulse, August 2015

Crashed Out (Made in Jersey 1), Entangled Brazen, December 2015

Boiling Point (Crossing the Line 3), Entangled Select, January 2016

Rough Rhythm, 1001 Dark Nights Project, March 2016

Thrown Down (Made in Jersey 2), Entangled Brazen, April 2016

Raw Redemption (Crossing the Line 4), Entangled Select, June 2016

Worked Up (Made in Jersey 3), Entangled Brazen, August 2016

Wound Tight (Made in Jersey 4), Entangled Brazen, December 2016




ARC Review: Trouble Maker by Liliana Hart


Trouble Maker

Liliana Hart

The MacKenzie Family #11.5
Kindle Edition
Published February 16th 2016 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

Marnie Whitlock has never known what it’s like to be normal. She and her family moved from place to place, hiding from reporters and psychologists, all because of her gift. A curse was more like it. Seeing a victim, feeling his pain as the last of his life ebbed away, and being helpless to save him. It was torture. And then one day it disappeared and she was free. Until those who hunted her for her gift tried to kill her. And then the gift came back with a vengeance.

Beckett Hamilton leads a simple life. His ranch is profitable and a legacy he’ll be proud to pass onto his children one day, work fills his time from sunup to sundown, and his romances are short and sweet. He wouldn’t have it any other way. And then he runs into quiet and reserved Marnie Whitlock just after she moves to town. She intrigues him like no woman ever has. And she’s hiding something. His hope is that she begins to trust him before it’s too late.

 4.5 Stars

Oh my goodness, holy hot cowboy!
Marnie has seen and experienced enough hurt to last many lifetimes. Yet she finds courage within herself to continue on. A special gift give Marnie an extra insight to thing around her. A bless and a curse both in her eyes. Trust misplaced has Marnie starting over in her hometown.  Holding her head high, proud of watch she can do, Marnie takes on her life with all she has. An extraordinary character.
Beckett made me fall for a cowboy. A man who’s proud of who he is, what he does and the legacy he puts his soul into. A good hearted man, who loyal, trustworthy, and good to his word. Sexy and built, with the patience of a saint. Beckett work his cowboy way into my heart.
Trouble Maker is my first sampling of Liliana Hart’s work and will not be my last.  Heartbreaking and warning all in one. Power packed with emotion and lingering passion that spans over a decade.  A second chance romance that was only ignited before it was torn apart.  A novella that hits you hard in all the right ways.  Hang on for a one emotional and sexy ride.
And complementary copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher for an honest review. Receiving a complimentary copy does not affect the outcome of this review.


ARC Review: Rush by Robin Covington


Robin Covington

A MacKenzie Family Novel

Kindle Edition
Published February 16th 2016 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated




From Liliana Hart’s New York Times bestselling MacKenzie family comes a new story by USA Today bestselling author Robin Covington…

Atticus Rush doesn’t really like people. Years in Special Ops and law enforcement showed him the worst of humanity, making his mountain hideaway the ideal place to live. But when his colleagues at MacKenzie Security need him to save the kidnapped young daughter of a U.S. Senator, he’ll do it, even if it means working with the woman who broke his heart …his ex-wife.

Lady Olivia Rutledge-Cairn likes to steal things. Raised with a silver spoon and the glass slipper she spent years cultivating a cadre of acquaintances in the highest places. She parlayed her natural gift for theft into a career of locating and illegally retrieving hard-to-find items of value for the ridiculously wealthy. Rush was the one man who tempted her to change her ways…until he caught her and threatened to turn her in.

MacKenzie Security has vowed to save the girl. Olivia can find anything or anyone. Rush can get anyone out. As the clock winds down on the girl’s life, can they fight the past, a ruthless madman and their explosive passion to get the job done?





5 Stars



Atticus Rush is a jaded, ex special forces turned mercenary and security contractor.  Hes is a hard, take no prisoners, push you to the edge type of man. All alpha and is able to get what he wants, how he want it. A man not to be messed with. His personal demons weigh heavily on his psyche. His exquisite body, quick tongue and no nonsense ways leave readers in thrall of Atticus.


Olivia -Livvy- Rutledge-Cairn is one kick ass lady.  Born a princess Livvy found within herself a skill set make her a Master Thief. There is nothing this woman can’t track down and fine. She’s as beautiful and sexy as she is cunning and dangerous. This sensual woman can more than handle herself.


Robin Covington’s contribution to the MacKenzie family will have your pulse racing and breathless with desire.  Livvy and Atticus have a history with some up and down and ton of combustible chemistry.  A tortured, broken hero and woman that’s just as strong as he is. Both alphas and commanding in their own right.  And both get to each other like no other.


Rush is a fast paced novella that hit you in all the right spots. Action, suspense, and intense passion. Robin Covington gave readers an intense hit to the romance pallets with Rush!

Review copy was provided by the author/publisher for an honest review. Receiving a complimentary copy of this title does not affect the outcome of the review.




ARC Review: Pure Wicked by Shayla Black

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Shayla Black

Wicked Lovers Series, Book 9.5

1001 Dark Nights Series, Book 24

100 pages, EBOOK

Publish Date: September 8, 2015

Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated


During his decade as an international pop star, Jesse McCall has lived every day in the fast lane. A committed hedonist reveling in amazing highs, globetrotting, and nameless encounters, he refuses to think about his loneliness or empty future. Then tragedy strikes.

Shocked and grieving, he sheds his identity and walks away, searching for peace. Instead, he finds Bristol Reese, a no-nonsense beauty scraping to keep her family’s business afloat while struggling with her own demons. He’s intent on seducing her, but other than a pleasure-filled night, she’s not interested in a player, especially after her boyfriend recently proposed to her sister. In order to claim Bristol, Jesse has to prove he’s not the kind of man he’s always been. But when she learns his identity and his past comes back to haunt him, how will he convince her that he’s a changed man who wants nothing more than to make her his forever?



4.5 Stars

Pure Wicked is a treat for the fans of the Wicked Lovers Series.


Jesse McCall was introduced to readers in Decadent, book two of the Wicked Lovers Series. A Rockstar, bad boy with the reputation to go with. A man who got what he wanted, when he wanted. Fully indulging in his lifestyle, Jessie’s life was on a dangerous path. Fast forward 10 years, tragedy strikes very close to his heart. While cleaning up his own act, his friend and band mate, continued to walk a fine line between life and death, and lost.

In a moment of unexpected chivalry, while laying low, Jesse’s eyes open to what he wants and truly needs in life.  A changed man, Jesse learns what love and real passion truly are.  Like all men of the Wicked Lovers series, they fall hard and fast. The chemistry is intense and off the charts. The passion is wickedly sexy and scorches the pages.  I loved seeing how some time and growing up made a bad boy into a wickedly good man.  Shayla Black knows how to raise the temperature and cause a reader’s heart to race.

An ecopy of this title was provided for an honest review!