**RELEASE BLITZ** ~ Full Color, by Traci Hayden (includes excerpt)

Contemporary Romance

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 Title of book: Full Color

Sequel to Black & White, The Picture Perfect Series
Page #: 161 pages
Official release date: April 26, 2015
Official genre of book: Contemporary Family Romance
Content warning: one scene of violence and a couple adult situations
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Six months after meeting Beth Huntley, William Lorde’s world is full of bright and vibrant colors. The only darkness that exists hangs over Beth. Her refusal to believe that she can walk in the light side by side with William only makes him strive harder to prove otherwise.
 
Beth keeps a deep secret locked away, the very secret that makes her believe that she’s not worthy of a happily ever after. She is convinced creating a life with William will only make him the man he was when they met.
 
Suddenly her past creeps back, threatening any chance she and William might have. Will she finally let down her last wall and allow William in? Will she accept the support and protection of those who love her most? Can she truly have a life full of colors and the joy of a forever?

Or, will her past destroy it all?

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I watched the interaction between them through the camera lens. Beth wrapped her fingers around Angel’s tiny hands, pulling her up onto her feet. Beth took a step backward, lengthening the distance between them. Angel looked down at her feet, almost willing them to move. Her leg came up, moving her foot forward in a jerky motion. Her foot landed on a patch of grass, crushing it beneath her. She looked up at Beth, her eyes wide in amazement. She giggled as Beth stepped backwards again. She looked down and pulled her leg up, then realized she couldn’t move that one forward without losing her balance. She put her foot back down and raised the other leg. A smile spread across her face as she continued this beautiful dance with Beth.
PicMonkey CollageThey made their way slowly back to the blanket. When they were almost within arm’s length of me, Beth twisted around, so she was behind Angel. I stretched out my hands towards Angel, waiting to see if she would make the attempt on her own. So many things happened at once. Beth loosened her grip on Angel, Angel took an unsupported step forward, and Angel spoke her first real word as she reached out for me. “Dada!” Her tiny voice was clear and her tongue and lips formed the word precisely.
 
I was almost numb from the shock. Angel had made so many incoherent sounds over the months, but it had never been like this. She’d recognized me and had come to the realization that the word and I were connected. She repeated the word again and again as she took another unsupported step towards me. Then something grabbed her attention, throwing her concentration off. She lost her balance and grew quiet as she began to fall forward. I reached out, wrapping my hands protectively around her waist, pulling her into my arms.
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Traci Hayden is a mother of four beautiful girls and one adorable granddaughter and a gorgeous baby grandson.
She has always had a passion for reading, but recently the obsession for writing has taken over.
As a Nova Scotian native now living in British Columbia, Traci has travelled across Canada, fuelling her imagination from coast to coast.
Along with two dogs and two cats, Traci’s home is shared with her partner of 17 years. He is her rock and constant support.
Traci loves all genres of writing, but currently is exploring the world of romance.
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**DOUBLE REVIEW** ~ When in Rome (An Unexpected Vacation, book 1 and The Emperor’s Dungeon, book 2), by Jessica Nyman

Erotic Time Slip Fantasy

18+/Adult Read

I could not resist reviewing the first two instalments of When in Rome, an erotic time slip tale, written by Jessica Nyman. Historical erotica and erotic romance are after all amongst my favourite reads and I just love tales of Ancient Romans! I found both instalments to be a fun and erotic take on what happens when a 21st century girl meets one of Rome’s most notorious emperors.

Fellow history geeks take note: On the subject of infamous characters from history, do pop over to the author’s blog where she has a fascinating post about the truth and lies about the Roman emperor featured in this series. I’ve recently been immersing myself in the literature separating truth from fiction in the case of Richard III, and I just love debates such as this . Tina <3

An Unexpected Vacation: A Sizzling Hot Historical Erotic Romance (When In Rome Book 1)

Blurb

Jessica Nyman 1A young and geeky college girl wins a trip to Rome and while visiting the ancient ruins, she gets transported two thousand years back by a mysterious magic artifact. She is immediately seized by the city guards and brought before the most notorious emperor Rome had ever known. She’s in for a big surprise and some hot, steamy, action beyond her wildest dreams.

