Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kent Ashton's Backstory by Ruth Ann Nordin


Kent is poor and his parents are making him marry for money. They want him to marry Rebecca but he loves Ann. Ann's parents want her to marry Todd, who loves her. Rebecca did something to make Kent think that he needs to marry her. But will he? Can he forget about Ann?

I think was written after a couple of books. I will be reading Ann's story.

From the author:
Everyone has their story…
In Falling In Love With Her Husband, Kent Ashton was the villain…  Or at least that is how Ann Statesman and Todd Brothers saw him.
But was he really?  Why did he really end his courtship with Ann?  Was his scandalous behavior with Rebecca Johnson the reason he became engaged to her?  And what compelled him to go after Ann after she married Todd and moved to North Dakota?
This novella tells why he did what he did.  And it paves the way for the book that will lead to his own happily ever after.
You can get this for free here.


Kindle Edition122 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Wedded Bliss Romances, LLC

Nobody's Lost by Kallypso Masters


Rescue Me #5
Adam's sister, Megan, is staying at their brother Patrick's place in New Mexico. Someone breaks in and steals her laptop but nothing else. Adam calls Ryder Wilson to check things out. Ryder has been suffering from PTSD since he left the Marines. He lives out in the desert where it's quiet and there's not many people. He makes himself go to Megan. He is drawn to her and she to him. She has never really felt this way about a man before. She asks him to kiss her. He does but he is fighting himself because he sees it as a betrayal to Adam. Will Megan get her man?

I liked this story.  Megan is a great character. Ryder needed a woman so much and she knew what to do to care for him.

From the author:
A standalone novel about two characters with very minor mentions in the earlier books. Ryder Wilson returned from serving multiple deployments but can't leave the hell of combat behind him. Frustrated and ashamed of his inability to function in the world as well as the veterans he served with, he retreated, choosing to engage only with those he trusted. When retired Master Sergeant Adam Montague sends him on a mission to protect his sister from some unknown danger, Ryder's days of hiding out may be over. Can he fulfill his mission without failing again? Megan Gallagher has two big-brother Marines bent on protecting her from the evils of the world, but she's tougher than they think. When her older brother sends Ryder, one of his recon Marines, to her doorstep in the wee hours one night following a break-in, she realizes he needs rescuing more than she does. A friendship forms quickly, but unexpected passions run hot and complicate her resolve never to have a romantic relationship, much less marriage. So why are her body and her heart betraying her every time he comes near? Can these two wounded people lower their defenses long enough to allow love to grow?

EXCERPT: 
Prologue
Fallujah, Iraq, 15 November 2004
Ryder Wilson enjoyed talking with Lance Corporal Grant. She was young, but sure as hell knew her shit when it came to advanced satellite communications.
His recon Marine unit had been on this rooftop in Fallujah for hours, waiting for something to break and to go after the insurgents who had terrorized this part of the city for the last few days.
Too damned quiet. Sergeant Miller suggested they eat in shifts while they could. He was informing Damián Orlando of the SITREP while Ryder spent time getting to know the Marine newly attached to their unit.
Didn’t usually find women Marines assigned to combat units, although the cease-fire they were under meant they probably wouldn’t have any direct engagement. He hoped not anyway.
“So where are you from?” Grant asked.
“Born and raised in New Mexico. Albuquerque. How about you?”
“Army brat. I’ve lived all over and then some.”
“That why you enlisted?”
Silence dragged out before she responded. “I guess so. Pissed my dad off that I didn’t choose the Army, but I had something to prove to myself. I just hope I’m still in when women Marines are allowed to serve in combat.”
“Not so sure that’s a good idea.”
She sat up straighter and glared at him. “Why not? I can perform just as—”
“Grenade!”
Orlando’s voice jarred them from the conversation. He and Sergeant Miller were hurtling across the rooftop in their direction when the sound of an explosion threw Ryder against the wall he’d been leaning on. His ears rang from the blast. They were under fire.
Momentarily dazed, Ryder tried to remember what he had been doing, but his focus shifted to protecting Lance Corporal Grant. She was his responsibility and shouldn’t be in the middle of this shit.
“Get behind me,” he said picking up his rifle.

Read more here.

