Dark. Dangerous. Messed up. Yeah, I may be all of those things, but with her I’m not. She taught me how to love, how to be a one woman man. Except now my woman wants to leave me, ‘cause I can’t promise her forever. I know I’d never want anyone else but she wants the ring to prove it. Not to mention the baby. But if she knew about my past she’d run far and fast. Then I’d have no choice but to chase her, ‘cause I can’t let her get away.
I hate him. I love him. I want him. I need him. I hate myself for being weak and caving every time he touches me. But I can’t help myself. He’s just that good. I can’t get over him if I’m always under him, but he’s not letting me go without a fight and you’d have to have an iron will to resist this man.
The Exes are Hotline novellas, a ‘line’ that promises a HEA and NO Cheating with a few caveats: short standalone page turners with dirty words, naughty scenes, and possessive Alpha heroes told from the first person POV. If you like it hot, this is the series for you.
Jace and Cory are Exes who recently broke up due to the fact Cory wants to get married and have babies and Jace doesn’t. Cory breaks up with because her biological clock is ticking and wants to a baby. They co-own a bar together so they have to work together and see each other constantly. So after three months things get out of control and they have spend the night together (a very hot night). Jace loves Cory and doesn’t want to let her go but doesn’t want marriage and a family either. Can these Exes ever come to a compromise? This is a great read and Cheryl Douglas is a wonderful author (having read a lot of her series). You don’t want to miss this new hot series!!!
Darius Starkis isn’t looking for love, but when he meets sexy comedienne Chelsea King he believes he may have found it. He knows she hasn’t had it easy. A tough upbringing followed by a tragedy that would break most women has left her emotionally scarred. Determined to do whatever it takes to win her over, Darius knows he’s in for the fight of his life.
Chelsea is no stranger to heartbreak. Repeated abandonment is reason enough for any woman to swear off relationships, but when she meets a gorgeous billionaire determined to prove he would never leave her, can she take a chance on finding love with a long shot?
Darius is super hot, super rich and chasing Chelsea. Chelsea doesn’t want to trust or rely on anyone so she doesn’t get hurt anymore. Darius plans on changing that. I loved these characters and the way the story played out was the perfect ending. Now I need Catia’s story fast!!! I’m so loving the Starkis family series!
Kara Starkis is no stranger to stupid mistakes. At twenty-one she walked away from her fiancée days before their wedding and has regretted it every day since. A weekend of fun in the sun with Dustin leaves her with more questions than answers. But she needs to know… can he ever trust her again?
Dustin Matthews tried to forget Kara. He’s even tried hating her. But seeing her again reminds him how much he loved her. He never planned to let her back in his life, but now that he has, he’s not sure if he can move on without her.
But when Kara drops a bombshell that could change everything, can Dustin figure out how to forgive or will he choose to forget her?
Kara broke Dustin’s heart days before their wedding eight years due to big misunderstanding. This is a great second chance love story as they meet years later. Will they be able to make it work a second time? This is part of the Starkis family series but can be read as a standalone. Cheryl Douglas is a wonderful author and story teller. I have read almost all of her books and loved them all.
When Deacon Starkis sets his sights on the gorgeous young model gracing the pages of his glossy catalogue, he knows he has to have her. One problem. She’s not available. But that won’t stop Deacon. He’s a man used to getting what he wants and he wants Mia.
Mia is stunned when she receives an email from the elusive billionaire who owns the lingerie company she models for. He tells her he’s intrigued. He’s not the only one. But she knows she’d be a fool to throw away an eight year relationship for a brief affair with the head honcho. He doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do casual sex. It seems they’re at an impasse.
Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission?
Note to readers: No cliff-hangers! Mature content, 18+
I barged into Deacon’s office at eight o’clock that evening. Since his silver Lamborghini was one of the few cars left in the parking lot, I wasn’t too concerned about interrupting a meeting.
He looked up from his computer when I stormed in, and a smile quickly replaced his scowl.
“They let you in without clearance?”
