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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds


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Title: Until Lilly (Until, #3)
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Release Date: March 2, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him. When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was. What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie? Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again? Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children. The power of love is a beautiful thing.  
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“Is that what you do? I mean do you often try to hit on women in coffee shops by buying coffee for them?” “I can tell you with one hundred percent truthfulness that I have never done that before.” “Never.” A look passes over his face I don’t know what It means but I don’t like it.” “Do you date a lot?” I ask quietly wondering if he thinks I will be some kind of conquest.” “I haven’t dated.” “You haven’t dated?” I look him over again he must think I am stupid guys who look like him must date a lot. “I have never had to date.” “What does that mean?” “If I want to sleep with someone I don’t need to date them.” “What?” I breathe that is not at all what I expected him to say. “You’re the guy that can get any girl he wants without ever putting any kind of effort into it.” He shrugs the gesture making me feel sick at the same time I want to kick him in the nuts. Maybe the red hair does make me have a temper. “I never lead anyone on or tell them things they want to hear.” “So that makes it okay?” “I don’t know if it makes it okay but it’s who I am.” “Well I am glad that this is coming to light now rather than later.” “Oh no,” He shakes his head. “This thing with you is something completely different.” “Yeah I know.” I tell him crossing my arms over my chest. “Its different because I will not be sleeping with you.” I lean forward. “EVER.” “Well I guess we answered the question about red heads and their tempers didn’t we.” He smiles showing off both dimples. “But trust me when I tell you I would not have driven almost three hours to sleep with you that’s not what I am looking for.”  
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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat whose husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires its beauty.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Renegade Lady by Dawn Martens and Emily Minton







Book Info-
Title-Renegade Lady
Series- Renegade Sons MC #1
By- Dawn Martens & Emily Minton
Genre- Adult Romance
Publication Date- January 30th, 2014

Blurb-
Jenna “Ice” Chandler grew up as part of a motorcycle club. She considered it her home, until one wrong move made it her prison. After months of abuse, she is rescued by Chipper, who takes her to Big Clifty, Missouri, home of the Renegade Sons MC.

Kiddrick “Kidd” Jones is the president of the Renegades. He knows there is something special about Ice the moment his older brother, Chipper, brings her into the club, but stays away, because she is too young.

When time comes for Ice to take her place in the club, she has two choices, become an old lady or a club whore. Not believing in love and knowing a man can never be faithful, she decides to earn her spot on her back. 

With each passing year, Kidd's feelings for Ice grows and the urge to make her his becomes stronger. Frustrated and jealous, he finally decides it’s time to claim her as his own.

Will Ice finally thaw out and give love a chance, or is Kidd fighting a losing battle?


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Dawn Martens is a young, spunky Canadian Author, who is widely known for her best-selling “Resisting Love” series that she co-authored with Author Chantel Fernando. Being a wife to Colin, and a mother to two (soon to be THREE!) beautiful little girls (Sarah (6), Grace (3), Ava on the way!) hasn’t stopped this Canadian Firecracker from pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer! She has also co-authored “Whiskey Lullaby” (book one in the Love Songs series) with her friend and fellow writer, Author Emily Minton; on top of serving as a mentor and support system for many Authors in the Indie community over the past few years. 2014 is shaping up to be a phenomenal year for Dawn, as the highly anticipated book two in the Love Songs series titled “Broken”. She will also be releasing a brand new gritty MC series, “Renegade Sons MC,” with Emily Minton, that will for sure take their avid readers on yet another mind blowing journey. Dawn’s number one passion in life is the written word, and she’s extremely thankful that she has to ability to share the ramblings from the characters inside of her head with the rest of the world! She also may or may not have the hugest girl crush on Author Kristen Ashley, who is her personal idol and helped inspire Dawn in the beginning of her Indie career. Find out more about Dawn on Facebook.