Kindle Edition211 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Kallypso Masters, LLC

Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon

Tourist Trap Mystery #1

I love the cover of this book! Jill is the owner of a coffee/book shop. Her friend, Miss Emily, is found dead. Jill is suspicious because the town wants to condemn her property. Jill has a thing for Detective King. Maybe she will get him to like her.
She is getting help to plan the funeral. Miss Emily had already made arrangements and left Jill a note pinned to a dress. Then she gets a call from Det. King. Miss Emily may have been murdered after all!
Miss Emily wanted her will read before the funeral and she left everything to Jill. Miss Emily's nephew and his wife are very upset.
The town wants the property. A developer is coming after it. Amy warned Jill that something is up and then she suddenly takes a few days off. Jill starts fixing p the property and gets a threatening phone call. Det. King is always around. What is going on? Where is Amy?

From the author:
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .


Read an excerpt here.

Kindle Edition 220 pages
Published by eKensington (first published January 1st 2014)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WINTER SEASONAL CHALLENGE - HIBERNATION

WINTER SEASONAL CHALLENGE - HIBERNATION
Timeframe: 12/20/14 to 3/19/15
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Thanks to Barb for creating this challenge!

Many of us wish we were animals who could hibernate until spring arrives rather than dealing with winter’s cold weather, snow and all that goes with it. Instead of hibernating, though, how about joining us in a reading challenge based on hibernation? 


CHALLENGE RULES: 
♦ If you want to participate in a challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not simply skim through it.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover. If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: 
Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.


CHALLENGE TASKS: 

**There are 30 tasks listed here; you must choose and complete at least 20 of them in order to complete the challenge.** 

1. Different animal species hibernate at different times, and each species has a different way of knowing when the time is right. Hibernation is most closely regulated by temperature. When it gets cold outside, animals get ready to hibernate. When it warms up, they wake up. Therefore, hibernation periods can vary depending on the weather that year. An Indian summer and an early thaw could result in a very short hibernation.
❄ If you live somewhere that typically has long winters, read a book with a nighttime or a winter scene on the cover. If your winters are usually short, read a book with a daytime or summer scene on the cover; post the cover.

2. To prepare for hibernation, many animals eat to gain weight in the summer and fall. 
❄ Read a book over 400 pages long; tell us how many pages.

3. Body fat, stored during the summer, is slowly consumed as the animal sleeps. The animal loses as much as 40 per cent of its body weight before spring when it rouses from hibernation. During its arousal (which can occur even when the outside temperature is relatively cool), body heat is generated by shivering and by the breakdown of carbohydrates stored in the body.
❄ Read a book that makes you shiver OR a book with an overweight character. 

4. There are two types of fat – regular white fat and brown fat. The brown fat forms patches near the animal’s brain, heart and lungs. It sends a quick burst of energy to warm these organs first when it is time to wake up.
❄ Read a book you would describe as intelligent (brain), emotional (heart) or necessary (lungs).

5. During the fall, hibernating animals prepare nests for their winter sleep. Some store extra food in their nests.
❄ Read a book in which a main character makes a living in some sort of food-related business OR a book with some kind of food in the title or on the cover; post the cover. 

6. Hibernation occurs when an animal becomes inactive or "sleeps," during the short, cold days of winter.
❄ Read a short book, 150-200 pages; tell us how many pages.

7. Hibernating and dormant mammals include bears, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, skunks, opossums, dormice, and bats.
❄ Read a book with a mammal of some kind on the cover; post the cover.

8. A hibernating animal has internal controls that prevent its body temperature from falling too low. The animal will wake up if its temperature is too near the freezing point.
❄ Read a book by an author whose books you haven't read for at least a year.

9. Some hibernating animals will wake up for short spurts during the winter months to eat and relieve themselves. Other animals sleep through the entire winter without doing either.
❄ Read a book set during the winter months (November, December or January).

10. During hibernation, the heart rate for many animals slows to less than 10 beats per minute. Breathing also slows.
❄ Read a series book lower than #10; tell us where it falls in the series.

11. Every living animal on Earth is burning energy all the time. Physical activities like walking and breathing burn energy. Pumping blood and digesting food burns energy. Even thinking burns energy. For warm-blooded animals, a lot of energy is burned just keeping our body temperature where we need it. Even when we're sleeping, we're burning energy.
❄ Read a book that gets your blood pumping OR a book in which a character works out regularly.

12. Whether an animal hibernates or migrates to a warmer area is generally a quirk of evolution. Smaller animals tend to be more likely to hibernate because migration would require an enormous amount of energy relative to their body size. Larger animals are less apt to hibernate because of the additional energy required to warm up a large body.
❄ Read a book in which a character travels to a different location for a period of at least three months.