I plopped down in the seat across from him, trying not to notice how tempting he lookedwith his sleeves rolled up and no tie on.
“The receptionist who usually guards your castle left for the day, and the security guard at the front desk has a crush on me, so he didn’t ask any questions.”
He frowned. “Which security guard is that?”
I spotted a stress ball on the corner of his desk. I doubted he used it; it looked like a promo item Alabaster’s gave away. I whipped it at his chest.
“You’re not serious.”
He laughed, catching the ball before it hit him. “You have a pretty good arm.”
“Shut up, Deacon!”
The nagging voice in the back of my head reminded me I was talking to my boss, but I told her to mind her own goddamn business and go back to sleep.
“I’m pissed at you.”
He leaned back, kicking his feet up on the desk as he tossed the ball from one hand to the other and squeezed it.
“You told Eleni about us.”
“So you had no right to do that!”
He seemed totally unfazed by my anger, which only incensed me further.
“She’s my friend. I should have been the one to tell her, when—or if—I decided there was anything worth telling her.”
That got his attention. When he pinned me with that hot gaze, I feared he would demand I bend over the desk and take my punishment like a brave girl.
“I asked you not to tell anyone, including Eleni. You didn’t, and I appreciate that. Now that you’re single, I’ve decided it’s time your best friend know about our… relationship.”
The way he said relationship made me feel as though he had been seeking a different wordbut come up short. Arrangement, perhaps? Was that what this was to him?
Not willing to let him have the last word, I said, “We’re not in a relationship. We’re still getting to know each other. If I like what I see, I might agree to date you, though not exclusively.
I’ve been tied down too long to get serious again so soon.” I swallowed, averting my eyes when the thin skin across his knuckles turned white from the pressure he was inflicting on the ball.
“Let me get this straight. You might agree to date me—though not exclusively?”
I was almost afraid to push him further, but if I backed down, that would set a precedent for all future arguments.
“That’s right. If you have a problem with that, we can part ways now and—”
He planted his feet on the floor and made his way around the desk slowly, like a panther preparing to devour its prey. He gripped the armrests of my chair, his face a fraction of an inch from mine. I held my breath—waiting, praying, and trying to predict what he might do next.
Pushing him had been a very bad idea.
“You really think that’s an option?” he whispered.
This book has some wonderful characters and the author has brought them to life. Deacon is every girl’s prince charming, a good looking sexy Greek billionaire! Mia is beautiful lingerie model who works for Deacon’s company. He is obsessed with her but she has a boyfriend. Deacon has secrets which come out as as you read the book which show he is not perfect, nobody is. I loved his brother Damon and Mia’s friend Elina and can’t wait to read their story. I hope the next book continues Deacon and Mia’s story too as I want MORE! Cheryl Douglas has the start of another great series!
Damon – Book 2
Eleni Litras recognized a kindred spirit when she saw one. Damon loved to have a good time, was allergic to commitment, and was honest to a fault. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, even if it meant raising a few eyebrows. She loved that about him. In fact, she feared she may be falling in love with him. But her tragic upbringing taught her trust was a filthy four letter word.
Damon Starkis partied like a rock star most of his life, with little regard for consequences. That was one of the many advantages of being born to a billionaire. But when he got news that rocked his world, he had a choice… grow up or risk losing out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Change didn’t come easily, but he was proud of his new life and the man he’d become, except for one little problem. The secrets and lies were piling up and if Eleni found out, she’d never forgive him.
When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back!
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber.
It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’
I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.
When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.
This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Julia will be awarding one complete set of signed Impossible Series paperbacks (US/Canada only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Comment here: http://www.harpsromancebookreview.com/?p=1250
I’m not a damsel in distress. Well, if I’m being honest, I’m a kick-ass FBI agent in distress.
My sexy new partner Reed Miller is determined to protect me, and he insists on staying close. Too
close. His allure frightens me almost as much as the sadistic man who is stalking me.