Emily Minton is a Kentucky native. Raised in Missouri, her family returned to Kentucky when she was a teen. She is proud to call the Bluegrass State home. She claims she bleeds blue--Wildcat Blue!
Emily has been married to her husband, David, for over twenty years. They share two lovable but irritating teenagers, Jess and Bailey. She is also the proud mom of a feisty terrier mix, Rae Rae.
Emily loves to read and has more books on her kindle than most people could read in a life time, but she intends to read every single one. Nope, no hoarding problem here! Her favorite author is Kristen Ashley, and she swears Kristen’s book Sweet Dreams changed her life.
Emily has co-authored two books with Dawn Martens, Whiskey Lullaby and Renegade Lady. She has also written one solo book, Windows. Many more are floating around in her head, and she hopes to get them all on paper before long. She loves sharing her dreams with her readers. Find out more about Emily on Facebook.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Nerd Girl by Sue Lee


Title: Nerd Girl
Author: Sue Lee
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

Everyone knows that office romances can be risky, but how much are you willing to sacrifice for love?
Julia Hayes is beautiful, successful, sometimes nerdy, and perpetually single. She lives in Seattle and just landed her dream job at one of the most iconic technology companies in the world.
When Julia embarks on a new career opportunity, a serendipitous event literally throws her in the path of Ryan McGraw, the hot and charming VP. As the attraction grows between them, it’s not long before Julia realizes that things are more complicated than they appear.
Nerd Girl is a heartwarming love story about a woman at the crossroads between true love and her career. It’s about deciding what’s most important in life and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it’s about not letting your mind prevent you from following your heart.

Excerpt

The next thing I knew, he pulled me into a used bookstore. He said he loved old book stores and could spend hours in one. Why did I find that so freakin’ attractive? It must be the nerd in me. We walked around the store, looking at the titles and displays. He kept hold of my hand while we roamed the bookshelves. There was a distinct musty odor, but not offending; it was that old college library smell I remembered from my days at the UW great library, books and must and mold and pencil shavings.
I noticed a used copy of Jane Eyre and picked it up. “I love this book. I love Brontë and Austen. They wrote such timeless love stories,” I said casually. “If you think about it, the common person didn’t have typewriters or editors; or at least, I don’t think they did. The concept of marketing was probably only by word of mouth. The thing that made these stories persist over time was the quality of the writing and the stories themselves. Jane Eyre was so beautifully written.”
“Why do all women love these books so much?”
I gave him a reprimanding look. He looked back at me, feigning innocence.
“Their love stories were so simple, really,” I explained. “It only took a single meeting or a letter or a look across the room before they wanted to profess their love for one another. Their love consumed their whole existence.”
“Simple? I totally disagree.” Ryan shook his head emphatically. “One of the main reasons why these books are such popular stories is because their stories are so complicated. They’re the total opposite of simple. Their social structure and etiquette makes it even more so. Each story is a misunderstanding, a long journey that the author takes the reader on, and telling the story is lengthy enough to be book worthy. It is definitely not simple.”
Touché.
He continued to press his point. “I mean, look at Rochester. He hid a wife from his governess, from the whole house for that matter. That’s not simple. Did he honestly think he could get away with hiding someone behind the wall?”
“Okay, you win!” I held up my hands in defeat. “Closet Brontë fan, I see.”
He smirked at my comment, but looked smug.
“You’re right,” I conceded. “I guess love makes you desperate and people do irrational things. These stories are far from simple. It was an incorrect choice of words. I meant that their love was pure and all consuming—Jane and Rochester, Catherine and Heathcliff, Elizabeth and Darcy. Satisfied?”
“Yes,” he said smugly.
“I guess I wonder why people always have to make things so darn complicated. I think the best love stories, the real ones, at least, are those that aren’t complicated. No drama, no issues. People meet, fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after. They just know. I’ve never had that. Maybe that’s why I’m still single.”

“I’m seeing a pattern here with you. You don’t like the color gray,” he observed and then added with a mischievous look, “The best love stories are complicated, because it wouldn’t sell books otherwise.”

Quote to Remember

“I learned that weighing the risk was driven by the mind, not the heart. That’s where the fundamental difference lies between business and love. When it comes to love, faith replaces risk.”

About the Author:

I live in Seattle, in my favorite neighborhood, Queen Anne, with my husband and twin seven year old daughters.