13. Toads, lizards, snakes, snails, shrimp, and even some insects hibernate or are dormant during the winter. Because cold-blooded animals do not generate their own body heat, their arousal can occur only when the outside temperature is relatively high.
❄ Read a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in REPTILES.

14. Some of the hibernating animals include fish, frogs and turtles, which have no way to keep warm during winter. They shelter under logs, rocks and fallen leaves in the water. When the weather gets cold, they move down to the bottom of lakes and ponds and some even burrow into the mud.
❄ Read a book with a lake or pond on the cover (no oceans, rivers, seas).

15. A black bear can gain up to 30 pounds a week during its pre-hibernation eating binge.
❄ Read book #30 on your TBR list, sorted in whatever way you choose.

16. Some female bears have babies during hibernation.
❄ Read a book with a character who is a mother.

17. European hedgehogs are deep winter sleepers and usually go through the entire winter without waking. By all outward appearances you would think a hibernating hedgie was dead — their feet, ears, and skin are all cold to the touch and their breathing is almost undetectable. Normally, a hedgehog’s heart races at a frantic 190 beats per minute, but during hibernation it slows to about 20 beats per minute. When outdoor winter temperatures fluctuate, a hedgehog’s heart will just beat a little faster to generate more internal heat or slow down to save energy. Outwardly, the hedgehog will feel cold, but inside its heart is toasty warm.
❄ Read a book in which someone who was thought to be dead turns out to be alive OR a book set in Europe; tell us where.

18. Sleep, by contrast, is a mostly mental change. There are physiological aspects of sleep that are similar to hibernation, such as a reduced heart and breathing rate and lowered body temperature, but these changes are very slight compared to hibernation. Sleep is also pretty easy to break out of – if you're awakened from even your deepest sleep, you can be fully awake within several minutes. Sleep is primarily characterized by changes in brain activity. In fact, the brain waves of hibernating animals closely resemble their wakeful brain wave patterns, though they're somewhat suppressed. When an animal awakes from hibernation, it exhibits many signs of sleep deprivation and needs to sleep a lot over the next few days to recover.
❄ Read a book in which a character has trouble sleeping.

19. Hibernation in reptiles is sometimes called brumation. It differs from mammalian hibernation because reptiles are cold-blooded -- they can't control their own body temperature, so they need to spend the winter in a place that will stay warm enough.
❄ Read a book in which the first letter of every word in the title (ALL WORDS COUNT!) can be found in BRUMATION.

20. Estivation is the seasonal opposite of hibernation. It takes place in summer, when heat and drought threaten the lives of animals. Certain tropical fish and many reptiles and amphibians estivate. Some animals, such as ground squirrels, both hibernate and estivate.
❄ Read a book set during the summer months (June, July or August). 

The following come from a list of the Top Ten Coolest Hibernating Animals.
21. ALPINE MARMOT: Marmots hibernate for up to eight months! They spend the four months they are awake having babies and preparing for the next hibernation. During hibernation they take only 2-3 breaths a minute and their heartbeat slows down from their normal 120 beats to 3-4 beats a minute!
❄ Read a book with an 8 in its original year of publication; tell us the year of publication.

22. COMMON POORWILL: There is only one known bird species that hibernates – the Common Poorwill. This little brown speckled bird finds a sheltered area under shallow rocks or rotten logs and hunkers down for up to five months. It can stay solidly asleep for up to 100 days, but once it awakens it needs about seven hours to regain its normal body temperature.
❄ Read a book with a bird in the title or on the cover; post the cover.

23. BEARS: Only four species of bear are hibernators – American Black Bear, Asiatic Black bear, Brown bear and Polar bear – and they do not hibernate as deeply as other animals, as their temperature only drops a little and they can fully wake up very quickly. Furthermore, mother bears actually work hard during hibernation as this is when she gives birth to her cubs and raises them for the first few months of their lives. During hibernation a Black bear’s heart can drop from 40-50 to 8 beats per minute and they can last as long as 100 days without eating or drinking!
❄ Read a book with a cover that is predominantly black, brown or white; post the cover.

24. BAT: When bats are left alone, they can be some of the longest hibernators. In the wild, big brown bats have spent 64-66 days in hibernation while in captivity one lasted an incredible 344 days! These little guys don’t have to eat but they do wake up to drink. Their heart rate drops from 1000 beats per minute to only 25 and some bats only take a breath every 2 hours.
❄ Read a book with a "25" or “64” in its total number of pages; must be together and in order; tell us how many pages.