When In Rome Vol 1: An Unexpected Vacation is the first part of an erotic romance serial short stories exploring the lifestyle of ancient Rome from the eyes of a twenty first century college girl. Approximately 7000 words.

My Review

A Fun Erotic Read ****

In An Unexpected Vacation, the heroine, a college student, wins a weekend in Rome, the eternal city. After purchasing a silver locket from an antique shop she visits the Palatine Hill and finds herself magically transported back 2000 years into Rome’s past… It is there she finds herself at the court of, wait for it, the infamous emperor Caligula, who wields the power of life and death over all his subjects……

Her terror swiftly turns to passion as she becomes seduced by this man whose heart does not appear to be as black as history has painted him. Caligula is keen to instruct this strange barbarian into his ways. What follows is a fun and erotic foray into Ancient Rome and in particular the sexual mores of its young and extremely virile emperor which the heroine is more than happy to participate in – cue a number of sizzling scenes of a carnal nature!

Jessica Nyman packs a lot into this short read and I was eager to find out what happens in the next instalment!

Reviewed by Tina Williams

Please note, I received a copy of this novelette from the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

The Emperor’s Dungeon: A Sizzling Hot Historical Erotic Romance Featuring Hardcore Bondage (When In Rome Book 2)

Blurb

Jessica nyman 2Our heroine meets a mysterious witch who agrees to help her go back to ancient Rome. However the locket’s magic effects last for a limited time and she comes back to the 21st century when it expires. Will she be able to solve the mystery of the locket and stay in ancient Rome for good? Will she break and tell her secret when the emperor ties her up in heavy chains and ‘interrogates’ her in the dungeon?

When In Rome Vol 2: The Emperor’s Dungeon is the second part of an erotic romance serial short stories exploring ancient Rome from the eyes of a twenty first century college girl. Approximately 5000 words.

My Review

Secrets Will Out! ****

The heroine finds herself unexpectedly returned back to her own time by magic she does not fully comprehend. She is desperate to return to her lover Caligula and seeks high and low for an explanation of how to invoke the magical powers of the locket which she knows is responsible for her journey to and from the past. When she does return however it is to a Caligula who is not totally happy with her disappearance and who whisks her away to his dungeon to force her to spill her secrets and satisfy his lust….

Our heroine is desperate to prevent history repeating herself with regards to Caligula’s future yet she also has to wrestle with the thorny issue of ensuring that her very presence in Ancient Rome do not change the future.

As with the first instalment, I hugely enjoyed this read and I am eager to see how this series pans out.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

Please note, I received a copy of this novelette from the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Purchase Links

Book 1 – An Unexpected Vacation

Amazon UK    Amazon US

Book 2  The Emperor’s Dungeon

Amaz0n UK  Amazon US

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**RELEASE DAY BLITZ** ~ Wyatt, by Amy Beth (The Mistaken Series) ~ includes excerpts

Dark Erotica

18+/Adult Read

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Release Day Blitz 

Wyatt by Amy-Beth, A Mistaken Novella 

April 25th

 

After  finding the girl who captivated my heart, I am about to find out how that one  person can change EVERYTHING.
 
I  am the nephew of the infamous Harry King, who loves nothing more than to get his own way no matter the consequences.
 
I believed Summer was safe from his grasp, I was adamant she was my everything. The reason I breathed… I learned too late that I was wrong.
 
Now  because of them, I am staring at Bailey as he fights for his life in hospital.
 
This is my story! How that ONE girl, the WRONG girl came and altered our lives  FOREVER!
 
My name is Wyatt King, and it’s my time to talk.

