Fear of Heights (Heightsbound Series #2) by Mara White @authormarawhite #review


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A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble.  They meet and oh so quickly IT happens. I loved the way the author had the sense of taboo involved here. The characters were SO captivating that book one left me thinking of the Jaylee I picture in my dreams.jaylee 29usjv6
Once again this book is just SO well written. I loved that I felt the exact same pull with the characters that I did in book 1. The Kate and Jaylee love story just leaps off the pages. For me, I felt so tortured again. If they belong together even despite all of the obstacles, then they deserve happiness. I wanted Robert to go jump off the 59th street bridge and become ocean slug food. Never did I ever think I could feel more hate towards him than I did in this book. I would totally love a few minutes to hurt him.
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There are times when I was yelling to Kate in my head over and over. Specifically when her and Janinie take off to Santo Domingo. That part of the book was screaming to me.
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It was so spot on with the scenes and descriptions, making me feel like I was part of their runaway scheme. freaking out kramer-horse-bet-o
The next character that I must talk about is Ideál. He is a character that really confused me. I felt the love hate thing for him. Immediately I thought I wanted to kick him in the throat. I changed my tune and was a little more trusting towards him. When their friendship comes to be a more stable bond, there are some really big reveals. Sort of mind blowing.
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PLEASE take the journey again with Kate and Jaylee. I urge you to read this series. Underneath the drama there is pure love and loyalty.
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Heights of Desire (Heightsbound Series #1) by Mara White @authormarawhite #review


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A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble.  They meet and oh so quickly IT happens. I loved the way the author had the sense of taboo involved here. The characters were well written as was the language. I loved that I felt a level of intellect when reading Kate, her husband Robert and Sarah. As for Kate’s love Jaylee, he was written superbly. His language was real, not written in a way that reflected ignorance or an uneducated person. He spoke in some slang and was also portrayed with a level of intelligence. I have read a few books that have had really bad language and when trying to decipher the characters I felt lost. 
Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Jaylee Inoa is a twenty-two-year-old, second generation New York Dominican with close ties to the Heights and the gangs that run them. A very unlikely union is set up. In MY opinion Kate doesn’t recognize that her heart is with Jaylee. His love, trust, and most importantly the ways he can see their future is pivotal to my love for him. Kate gets caught up in him, there is a connection, she does things she never would have done before. Her husband Robert (whom I hate with all my heart) is a lawyer. It doesn’t take me long to see that all he wants is to win.  He is a master at staying cool. There are times when I was yelling to Kate in my head. It was so manipulating at times too hard to read.
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Being a New Yorker born and raised I loved reading the scenery. I am so biased when it comes to New York based books. I enjoy the landmarks and the expressive people. There was one character Sarah, who was Kate’s college friend who was just that. She blew me away in every single scene. There were times where I loved her boldness. There were also times where I thought to myself, that is just what I would have said.
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I love to read books that have characters that I relate to, am similar to, or want to be similar to. This book has everything I love. The authors represents all sides of the characters here. She has a great feeling and caring mom in Kate. There is the element of humor and that Sarah, well she is a queen to me. I cant even speak about Jaylee cause he is so real to me. Words can not describe how his loyalty took control of my heart. The Robert character pissed me off so bad, so that is the tell tale sign of a great author!
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Kate grew up with a privileged family. They are so stuck up they wont even visit her in her neighborhood. She has a sister that she never sees because of the strain. Overall she is written as a very lonely woman. When she meets Jaylee it changes. She meets his family in a short amount of time so seeing the love had to hurt her, although she never said so. There is a loyalty in Washington Heights. When she learns that his father is in prison and he supports his Mom, Grandma and Sister Janinie, she falls deeper. I did too. His name is unique; Janet is his mom and Elias is his Dad so in English it is translated to Jaylee. What a perfect combination.
I urge you to read this book! It is loaded with angst, which I adore. When I got to the 90% point I was just looking at the darn Kindle. It was hard to see the ending, BUT there is a book 2 due out early this fall. Being I have a huge Dominican family and spent a lot of time in Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata I related so much more. I really want more of their type of family. Something I am more than anxious for.
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ICE (Regulators MC Book 1) by Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane @JessieLaneBooks @ChelseaCamaron #Review


 

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From Best Selling Authors Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane…

She’s an investment banker.
He’s an outlaw biker.
A little bit of heaven is about to meet a whole lot of hell.