25. FAT-TAILED DWARF LEMURS: Fat-Tailed Dwarf Lemurs live in Madagascar where temperatures in June and July usually stay about 30°C. That might seem pretty warm to you, but this is actually the coldest time of the year for these lemurs. During this cold spell the lemurs pick a tree and settle there for about seven months until the rains return in November and food is available again. During their hibernation, they live off the fat in their tail (hence fat-tailed) losing close to 50% of their body weight!
❄ Read a book set in a location that begins with a letter in LEMUR; tell us the location.

26. BOX TURTLE: Hibernating box turtles are found in well hidden spots around southern North America (USA and Mexico). The length of their winter sleep depends on the location and turtle subspecies: some can last as short as 77 days or as long as 154 days. Their heart beat drops to just one every 5-10 minutes and they don’t have to breathe in air at all (although they do take in oxygen through their skin). They are still very sensitive to the changing environment around them, if they wake up too early they will likely not survive.
❄ Read a book that has been "hidden" on your TBR list for over 18 months; tell us when you added it.

27. BUMBLEBEE: When the temperature drops, males and worker bees die off but the queen survives by hibernating. She hibernates in a hole in the soil, in rotten tree stumps or under leaf litter. She will emerge 6-8 months later, warm up and then find a nice spot to build a nest and create a whole new team of bees.
❄ Read a book with a striped object of some kind on its cover; must be visible in the Goodreads thumbnail; post the cover.

28. GARTER SNAKE: Unlike the bumblebee queen, who hibernates alone, garter snakes hibernate in groups. In Canada, where winters are exceptionally cold, there can be hundreds and sometime thousands of snakes grouped together for warmth. When spring arrives and the snow melts, all the snakes leave the hibernating den together, each seeking their own rock to finally bask in the sun’s returned warmth and glory. (Can you imagine seeing thousands of snakes all in one place?!?)
❄ Read a book set in Canada, with a Canadian character or by a Canadian author.

29. HEDGEHOG: Hedgehogs are some of the deepest hibernators around. Some can sleep through the whole winter! Their body temperature drops and they breathe so little that it can hardly be seen. They have special cells that release heat 20 times faster than white cells. If temperatures drop too low, their heart beat picks up to produce more heat, which wakes them up briefly before they fall asleep again.
❄ Read a book that starts out slow but picks up by the end of the book.

30. SNAIL: Snails are built for self-contained hibernating. They burrow underground and withdraw into their shell. But before falling into a deep winter sleep, they seal their door with a chalky, slimy excretion that hardens and locks in essential moisture. A small air hole allows oxygen to enter but still keeps predators out. In this hibernation mode, they use almost no energy and require no food to live. Some snails use this same technique to survive extended drought periods. In some areas where there is little rain, snails can hibernate for years!
❄ Read a book with a character who is a recluse OR a book that requires very little energy to read (an “easy” read for you).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Melissa is hosting this challenge again for 2015.


Welcome to the 4th Annual Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 2012, 2013, & 2014  
Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenges!
I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Welcome to the 2015 Challenge!!
  • Low commitment…you can sign up to read just ONE book as an INITIATE!!!
  • Participants who choose to link up reviews will be entered for the end of year prize!!
Challenge Rules:
  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015. I will be posting a place to link up a sign-up post (below), reviews and a wrap-up post. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)
  • Grab the reading challenge button (code & button below) and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate- you could track your progress and post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.
  • Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  • When you sign up in the linky put the direct link to your post about joining the 2015 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge, not just a link to your blog.
  • You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  • Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2015, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • Have some Witchy Good Fun !!!
  • The Levels:

    Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
    Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
    Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
    Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books

    The Prize:

    Witchy book of choice up to $10 from The Book Depository!
    Participants who have officially signed up by linking up a sign-up post declaring their level will be given one entry for every review they link up. The more reviews you write and link up, the more entries in the contest! Link up your reviews on that month’s Review Link Up Post. Winner will be chosen on Jan 11th 2015 to give everyone a chance to link up their end of year reviews. All Review Link Up Posts can be accessed from my menu bar under my header!
    I am going to start with Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books:
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Monday, December 15, 2014

To Dwell In Darkness by Deborah Crombie


Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #16

This book starts a couple of month after The Sound of Broken Glass. Melody goes to Adam and Poppy's concert and a person has been set on fire. She calls in police. Tam was injured.  Duncan is assigned to this case. Kit and Toby found a mother cat and her kittens locked in a garden shed behind the house. Toby wants the cat family. 
A white phosphorus grenade is what set the person on fire. But why and who is it? Two men are missing since the incident. Duncan is on the case. He has Doug and Melody helping him on the sly.
This mystery is getting really good! It ended with a mystery.....
Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb. As Kincaid begins to gather the facts, he finds every piece of the puzzle yields an unexpected pattern, including the disappearance of a mysterious bystander.
The bombing isn't the only mystery troubling Kincaid. He's still questioning the reasons behind his transfer, and those suspicions deepen. With the help of his former sergeant, Doug Cullen, Melody Talbot, and Gemma, Kincaid begins to untangle the truth. But what he discovers will leave him questioning his belief in the job that has shaped his life and his values—and remind him just how vulnerable his precious family is.