After more than a decade of running the corporate rat race, I left Microsoft and finally found time to pursue my dream of doing something truly inspiring.   I wrote Nerd Girl.  I’m a voracious reader and thought it would be a fun adventure to merge my unique history and knowledge of Microsoft with a heartfelt love story.

Apart from reading, writing, and spending time with my family, I enjoy strong coffee, weekend getaways in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, running, Husky football, and cooking gourmet meals.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

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Title: This Time Around
Author: Chantal Fernando
Series - Maybe Series
Release Date: January 21, 2014
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I loved her. I lost her. But I’m not willing to let her go.
This time, I’m playing for keeps.
 
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Monday, January 27, 2014

UNTIL LILlY Cover Reveal


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Title: Until Lilly (Until #3)
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Expected Release Date: March 5, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him. When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was. What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie? Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again? Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children. The power of love is a beautiful thing.  

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat whose husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires its beauty.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Playing for Love at Deep Haven by Katy Regnery






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Series: Enchanted Places #1

# of pages: 275 pages 

Published by Katy Regnery January 2014


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Book Synopsis

Violet Smith and Zach Aubrey have history… 
…the kind of history he regrets and she wishes she could forget. 

She was the girl. The only girl. Ever. 

Nine years have passed since heavy-metal songwriter, Zach, slept with, then walked away from, his best friend, Violet. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s never gotten over her. 

He shattered her heart. 

Despite the years that have passed, chick-lit novelist, Violet, vividly recalls the pain of Zach's rejection, and hates that she's never been able to completely let go of the brooding boy who turned his back on her. 

When the rocker and the writer find themselves thrown back together in a strange twist of fate, their chemistry is just as scorching as ever, but old wounds don’t just disappear. Even if Zach can explain why he walked away from Violet, can she find the courage to trust him again? Together they will discover if a love that broke them both is worth a second chance at forever. 

Playing songs, playing for keeps… 
…Playing for Love at Deep Haven


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What happens when two people who're fated to be together manage to flub it up the first time? The Universe finagles a second chance. 

Zach let one bone head move cost him the girl who was the one. 

Violet is too scarred by the event to know if she wants to let him have another go another go at her heart. 

I think they were too young to recognize the bond they shared fro how special it was. When you're in college and meet the person you think might be the one, it isn't unthinkable that you might not want to jump on that boat. Your life is just getting started out in the real world, do you want to tie yourself to another person so soon? Then you grow up and realize true love is not something you shut the door on.

Z and Vile weren't ready for it, but Zach and Violet are.

A complex situation to say the least, and Katy does a great job navigating the complex emotions their shared history would conjure up. Your heart swells and breaks for Zach and Violet, characters that are easy to fall in love with. 

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About the Author

Katy Regnery is an award-winning romance novelist.
Her debut novel By Proxy, Heart of Montana #1, a contemporary Christmas romance, was published in September 2013 by Boroughs Publishing Group.
By Proxy was following by "The Christmas Wish," Heart of Montana #1.5 in October 2013. Katy will be releasing Heart of Montana books #2, #3, #4 and #5 in 2014.
Additionally, she is the author of the Enchanted Places series, which launches in January 2014 with Playing for Love at Deep Haven, and will be followed-up by Restoring Love at Bolton Castle in September 2014.
Katy lives in New England where her husband, two children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
Visit Katy at: www.katyregnery.com, www.facebook.com/KatyRegnery or www.twitter.com/KatyRegnery - she loves to hear from her fans!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Angels in Leather Cover Reveal


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Title: Angels in Leather
Author: Bella Jewel
Expected Release Date: February 15, 2014
Model: Miles Logan

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A girl on the run.
Her father gave her one task before he died. To deliver a package. Now she has the baddest biker in the state after her. He wants what she's got. Secrets in both the past and the present threaten to destroy what she is working so hard for. He threatens to ruin her heart. Two worlds will collide to make something explosive.


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 You can run but you can’t hide,

I know what lies deep inside.

     I lower my glasses and rush across the road, head down, hoodie

covering my head and face. A small woman standing outside of the

door, watches at me as I dart around behind the gas station, backpack

tightly wrapped around my shoulders, clipped at the front. My sneakers

are worn, and they squeak on the pavement as I scurry into the ladies

toilets. I rush into the small, crappy room, kicking in the doors, and

when I realize it’s empty, I lower my hood.