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt

My body snaps up as I hear the screams,
Please just let me go please, I will not tell anyone where I was or who you are. I just want to be with my mum, and I miss my little Springer Spaniel puppy. Please, please, please!”
Again I hear the cries of a woman ring out through the compound, reaching for my clothes I put them on quickly. Grabbing my phone and the knife I keep close to me, you know because you can’t be too careful with Harry around.
Stepping out my room, I go in search of the cries I heard. No-one else seems to be around, listening for anything that would give her away. I hear the knob of a door turning in the distance, quickly I rush into an open door careful not to be seen. The smug look on Johnson’s face tells me that is where she is. I watch and listen for Johnson to leave, biding my time before I enter what seems to be a cupboard opposite Harry’s office. hen the coast is clear, I walk
silently over to the room. Turning the knob silently, I’m happy to find it opens with ease, stupid mistake in my opinion. Walking silently into the room,
it’s in pure darkness the only light coming from the doorway. I close it behind me gently, walking further into the small space. The smell of sweat, tears and urine fills the air. Holding my breath I walk along the walls, using my phone I illuminate the room a little more.
 
My heart just stops, there lying in front of me is Summer
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
Mistaken Identity (Book 1)
 
When two worlds collide how many will survive? 
 
I’ve been captured for six years and yet no one has bothered to help me, the one person I thought might of helped disappeared all of a sudden. Each day for the last six years I’ve had to deal with him touching me, telling me what he wants to do and I can’t stand it. 
 
I have to find out who she is and why she is free and I am here locked away and used as a puppet, I need to know everyone I love is ok. Although my gut instinct is telling me I may already be too late. 
 
My name is Morgan and this is my story.

 

 

 
 
 

Now or Never (Book 2)

 

My name is Morgan and I have been tortured, abused and tormented for over six years, I have prayed for help, I have screamed for the whys. I have fought with every fibre in my soul, but still he has won at every game he has played. 
 
Harry King is not a force to be reckoned with, I have shown him all my cards and yet he still holds me in my cell of a room. 
 
I am getting closer to finding out who Summer is and why I have had to suffer. All the players are getting into position, their final cards are about to be drawn, how many will see the light of darkness again? It’s time to find out once and for all.
 
It’s now or never                                                        
 
 
                                                

Amy Beth is the Author of the Dark Erotica Mistaken Series and Christmas with the Dragon. Living in her home town of Wigan, UK, Amy balances work, family and writing everyday whilst still finding the time to read and help anyone she can out.
Amy will be attending her first ever book signing April 25th at the Tattooed Bad Boys York event hosted by her fellow Author Ava Manello. Looking forward to meeting readers, bloggers and all the other attending authors. If you are attending the event  wish Amy a Happy Release Day.

 

 

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**COVER REVEAL** ~ Seconds Before Sunrise, by Shannon A. Thompson (includes special video reveal)

 

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Message from the Author: 

The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at shannonathompson@aol.com, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.

Thank you for reading about this dark journey,

~SAT 

YouTube Video Reveal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe9Yzw_jzHM

 

Synopsis:

Seconds Before Sunrise (book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy)

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Timely-Death-Trilogy/227663240691565

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805475-seconds-before-sunrise

CURRENT GOODREADS GIVEAWAY:

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson, click on the following link:

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Giveaway ends June 23, 2015

**RELEASE DAY BLITZ** ~ Behind the Lens (Book 1 of The Sexy Series), by Heather Dahlgren (includes excerpt)

Happy Release Day!!
 

Behind the Lens

Book One of The Sexy Series

By, Author Heather Dahlgren

Release Date: April 24, 2015

**WARNING** Excessive sexy behavior by hot, muscular, tattooed models. Not to be held responsible for screen licking, sweating, or orgasmic tendencies. A fan and cold glass of wine are recommended.

Synopsis:

The only thing Kallie Gregory ever wanted to do was take photos. She’s been doing it for as long as she can remember. Having succeeded in becoming an up and coming photographer, she is living her dream daily. She’s  not willing to risk anything to ruin what she’s built.
 