Read a sample here.


Pages: 324
Published: 2014

Somebody's Angel by Kallypso Masters

Rescue Me #4
Marc cannot fully trust Angelina. He doesn't know why. He doesn't really trust anyone. She cannot take it and breaks up with him. It might have something to do with finding out he is adopted. He just doesn't know and it is wearing on him. He loves Angie and knows that she is the one. He goes to Adam with his problem and Adam agrees to get to the bottom of it in an interrogation scene. Will it bring Marc back to Angelina? Will he finally know who he is?


From the author:
When Marc d’Alessio first rescued the curvaceous and spirited Italian Angelina Giardano at the Masters at Arms Club, he never expected her to turn his safe, controlled life upside down and pull at his long-broken heartstrings. Months later, the intense fire of their attraction still rages, but something holds him back from committing to her completely. Worse, secrets and memories from his past join forces to further complicate his relationships with family, friends, and his beautiful angel. Angelina cannot give all of herself to someone who hides himself from her. She loves Marc, the BDSM world he brought her into, and the way their bodies respond to one another, but she needs more. Though she destroyed the wolf mask he once wore, only he can remove the mask he dons daily to hide his emotions. In a desperate attempt to break through his defenses and reclaim her connection to the man she loves, she attempts a full frontal assault that sends him into a fast retreat, leaving her nobody’s angel once again. Marc finds that running to the mountains no longer gives him solace but instead leaves him empty and alone. Angelina is the one woman worth the risk of opening his heart. Will he risk everything to become the man she deserves and the man he wants to be?

Excerpt:
"Marco! Marco D'Alessio!"
In the lobby of the condo building that adjoined the resort, Angelina turned. A curvaceous Italian approached, long black hair fluttering loose over her shoulders, her enormous boobs arriving a half-second before the rest of her. Something in the way she devoured Marc with her eyes raised Angelina’s hackles. The woman was drop-dead gorgeous, but her eyes were empty, cold, and calculating when she cast a disdainful glance Angelina's way.
Marc tensed as well, causing Angelina to shift her focus to him. His nostrils flared as he narrowed his gaze. Angelina curled her fingers around Marc's elbow before realizing she was being territorial. Not to mention more than a bit insecure.
Oh, as if that's something new.
Angelina glanced back at the woman and caught another cold glare aimed at her.
Bitch.
The word popped into Angelina's head, surprisingly accurate.
"Melissa. How are you?" Marc's cold response and stiffened body told Angelina all she needed to know. He didn't like her, whatever their history might have been. The perfect globes protruding from the woman's chest had to be silicone.
Okay, now who’s being the bitch?
Angelina plastered a smile on her face and squeezed Marc's elbow. As if suddenly remembering her presence, he stared down at her but didn't smile as he made the introductions.
"Angelina Giardano, meet Melissa Russo. She was Gino's fiancée."
Gino's? With the emotion sizzling between these two, something more than an engagement to his dead brother lingered between them. But did she really want to know about the women in Marc’s past?
Yes.
No! As long as they remained old flames and in the past tense, she didn’t need to know.
When the woman tried to kiss Marc, he turned his face away, and her red-slathered lips branded his cheek. Angelina released his arm and started to pull away—whether to put distance between them or deck this bitch trying to make a move on Marc, she didn’t know. But Marc wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her closer.
Mine.
Angelina relaxed.
"If you'll excuse us, Melissa, we have dinner plans."
Ignoring Marc, Melissa glared at Angelina again before adding, "Mama asked me to join the family for dinner tonight to welcome you home."
Marc's arm jerked reflexively against her back before he relaxed it again. Angelina wished the floor would just open up now and swallow her whole if she was going to have to sit through this meet-the-parents meal from hell with not only Marc's intimidating family but a woman who might be an old flame, too.
Read more here.

Kindle EditionACE593 pages
Published December 22nd 2013 by Kallypso Masters LLC (first published December 20th 2013)