     My long blonde hair tumbles out when I remove the cap from my

head that was sitting firmly under my hoodie. It’s my usual look these

days. Jeans, sneakers, singlet top, hoodie and a cap. It’s the easiest look

to disguise who I am when I’m forced to get out in public. I lower my

face, and turn on the tap, filling my hands with water and splashing it

on my skin. I close my eyes, letting the cool feeling calm my nervous,

frightened body.

     They’ve found me.

     It’s only the third time Axel Wraithe has managed to catch up with

me in just over a year, which isn’t bad considering he’s got sources and I

don’t.

     He’s the President of the MC club Angel’s In Leather, and he’s been

chasing me since the moment my father sent me running with a case

containing information on USB Drives. I’ve never plugged the drives

in to see what’s on them. Whatever is, though, I imagine is extremely

important. They wouldn’t be chasing me like this, if it wasn’t important.

Axel wouldn’t have let his men kill my father if it wasn’t something he

needed.

     Would he?

      I still don’t know what went down that day, all I know is that

whatever my father has in this case, Axel wants. Axel and my father

used to be best friends, until my father started up his MC club Joker’s

Runners, and they had a falling out. They became sworn enemies, and

were constantly at war, but more often then not, it was kept at a certain

limit. Then that one day, it went over.

     I found out after I started running that the Angel’s In Leather took out

the Joker’s Runners in a war that stopped the entire town just after my

father died. They were looking for the case. The case I’ve been running

with for just over a year. The case that’s clearly been more important

than anything else that’s come up in that time, because Axel hasn’t

stopped looking for me.

     Which means I haven’t rested.

     There have been times I’ve wanted to just give in and let him take

it from me, but then I think of my father’s face the day he died in the

front of our SUV, and the desperation when he made me promise to run,

and deliver this case. If I let him down…I’ll never live happily. This is

my mission, and sadly, it’s become my life. I don’t have anything else.

     Without this…I’m nothing. I have nothing…no one.

      I am struggling to find this Raide fellow, without recoursces, it’s very

hard to locate him, and until I do I can’t stop. So here I am, in a women’s

bathroom, trying to calm myself down and figure out a way to escape

Axel a third time around. He’s not an easy man to escape. He’s a god

damned genius and he’s managing to get closer and closer to me no

matter what I do. I have to think of something new. Maybe I’ll cut all my

hair off and dye it red, or purple, something crazy.

       I pat my face dry with my sleeve, and stare in the mirror at the empty

blue eyes looking back at me. Most girls my age would be out partying,

being in love, enjoying their life, their jobs, their friends….but me, I’m

running, living a criminal life that I never chose. On the rare days I get

where I manage to relax, I find myself imagining what it would be like to

just be normal.

     I shake my head. It’s never going to happen.

     I hear the distinct rumble of Harley Davidson’s outside, and I know

they’ve stopped. I feel my palms become clammy, and my heart speeds

up. I have to get out of here and into the trees behind the gas station.

They’re thick and lush, and I can run for miles through them. The

problem is getting out. This was the closest place I could find to gather

myself, and it took Axel a matter of minutes to locate me. It’s never a

coincidence with him. Never.

     I swallow, and lift my hair up onto the top of my head again, tucking

it under my cap. I pull my hoodie back over and grip the straps that are

sitting around my waist. My bag is strapped on as good as I can get it,

because I don’t want it to be taken from me. If it gets taken, then all this

has been a waste of time for me…and my father.

     I pull my sunglasses down over my eyes, and I peer out the window.

And there he is. I feel my body tingle with fear as I lay my eyes on Axel.

He’s standing out the front of the gas station, speaking to the young

woman, flashing a photo at her. I know it’s a photo of me. She nods, and

points to the bathrooms. God dammit. Axel lifts his head, and his eyes

turn in my direction.

     I gasp.

     The years…they’ve been kind to him. The last few times he got close

to me, it wasn’t close enough for me to get a good look at him. To see

how the years have changed his face.