Morgan Powell is THE perfect daughter, worker and sister. These authors are great and I am a fan of them both so I wanted to see if I could tell who wrote what, and I think, being the super-fan I am, can tell who wrote what parts. The MC genre needed a different take on things, and this one delivers. The Regulator MC is not typical n the genre, they are an elite group. I wont say what they do or their purpose, but it is different.

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The main character Morgan give me a lot to look forward to. I know her and her sisters have staying power. Now moving on to Brett “Ice” Grady well he is a military man who has a great story.

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Dont miss his past, it is too good. His Mom and his daughter are written in a way making them perfect compliments that give his story more meaning.

moving on fsWX1rxp0iwo1_500 Along with Ice we meet a few players like Coal and Hammer. I clearly know Jessie Lane is behind these guys. She writes special ops and military men so well. There is a part of Coal that I love. He is dark and dangerous so I want more of him. I HATE spoilers so I will only say Chapter 18 was the best in the book. It was super dark and gritty and I am a fan of dark and gritty.

When the friendship between Ice’s daughter Brooke and Morgan’s sister Madyson is the set up for the meeting between the two. Yes there is a love underneath both of the main characters but the story of the Cuban mafia lord Sandoval was what got me totally hooked. I loved how Chelsea wrote a mob story in her MC books so this was a treat.sweettreats

As for the sub plot characters, there is drama in Morgan’s family tree. Gosh shake that tree and make them rotten apples fall of.  Morgan her sister Madyson and Mallory  was raised to be perfect, to say that the only one who lives up to the standards is Morgan.

Two worlds do collide in a very interesting way. Fans of MC books, contemporary romance and romantic suspense will enjoy this one. I say it is a must read!

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Warning: Mature themes
*Loosely attached to Chelsea Camaron’s Hellions Series and Jessie Lane’s Ex Ops Series.* These are also MUST READ books.

Regulators MC Series:
Ice #1 – Available Now
Hammer #2 – Coming March 2015
Coal #3 – Coming June 2015

 LIMITED TIME BONUS…buy your copy of Ice before 01/05/15 and get TWO bonus short stories from the Hellions Ride Series & the Ex Ops Series!
*On 01/06/15 both short stories will be pulled from the Ice book and set up to be bought individually by their respective authors. This means the short stories will disappear from the copy that you buy once your device updates.*

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Chelsea Camaron

Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Love and Repair’ series and the ‘Hellions Ride’ motorcycle club series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in. She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

Twitter @chelseacamaron     Facebook    Website     Goodreads    Amazon 

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Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sisters-in-law share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs – but don’t tell them that we said that.)

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance, and was released in January 2013. Their third book, Secret Maneuvers, will release in June 2013, and will be the start of a new adult contemporary romance series (Ex Ops Series). They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side (Big Bad Bite Series #2) and The Frozen Star (YA Star Series #2).

With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

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ICE (Regulators MC Book 1) by Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane @JessieLaneBooks @ChelseaCamaron #spotlight


 

 

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From Best Selling Authors Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane…

She’s an investment banker.
He’s an outlaw biker.
A little bit of heaven is about to meet a whole lot of hell.

Morgan Powell was raised to be perfect, to set an example for her sisters to follow. Her life has been dedicated to making something of her career, so she wouldn’t know what to do with a man even if you gave her an instruction manual.