Jax Burke has been living his dream. He’s one of the most sought after male models with his sexy look,  muscular body and brilliant tattoos that are becoming increasingly more recognizable. He has no problem getting anything that he wants, including the ladies.
 
When Kallie and Jax meet there’s an instant connection. They become fast friends and spend the majority of their  time together, both realizing how much they have in common with their dreams and goals. The closer they get to each other, the stronger their attraction becomes.
 
Only problem is, Jax is willing to risk it all for a chance at love, but Kallie is not.
 
Is it possible for Jax to convince Kallie to see what is behind the lens?

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

I put my camera down and grab a towel to dry myself off a bit when Jax reaches out and pulls me almost into the shower. We both just stare into the others eyes and I don’t notice his breathing but mine is heavy with arousal. He runs his wet hand down my face, cupping my cheek and keeps our eyes locked.  “It’s getting harder for me Kallie. I’m trying so fucking hard.” As soon as I realize what he means I pull away from him. I can’t, I won’t do this.
 
 
One-Click and fall in love with the story of Jax and Kallie!! 
 
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 Contact Via Email: authorheatherdahlgren@gmail.com 

 

 

**NEW RELEASE** ~ Flavor of the Week, by Candy Caine (includes excerpt and giveaway)

Contemporary Romance 

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Blurb:

flavor of the week with text cover _ smAttorney, Raven Gould, is tired of defending scumbags and fending off the advances of her boss. So she decides to quit her high-powered career and take a job at a popular ice cream parlor. Her aunt is alarmed at Raven’s decision and secretly convinces psychologist, Lucas Lusk, to check out her niece’s mental state.

Reluctantly, Lucas agrees. But after meeting the dusky beauty, he realizes he wants to do a lot more than check out her mental state. The problem is, Raven has a thing against psychologists and if she discovers why he keeps running into her—seemingly accidentally—she’ll never give him the time of day.

Raven soon finds herself intrigued by the tall, quietly sexy doctor, completely unaware of his relentless pursuit, or his determination to have her at all costs. And when a dangerous enemy from Lucas’ past wreaks havoc on his career, Raven must choose between guarding her heart or standing by the man she thinks betrayed her trust.

 

Excerpt:

Changing the subject, Raven said, “I want to thank you again for taking me to the theater tonight. Our seats were practically on stage. I felt as if I was part of the show.”
“I’m glad you had a good time and that the show lived up to its reviews,” Lucas said before sipping his Manhattan. “I really enjoyed the show, too.”
“Music is so powerful. It has a way of bringing people together. I came away with the feeling that we should hold fast to our dreams. That made me think of your mother and her fierce desire to live in the United States, no matter what.”
“I thought of her, too. You would’ve definitely liked her.”
Raven sipped her drink and dabbed at her lips with her napkin. “I’m certain I would have. Is your father still alive?”
“No. He died several years before my mother. Heart attack.” Lucas looked away a moment.
Raven touched his hand gently. He turned back toward her. “I’m so sorry.”
“At least my brother Michael and I had them both around while I was growing up.”
“Okay. Official change of subject to a happier topic,” Raven declared sensing his melancholy.
“Like what?” Lucas asked.
“Like I’d love to pick up the cast recording of the show,” Raven said.
“Here you go,” Lucas said, removing a CD from a pocket in his coat.
Raven’s eyes widened. “When on earth did you get that?”
“During intermission while you went to the ladies room.”
“Don’t you mean when I got on that mile-long relief line?”
Chuckling, Lucas said, “Yes, then.”
“I can’t believe this. How did you know? Thank you ever so much! You’re so thoughtful!”
“I know,” Lucas replied.
“And so very humble, as well.”
“Now, now, be nice. By the way, do you piss off Santa, too?”
Raven laughed until tears filled her eyes. When they cleared, she said, “Sorry my sarcastic side sometimes overpowers everything else.”
“We’ll listen to it together,” Lucas suggested.
“Fabulous idea. I second it.”
They finished their drinks and enjoyed another round. There seemed to be no limit to their conversation until a band consisting of a pianist, drummer and guitar player began to play a lively rendition of All You Need is Love.
“I had no idea this place had a band,” Lucas admitted.
“And they’re quite good.”
“I know you love music, but how do you feel about dancing?” Lucas asked. A big grin occupied most of his face.
“Would love to!”
The song ended and the band started to play Unchained Melody. Lucas reached across the table for Raven’s hand and led her to a small area where several other couples were dancing. Raven slipped into Lucas’s arms. His closeness was so male, so bracing and she soaked in his unique scent. A familiar shiver of awareness rippled through her, as if emerging from a long sleep. Her heart hammered in her chest foolishly.
Was this an indication that Lucas had already breached her defenses? Had she already cast her fate to the wind? It would certainly appear so. Especially since the thought of being alone with him—skin touching skin—was suddenly crowding her mind and allowing no other thoughts to enter. The sensations Raven now felt were not the usual ones she’d have whenever she desired to have sex with some guy she was attracted to. These feelings were similar to those she once had when she thought she was in love with Gordon White. That made sense, she reasoned. It definitely wasn’t casual sex she now desired to have with Lucas. No, not in the least. She wanted to make slow, sweet love with him—again and again.
Lucas nuzzled her neck. Oh, yeah. She wanted him all right. And if that hard object pressing into her thigh was what she thought it was, the feeling was quite mutual.
The band launched into their rendition of I Will Always Love You, and Raven continued to enjoy his closeness as she casually slipped her arms around his neck. She gave into the desire to run her fingers through the back of his hair. In response he kissed her neck sending a fresh sensual thrill straight to her sex. Raven moved closer continuing to soak up that uniqueness of him that was making her heady. The urge to run her hands up and down his body under his clothing was nearly overwhelming. Her logical mind was running scenarios of them having sex.  Some were so hot she thought the circuits in her brain would overheat. She hadn’t felt so sexually charged in ages and began to fear what might happen if she didn’t sleep with him.
When the song ended, the band played a rendition of She’s a Maniac, before taking a well-earned break.
Lucas led Raven back to their table and got them another round of drinks.
Raven took a sip of her drink. “You seem to know your way around a dance floor.”
“My mother and father loved to dance. I guess I caught on watching them.”
“Well you obviously paid close attention.”
He grinned at her impishly. “Most girls liked boys who knew how to dance. And I liked girls.”
“Good to know. Perhaps after we leave here tonight we can listen to the CD from the show. ” Raven hoped he’d take the hint.
“It should sound wonderful on my Bose system,” Lucas said.
Raven’s heart fluttered as she began to anticipate what was going to happen.
After they finished their drinks, Lucas said,” if you’d like another drink, Raven, that’s fine. As for me, if I have another, we’ll have to take other transportation home.”
“No. I’m fine. In fact, I feel great!” She attempted to rise to prove her point, but never quite got to her feet. Gravity won the battle and she sat back down.
Lucas stifled a chuckle. “You seem to have gotten a real buzz on. Perhaps, I should get you home.”
“Nope. The night is still young. And the last time I checked, so are we… Or is it the other way around? Who cares? We’re in the greatest city in the world and should enjoy ourselves,” Raven said, as she nearly slid off her chair.
“Okay, happy girl, let’s go,” Lucas said as he came around to help Raven into her coat. He bent to kiss her tender neck. She made a purring sound of contentment.
They walked the short distance to his car and he helped her inside. As he drove out of the lot, he glanced at Raven. Her eyes were closed, but there was a smile on her face. It looked like she was just resting her eyes a moment, but by the time they were back on the expressway, the sound of her soft snores filled the car nearly making Lucas laugh. He fought valiantly to stifle them, not wanting to embarrass her. It wasn’t exactly the way he imagined the end of the date would go, but shit happens as they say.
Raven woke up when Lucas cut the engine in front of her house. Disoriented a moment, she asked, “Where are we?”
Lucas smiled at her. Her cheeks were flushed with sleep making her look adorable like a little girl. “At your place.”
“I thought we were heading to yours to listen to the CD?”
“That was the original plan.”
“Uh-oh,” she said quietly.  Was I asleep?”
“Yup. You slept all the way home.”
“You’re kidding. Please say you’re kidding. I’m so embarrassed. That never—
I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t be. You’re adorable when you sleep,” Lucas said, unbuckling his seatbelt.
Raven rolled her eyes. “That won’t happen again. I promise.”
“You know we can keep doing this until we get a perfect,” he said. “Same time, next Saturday?”
A yawn snuck past Raven’s defenses and she apologized quickly, but not before Lucas chuckled. “I’d better get you inside while you’re still awake.” He leaned over the console and opened her seatbelt. Then he got out, walked around the car, and opened her door.
Smiling down at her, he asked, “Would you like me to carry you to the door?”
“Heavens no! What would my aunt think?”
“That I wore you out of course,” he said, offering his hand.
Raven took it to steady herself a moment before they walked to the door together. She had removed the keys from her purse and Lucas took them to unlock the door. Then he encircled her in his arms, drawing her closer to him. He kissed her gently. “Shall I pick you up at seven next Saturday?”
She nodded and placed her arms around his neck. “I’m truly sorry about tonight. I’ve never fallen asleep on a date before.” Her lips covered his, intending to be a sweet good night kiss. But instead of parting, their lips were pulled together like electromagnets coming together in an attraction of savage harmony. Both had totally forgotten that her aunt might be up and about. They were too engrossed with each other to think of anything else but kissing and touching one another.
Raven’s back was against the door as Lucas leaned into her, first devouring her mouth and then her neck. She grabbed handfuls of his hair, pulling his face close to hers. Their lips came together again in a fury, their tongues meeting in a tangled heap while they breathed as one.
Closer still, Raven rubbed against his straining cock. A soft moan escaped her lips. Lucas cupped her breast through her silk dress as he planted hurried kisses down her neck. His other hand inched up her dress toward her drenched panties.
 