     Axel Wraithe is a gorgeous man, he always has been, but he’s got a

heart of steel. I remember as a little girl, in the years before he and my

father had a falling out, I used to think he was one of the most handsome

men I’d ever met. He was just a young man back then, but he had the

kind of face that women would drool over. Now…now he’s older, and

more defined, and even more breathtaking.

     He has this thick black hair that sits messily on his head. His body is

huge, tall and well built, yet unlike most bikers, not covered in tattoos.

He has a few, but not many. His shoulder’s put most body builders to

shame. His eyes are the color of turquoise water, and are the prettiest

eyes I’ve ever seen. He’s got a few days growth of stubble on his face,

and his ears are filled with silver hoops.

      His body is covered in all black clothes. Large, chunky black boots.

Black jeans. A black shirt covered with his black jacket, with, what I

know, has a large angel surrounded in fire on the back. Their club’s

patch. He wears chains around his neck and leather bands around his

wrists, hanging off his jeans, he has silver chains, topping off his look.

Axel is about forty years old, and while he was my father’s best

friend, he was ten years younger than him. They met a few years after

my parents had me. I know my father helped him out of some bad

things, and felt a connection to him. Things went well right up until I

was about ten, and that’s when my father created his club and he and

Axel had a massive falling out.

      I never saw Axel again…until the night he saved my life.

Now, he’s standing, staring at the bathroom’s, a small, deadly smirk

on his face. Sweat trickles down my face as I turn, peering around the

bathroom for an escape. There’s a small, narrow window above the far

toilet. It’s not locked, and I could squeeze out of it with enough effort. I

glance back out the window and see Axel still staring at the bathroom,

nodding to the lady as she speaks.

     I have minutes.

     My adrenalin spikes as I rush towards the toilet. I peer up at the

window, and use the toilet and basin to launch myself upwards. I take

hold of the window sill and use my free hand to rattle the window. It’s

rusty, but it dislodges itself easily enough. I shove it out, and it lands

with a crash on the ground. My heart begins to hammer.

      I unclip my backpack, there’s no way I can get through with it on my

back. I peer out the window, and when I see it’s clear, I shove the bag

through and let it drop down onto the ground. That’s when I hear the

rattling on the toilet’s main door. My heart lurches and I feel my jaw

begin to tremble.

     “Meadow, you didn’t honestly think you could hide in a toilet, did

you?”

      Axel’s voice has me freezing, but only for a split second. I’ve been

running long enough now to know how to keep myself from freezing for

long enough to cause a problem. I lift my leg up and try to be as quiet

as possible as I jump three times, and shove my body through the small

gap. I lose my balance when I push through too hard, and land on the

dirt the other side with a thump. I roll, gripping my bag and throwing it

on quickly, before leaping to my feet.

     And there he is.

     I scream and leap backwards as he appears around the side of the

building. Up close, he’s powerful, huge and dominating. He has a tattoo

of a bird on his neck, and it seems to be staring at me, taunting me. I lift

my eyes to meet his, and I gasp softly. Beauty, it just doesn’t cover what

he is. He can’t be classed as beautiful. There is only one word I could

ever use to describe him, and that is…devastating.

     “Hello Cricket,” he purrs, using a nickname for me that he used to use

when I was a little girl. “Long time, no see.”

      I swallow, and grip my backpack. “Axel.”

      He smiles, showing me a row of perfect, white teeth. Two dimples

appear in his cheeks. “And here I was thinking you’d forgotten about me,

I mean, you’ve been running for me now for…what has it been, Cricket?

Over a year?”

      “One year, three months and six days,” I whisper, shuffling

backwards.

      He chuckles. “And you know I was going to catch up to you

eventually, so we could have avoided all this if you had just given me

what I wanted back then.”

      I don’t say anything, I just grip my backpack straps tighter, and let

my eyes dart around behind my sunglasses to look for a way out. I see

a thick mass of trees behind him, probably about fifty meters. If I could

get to them, I could hide myself…I also see a pile of rusty metal poles

in the corner, leaning against the wall. I turn my body slightly toward

them, and begin very slowly backing up. Axel steps forward, suddenly

gripping the side of my face. His other hand grips my backpack. I snarl

and shove, pushing hard enough to get him to let go. He stands back

with a smirk.