Brett ‘Ice’ Grady spends his days trying to keep up with his teenage daughter, his nights consumed in Regulators’ MC business. He has no time for anything more than a casual hookup.

Two worlds collide when the dangers of his life crash into the calm of hers.

Can she go beyond her own boundaries and chip her way through to the man known to be as cold as ice?

Warning: Mature themes
*Loosely attached to Chelsea Camaron’s Hellions Series and Jessie Lane’s Ex Ops Series.*

Regulators MC Series:
Ice #1 – Available Now
Hammer #2 – Coming March 2015
Coal #3 – Coming June 2015

 LIMITED TIME BONUS…buy your copy of Ice before 01/05/15 and get TWO bonus short stories from the Hellions Ride Series & the Ex Ops Series!
*On 01/06/15 both short stories will be pulled from the Ice book and set up to be bought individually by their respective authors. This means the short stories will disappear from the copy that you buy once your device updates.*

Buy on Amazon

 

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Chelsea Camaron

Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Love and Repair’ series and the ‘Hellions Ride’ motorcycle club series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in. She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

 Email chelseacamaron@gmail.com

Twitter @chelseacamaron

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Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sisters-in-law share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs – but don’t tell them that we said that.)

Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance, and was released in January 2013. Their third book, Secret Maneuvers, will release in June 2013, and will be the start of a new adult contemporary romance series (Ex Ops Series). They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side (Big Bad Bite Series #2) and The Frozen Star (YA Star Series #2).

With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!

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Blended For Love by Meredith Schorr Shari Ryan, Marni Mann, Tess Thompson @MeredithSchorr @MarniMann @TessWrites @sharijryan


 

Cali, Charlie, Stephanie, and Blythe. . . four unique women with distinct stories and intoxicating essences to delight any mood. Are you in the need for adventure with a side of sexy marine? Meet fiercely independent Cali from TAG by Shari J. Ryan as she navigates the canyons of Mexico where the waterfalls provide safety and romance has a pesky way of showing up when she least expects it. And Tango is full of the unexpected. Need a sultry story with exotic undertones to make your heart race and put a naughty smile on your face? Then Charlie from Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann is your gal. She is a passionate, sensually inspired art student with a job offer at the mansion that is almost too good to be true. Add in the connection to the mysterious Cameron, who stimulates her art, intellect and desires all the way to her core, and you’ll be left captivated by this alluring novel. Want something light that renews you like a girl’s night out with your BFFs and a few glasses of chardonnay? Meet Stephanie from Just Friends with Benefits by Meredith Schorr, in her pursuit of love, her adventures in friendship, and her journey to discover what really matters. Stephanie’s story couples humor with the age old yearning for Craig, ‘the one that got away.’ Or, perhaps the more mature Blythe from Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson fits your mood. Newly divorced, she questions her road not taken, sexy and sweet Finn Lanigan, and sets out to find him. This is a story of second chances, the complexities of family and learning to trust after betrayal. In these four books, the facets of love all combine to form: Blended for Love.

Please note: Seductive Shadows is for mature audiences. It contains explicit language and sexual content.
 