I’m hunting down the most heinous criminal I’ve ever encountered. The man known to us only as The
Mentor abducts and tortures women. And now he’s set his sights on me…
Note: Master is the sixth book in the Impossible series, but it can be read as a standalone.
About the Author:
Julia Sykes 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 North 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
I wanted to do an author spotlight today for Cheryl Douglas who is one of my favorite authors! Her latest book, FIRST DOWN(Texas Titans Book 3) came out this week. See http://www.harpsromancebookreview.com/?p=928 for my review.
Teaser:“I don’t mind you cheating with me,” he said, tucking a lock of hair behind her ear. “Just don’t ever think about cheating on me.” – Grayson Barrett
High Rollers operations director, Grayson Barrett, is loving life. He travels around the country, working hard, partying harder, and engaging in no-strings attached fun whenever the urge strikes. But when he returns to his home base in Texas to find that his business partner has hired a new accounting manager, he’s not amused. She’s gorgeous, intelligent, and clearly not interested in him.
After a bitter divorce, Alana Holmes moves to Austin to start over. Her previous position, working for her husband’s company, was a nightmare. She was living under his powerful thumb, forced to follow his rules, at home and at work. Not that she’s finally broken free of him; she’s determined to make it on her own. She has a new home, new job and new opportunities. The only complication is Grayson, who bears a striking resemblance to her ex, in more ways than one. Purchase Here: First Down (Texas Titans #3)
Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionist, but her love of books started at an early age. She studied writing for many years before she decided to pursue her passion as a full-time career. After receiving constructive criticism from several well-known authors, Cheryl finally had the confidence to write her first romance novel.
The first book in the Nashville Nights series, Shameless, was a book that had been dwelling in Cheryl’s subconscious for years. For her, the surprise came when the manuscript began taking on a life of it’s own. Characters came to life, secondary characters became more prominent, outlines were forgotten, and a single title evolved into an eight book series, and another eight book spin-off series entitled Nashville Nights, Next Generation.
One word would aptly describe Cheryl: workaholic. She lives and breathes her writing, when she’s sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading… it’s always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she’s planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming.
Cheryl feels blessed to be able to get up every day and do something she loves. The thousands of fans who have embraced the Nashville Nights series have made that possible. She writes for the readers who ask for more, she writes to satisfy the muse residing inside of her, but most of all, she writes because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. It took her thirty-seven years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she knows, she’s convinced she’s found her purpose.
Forbidden is another great book in the Music Moguls series by Cheryl Douglas. I received it as an ARC for an honest review and I can honestly say I loved it! 5***** I have read all of Cheryl’s books in her Nashville Night , NN Next Generation, and the Texas Titans series and as usual she delivers a good story, passion, and brings back old friends so you know how they are doing also. This book was Lee Elliot and Indie’s story. Lee is Drake’s brother from book 1 (Stone Cold) and Indie is Drake’s assistant. Lee has had a very hard life with drug addiction and just had a recent divorce (book 2, Envious was his wife Katie’s story with his best friend Chris, don’t worry they didn’t cheat on him). I love how the story lines all run into one another as the characters in Cheryl’s books start to become family. You can also read them as stand alone books but they are a series.
Lee Elliot is working to hard to rebuild his relationship with his brother, Drake, and to prove to him that he’s a changed man after a series of bad choices created a rift in their relationship. When Drakes agrees to give him a chance, Lee vows he won’t do anything to screw it up. There are four simple rules: no drinking, no drugs, no stealing, and no messing around with Drake’s employees. Lee can handle the first three but Drakes’ personal assistant, Indie, is making it nearly impossible to obey his brother’s fourth commandment.
Indie Eaton has been working for Drake long enough to know his brother is a train-wreck, and when Drake tells her Lee is coming to work for him, she has no problem obeying his command to steer clear. Given her history with men, the last thing she needs to date is another loser.
But when Lee reports for duty looking and acting nothing like the man she remembers she begins to wonder if he’s really changed…or is she just seeing what she wants to see?