 

Whether she’s writing a short story or novel, Candy Caine will make her interracial romances hot and spicy. Always striving to entertain her readers, Candy tries to breathe life into her characters, making life often interesting for her husband, Robert back in their home on Long Island, NY. And both are trying to teach their fifteen-year old yellow Lab, Sammy, new tricks.
Candy loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at candy@candycaine.com.
Visit her website at www.candycaine.com.

 

**BLOG TOUR & REVIEW** ~ Under the Mayhaw Tree, by Charlotte Boyett-Compo (includes excerpt)

 Contemporary Romantic Suspense

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Charlotte Boyett-Compo’s books are amongst my favourite reads and I jumped at he chance to take part in this blog tour and review her new release, Under the Mayhaw Tree. Although I am more familiar with  this author’s dark erotic fantasy books, I had every confidence that it would be a cracking read and I was not disappointed! Tina :)

 

 

Under the Mayhaw Tree by Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
 
Keynote:
 
Living under a cloud of tragedy for which he’s assumed blame, Drew Dunne has known hell for the past sixteen years. Then he meets Allison Bennett. But in the small town of Colquitt, Georgia, evil lurks around every corner and capturing happiness has an incredibly high price.
Synopsis:
SWEET VICTORY
Small-town football star Drew Dunne sacrificed everything for friendship and guilt. He’s spent most of his life unloved and unwanted. A kind touch, a gentle smile, an encouraging word are all wisps of memory from before the accident. For him there is only family, duty, loyalty.
And longing. Until he meets Allison.
When Allison Bennett looks in the mirror, she sees a woman whose life has gone from bad to worse. At the mercy of an abusive husband, sweet tenderness is something she can only dream about…until she finds it in the arms of Drew Dunne.Not every sacrifice is worthwhile, not every promise is worth keeping, and events in a small Georgia town will test this pair to the very depths of their souls, but at the end of the journey is the truth that—if you’re willing to pay the price—true love can conquer all. Drew Dunne will finally be with the woman he loves. Or die trying.