      “Don’t touch me!” I hiss.

      His smirk widens. “Nice disguise you have there, but you know, when

you live in a disguise, people start looking for it. Should have changed it,

Cricket.”

      “Don’t call me that,” I growl, gripping the straps on my backpack even

tighter.

      “Take off your hoodie, Meadow,” he rasps. “Let me see you. Let me

see the girl who has fucked my life up for the past year. It’s been so long,

hasn’t it? Last time I saw those baby blue eyes, you were jumpin’ off a

bridge tryin’ to end your life.”

I flinch and anger builds in my chest.

       I let go of my backpack and grip my sunglasses and I pull them off,

then I lower my hoodie and rip my cap off. I want him to see me. I want

him to look into my eyes and see the determination there. He won’t beat

me, it doesn’t matter how hard he tries – I’ll try harder. I lift my face

and I stare him right in the eyes. And it’s because of that, I notice his

reaction.

      His body flinches, only just barely, and his eyes widen. He hasn’t seen

me since that awful night. Our interaction after that, was done with me

being fully covered. I stand on trembling legs as he takes me in, letting

his eyes move over my body. I notice when he narrows his eyes, that he

has small lines beside his eyes, the only indication of his age.

      “Well fuck me, Cricket. You grew up and became a knock out, and

here you are, wastin’ it by runnin’ when all you have to do, is give me

what I want and you can go on your way. Wouldn’t it be nice to be a

normal girl?”

      “Do you think I’m stupid?” I say, trying to stop my voice from

trembling.

      He glares at me. “You are fuckin’ stupid, because you’ve been wastin’

your time running for me for the past year.”

      “And I’ll continue running from you, Axel. I won’t stop. And if you

think I’m going to fall for your promises of freedom for me if I hand

over the goods, then you know nothing about me. I’ve lived with bikers

before, remember? I’ve seen the promises made. You’ll not get your

hands on me…”

His eyes harden and he takes a step forward. I brace myself to run.

       “Is that so? Funny, because you’re the one trapped against a toilet

wall with no where to go.”

       “Again,” I whisper, reaching around behind me and gripping the long

metal poles I’ve been edging closer to. “You don’t know me, if you knew

me, you’d know that I know what I’m doing by now, and no one traps

me against a wall.”

      I swing the pole. His body moves to block it, but it hits his hands so

hard he goes reeling back with a roar. I swing it again, connecting with

his kneecaps. When he drops to the ground, I run. It’s one thing I do

know how to do. I put my head down, my arms by my side and I run as

fast as I can move.

        I hear Axel’s bellow, and I know he’s calling for his men. I have

seconds. I hit the trees just as I hear the shouts beginning to grow

louder behind me. I skid to my left, running through a narrow set of tall

trees, in an attempt to get into the thicker shrubs. My sneakers crunch,

and I know there’s no way I can pull this off quietly, but I will pull it off.

I hear the sounds of boots crunching in the distance, and I have no

doubt Axel has his entire group of men spreading out to chase me. My

adrenalin spikes, and I pick up my face, ignoring the sweat pouring

down my face, or the branches scratching into my skin. I won’t let him

beat me now, not after everything I’ve fought for.

       I pick up my pace when I come to a clearing, running hard and fast.

It’s never good to be caught in a clearing, I’ve learned that. I put my head

down, and run as hard as I can. I can hardly breathe through my panting,

it’s so intense. The sweat begins to fill my eyes and it burns. I blink

rapidly, lifting my hand to swipe it quickly across, trying to remove

some of it. It only makes it worse.

      “Stop, Meadow, do yourself a favor!” Axel bellows.

       I look over my shoulder to see him and six other men running

towards me. My adrenalin spikes and I focus my attention in front of me.

The only thing I can see is a large river off what looks like a small ledge.

My heart skitters. Can I jump off that?

       “Stop now and I’ll make it easier for you.”

I don’t have a choice.

I have to jump.

       I run to the edge, and skid to a stop as I look down at the flowing

water. My entire body stiffens and my breath hitches. Memories of that

night on the bridge flash through my mind. My skin begins to prickle,

and it becomes even harder to breathe. It’s not the same, you can swim

now and the water is nice, clear and safe. You won’t die. You just have to

get over the other side.