 
Are you in the need for adventure with a side of sexy marine? Meet fiercely independent Cali from TAG by Shari J. Ryan as she navigates the canyons of Mexico where the waterfalls provide safety and romance has a pesky way of showing up when she least expects it. And Tango is full of the unexpected.
Need a sultry story with exotic undertones to make your heart race and put a naughty smile on your face? Then Charlie from Seductive Shadows by Marni Mann is your gal. She is a passionate, sensually inspired art student with a job offer at the mansion that is almost too good to be true. Add in the connection to the mysterious Cameron, who stimulates her art, intellect and desires all the way to her core, and you’ll be left captivated by this alluring novel.
Want something light that renews you like a girl’s night out with your BFFs and a few glasses of chardonnay? Meet Stephanie from Just Friends with Benefits by Meredith Schorr, in her pursuit of love, her adventures in friendship, and her journey to discover what really matters. Stephanie’s story couples humor with the age old yearning for Craig, ‘the one that got away.’
Or, perhaps the more mature Blythe from Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson fits your mood. Newly divorced, she questions her road not taken, sexy and sweet Finn Lanigan, and sets out to find him. This is a story of second chances, the complexities of family and learning to trust after betrayal. In these four books, the facets of love all combine to form: Blended for Love.
Best-selling Author Shari J. Ryan hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her hubby and two lively little boys. Ryan has published the 3-book Schasm Series for Romantic Suspense/Thriller fans. “TAG” is her first book written solely for the Romantic Suspense audience. She is hard at work on “Red Nights” a standalone coming early 2015.
Best-selling Author Marni Mann crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. Her next book, an erotic romance titled “Unblocked” is coming early 2015. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.
A born and bred New Yorker, best-selling author Meredith Schorr writes “real” chick lit and women’s contemporary fiction, securing much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. Her fourth novel,” How Do You Know?” was released on December 2, 2014.
Best-selling romantic suspense novelist Tess Thompson lives in a suburb of Seattle with her two young daughters and their two naughty cats. When not writing or taking care of her girls, she enjoys the outdoors, exercise, wine, cooking, sometimes cooking while drinking wine, travel, binge-watching quality television and reading curled up on the couch. Her seventh novel, “Duet For Three Hands”, will be released in February, 2015.

 

Gravity (Artistic Pricks Ink book 1) by Cat Mason @cat_mason_2014 #spotlight


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“There has to be something on this Earth that holds you here, other than Gravity.”

Luke Hanlon was focused on anything but his own life.The happiness of everyone else came before his own. He worked hard to build Artistic Pricks Ink into the profitable business that it is today and yet, it isn’t enough anymore. Something is missing. Someone.

With no one to focus on, but himself, Luke is forced to take a long hard look in the mirror and doesn’t like what he sees. Then he meets his mom’s neighbor and something clicks into place. But can he handle what comes along with her? Can he let go of the hurt in his past and see what is in front of him?

Kionna Slade is a good girl. She helps her neighbor, she doesn’t go wild and crazy. She’s independent and doesn’t need anyone. After losing her mother and an accident stole her dream of being a Vegas Showgirl, her life took a turn in a direction she never dreamed it would. Now ‘Sabrina’ runs the show at night, allowing Ki to dance again. Keeping Kionna and Sabrina separate is her main goal, until Luke. Luke Hanlon will throw a wrench in everything she ever thought.

Lives are changed and things explode all around them as they are pulled together. Luke can’t stay away, even if his heart and possibly both their lives could be threatened. Can Kionna and Luke find a way to hold onto each other or will they forever be grasping at what they can’t have?
Adult content and mature situations. Ages 18 and older.
This is a spin off series of the Shaft On Tour series. It can be read as a stand alone, but in order to get the full background story and feel everything, some may wish to read Shaft on Tour first.

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Siri’s Heart by Jessika Klide @JessikaKlide @Tantalizingblog


Siri Wright, 24, lives a life most people only dream of, or does she?  On the surface, she is a successful Vegas exotic dancer and erotic entertainer surrounded by sex, but underneath the glittering lifestyle, she protects a secret so big she is forced to live isolated and alone.  
Returning to Alabama for a family emergency, she meets a gorgeous, helicopter pilot, Moore, who makes her body come alive with passion. Mindful not to be labeled a whore, she flirts, teasing him, and he plays along, watching and waiting, biding his time. Until the night of the cocktail party, when everything changes. The cock and tail sex party, that is, when lies are told and revelations are made.

 

Theirs is a whirlwind, twisting, turning journey filled with romance and hot sex amid self discovery.  Where secrets are whispered, and confessions are made.  Where truth and honesty are valued above all else.  Where pure, honest love lives.