 

 

 

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Excerpt:
As she took off her clothes he put his hands behind his head and watched her every movement. Each one was poetry in motion to his way of thinking. To him, she was the most beautiful woman in the world.
He loved her so deeply he felt it in his soul. She was everything to him and he
wanted to be everything to her. His heart was filled with such peace, his body
with such longing, he could barely contain the feelings.
The last piece of clothing she removed was her panties and when she turned to the bed, he whistled in appreciation. As he had at the two motels they’d stayed at on the way to the cabin, he pretended not to notice the healing bruises covering her sweet body.
“Will you get under the covers?” she asked. She sat on the mattress, then stuck her legs under the sheet.
“Hey. You can leave your socks on but you took mine off?” he challenged. “You think that’s fair?”
“I have poor circulation in my feet,” she said.
“Believe me. You don’t want my cold toesies rubbing along your calf in the middle
of the night.”
“I believe you should pay a toll for being allowed to wear socks to bed when I can’t,” he told her as he joined her under the covers.
“What kind of toll?” she asked.
“The kind that is exacting,” he said. He slid down in the bed—disappearing beneath the covers—and slid on top of her. 
 
 
Author Bio:
Charlotte Boyett-Compo (her friends call her
Charlee) is a multi-published author of all sub-genres of Romance
fiction. Under the Mayhaw Tree is her 100th book. Over
the years, her novels have won many awards. When asked why she writes, she’s
said, “
I write because the urge is there and it’s like an itch you can
not ignore. Sometimes, I think if I don’t get my thoughts down on paper, I’ll go
insane. It is a craving, an addiction, that unless you experience it, you can’t
quite explain to ‘normal’ people.”
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My Review *****

Heartrending and Inspirational

Under the Mayhaw Tree, a Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Charlotte Boyett-Compo’s 100 published novel, is another tour de force by an artist who has perfected her craft over the years. I was totally and utterly gripped form start to finish, immersed in this tale containing love, passion and self-sacrifice, but also cruelty, abuse and revenge most foul.

Drew, the hero of the novel, is very much the victim of the piece. A once successful sportsman, his promising career was cut short by injury,  after which his life careered further downhill when he lost his best friend in a terrible accident. He finds himself in a loveless marriage with a woman who is little more than a she-devil, who delights in making his life a living hell with her physical and emotional abuse.

Trapped by survivor’s guilt and the power his wife and others have over him, Drew has all but given up on happiness. That is until he sets eyes on Allison, the wife of a newcomer to the town who abuses her at every turn. Both Allison and Drew recognise that they are kindred spirits and love blooms, but secrets are hard to keep in this tight knit community and the couple’s abusers, supported by town gossips and a posse of evil doers, take every opportunity to brutally destroy any chance of happiness the couple may harbour. The read has an extremely strong sense of place, the fabric and inhabitants of the small town of Colquitt in Georgia playing a key role in the unfolding drama.

What follows is a heart-rending story of how one man, ground down by years of abuse, seizes this chance of happiness and engages in a battle royal to make a future for him and his new found lady love. Just how far will he go and what sacrifices will he make to realise this dream and escape the nightmare of his past and present life? I will not reveal any more, but suffice to say that the romance between Drew and Allison transforms them both and together they must draw on inner resources they did not believe they possessed to face and overcome the demons who torment them. The journey they embark on will have repercussions for many.

The novel contains scenes of violence and brutality, including domestic and sexual abuse. I will say that it is a gripping read, with a hero and heroine you will root for. Above all though I found Drew and Allison’s journey an inspirational one, giving me belief in the saying amor vincit omnia.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

Please note that a copy of this novel was given to me as part of this blog tour for the purpose of a fair and honest review.