      “She won’t jump,” I hear Axel yell.

       “Hurry it up!” someone else bellows.

        I hear the sound of boots crunching coming closer. God, if they get

hold of me now, all this has been for nothing. I stare down at the water,

and goosebumps break out over my skin. I can’t breathe, I can hardly

concentrate. I know they’ll get me any moment. I close my eyes, taking a

deep breath.

        “Promise me, Meadow…”

My father’s words spring back into my mind and I know I have to do

this. So, without opening my eyes, I jump. It happens in what feels like

slow motion, my entire body plummets to the water below. I hit it flat

on my stomach, knocking the wind out of me. I sink quickly, even though

I can swim now, the panic has my body stiffening in fear.

I begin to struggle.

My backpack is too heavy.

       I shake my head from side to side, keeping my mouth clamped shut,

kicking my legs as hard as I can. I feel a set of hard arms go around me,

and I sieze. I’m slowly being pulled to the surface, on that surface I’ll be

taken somewhere I don’t want to go. At the realization of that, I start

kicking harder, until I hit the person holding me.

         When I surface, I gasp a breath of air in, and I kick hard towards

the other side. I hear Axel’s crackled voice sound out behind me. “Stop

fuckin’ running Cricket, we’re not going to keep doing this.”

Oh yes we are.

      I kick harder, using everything inside me to get to the other side. I

reach the bank and launch myself up, gripping the sides with my hands.

I’m about to pull my body up, when those arms go around me again and

yank me back down. With a scream, I go crashing back into the water.

Axel has me, and he spins my body around so I’m facing him. Up close I

can see his eyes, and I hate that he makes my heart flutter.

I’m supposed to hate him.

      “Quit this fuckin’ bullshit and just give in.”

      “No,” I growl, shoving at his chest.

      “I won’t play this game with you any longer, Cricket. If I have to, I will

hurt you.”

      I lean in close. “Does it look like I care?”

       He growls and pins me tighter against his body. When I’m this close

to him, and my body is pressing against his, I can feel every part of him.

His powerful form is twice the size of mine, and a good solid foot taller.

His arms tighten around me, and I know I have to think quickly. I stare

up at him, meeting those devastating eyes.

       “Please,” I whisper. “Don’t do this to me.”

His eyes soften a touch, but only a touch. “Then give me what I want.”

I’m playing, only he doesn’t know it.

      “I cared about you Axel, can’t you just remember that and let me go.

Remember how once, you cared for me too.”

      He shakes his head. “Nice try, Cricket. It ain’t gonna work.”

      I let my eyes fill with fake tears. “He was all I had left and you took

him from me, now you’re going to take the last of him and leave me with

what?”

       He narrows his gaze. “You’ll find a way, that’s what strong people do.”

      “No, Axel, that’s what you would do. I’m not you.”

       “Girl I knew wouldn’t have a problem being that strong.”

       “I’m not the girl you once knew, I grew up, Axel. Or hadn’t you

noticed?”

        I press myself harder against him and he growls. I want to lean up

and kiss him, I can smell his masculine scent and it’s killing me that it’s

affecting my control. I realize I’m staring at his lips, and I quickly turn

away, biting mine.

       “Stop fuckin’ doin’ that,” he murmurs.

        I look back up at him, and slowly I lean up so my lips just graze his

ear. I’m having him on, I need to escape, but my body is betraying me,

because it’s enjoying the feeling of being in his arms. “Doing what?” I

murmur.

       “Fuckin’ hell, stop,” he growls.

        I let a warm puff of air tickle his neck, and then I lean down, and I bite

him so hard I draw blood. His bellow of pain as he reels backwards is

enough to let me know it fucking hurt. I spin quickly, not looking back.

I launch up onto the bank, and without stopping, I run into the line of

trees.

        “I’ll fuckin’ find you, Willow,” Axel roars. “Mark my fuckin’ words.”

I have no doubt he will.

But like always, I’ll find a way to escape him.

I always do.
About the Author
Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She's crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell's Knights was released in August 2013.

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