 

 
 

 

 

 

My pen name is Jessika Klide. I’m from LA … Lower Alabama. The deep South! Since I write erotic romance, and my mind is super slutty, it’s just better to use a pen name. Trust me on this!
The stories I write are about true love, with lots of kinky erotica sprinkled throughout and more than one happy ending.
Like most writers, I’m an avid reader. When I read a book, I want to be immersed in the world, invested in the characters, feel what they feel and hear them talking. I write the same way, wanting my readers to experience my story this way. When the book(s) is finished, I want you, my reader, to feel that you have escaped into another reality and to say, “That was incredible read.” I want fans for life.

 

Undeniably His (A Billionaire Love Story) by Amanda Chayse #Review @AutAmandaChayse


 

 

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I loved it from beginning to end. The story was filled with steam so beware you will need a pot holder for those ever so hot pages! Beneath the steam lies a reveal that haunted me. A ton of corporate dealings lead a marketing genius, Mr Davis to seek an assistant and confidant, which he finds in Annabelle. She is literally a step away from an overdrawn checking account when she interviews for a job. Annabelle is a character that I adored. She has so much to offer and just graduating in this economy leaves her stalled. It is a really current issue that lends to the real reasons why I loved her.e9cf6-recommended2bhighly2bgreen

This book can draw you in using real issues that make you so much more involved.  When Annabelle interviews for an advertising and marketing job with Kalin the author creates a real life agency with real life drama. I appreciated the fact that the author doesnt hand things to you, but creates a real page turning plot.

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The story was just great! I’m singing praises for Amanda Chayse. Let Mr Davis keep you warm on a chilly winter night.  There are times where you will have trust issues with all of the characters. A must read if you love romance and suspense.b5fb9-52bstar2bblog2b2bbook

 

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As she grew up, she focused on passionate stories of strong men and women, oftentimes facing impossible odds, and in relationships that made them even better together.

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Undeniably His (A Billionaire Love Story) by Amanda Chayse #Spotlight @AutAmandaChayse


 

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I never realized how far I would go for love…until I met him.

When I interviewed for a job at Kalin Davis’s advertising firm, I didn’t think I would interview with him personally.

I sure didn’t think I would spend a night at his beach home, lying naked in his bed with his arms around me.

And I definitely didn’t think I’d end up crouched behind a bar, clutching a gun, listening to the cold steps of a killer approach me.

One betrayal leads to another, and in the end we’re both questioning who we can trust…even each other.

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As she grew up, she focused on passionate stories of strong men and women, oftentimes facing impossible odds, and in relationships that made them even better together.

Don’t miss a single release of her latest books. Sign up for the latest updates and releases at http://www.amandachayse.com.

Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch @GCReading @kelseyketch #99cent #Sale


Title: Daughter of Isis

Author: Kelsey Ketch

Series:  Descendants of Isis #1

Release Date: October 26nd, 2013

Genre: Upper Young Adult Fantasy

“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.

The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.

Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.

*Note: Content for Upper YA*

 

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Seth let out a deep breath as Natti waited, hoping. He ran his
fingers through his hair before his face came inches from her.
“The traditional story told to me began during the days before Ra
had left Earth. His council told him that if the goddess, Nut, bore any
children one would end his reign. So, to protect his power, he placed a curse
on Nut, one where she would not be able to bear children on any day of the
year.
“Desperate, Nut went to Thoth, the god of wisdom, for help. Thoth
knew that once spoken, the curse could not be recalled. However, he discovered
a loop hole, went to the moon god, Khonsu, and tricked him into giving up some
of his light. From it, Thoth created five extra days which were set between the
end of the old year and the beginning of the new.
“On the first of these days, Osiris was born. The second day was
set aside for the later birth of Horus, Osiris’s son. On the third day, the
second son of Nut was born, Set. Isis, Nut’s first daughter, was born on the
fourth day, and her second daughter, Nephthys, was born on the fifth. And when
they finally grew up, Osiris married his sister, Isis—”
“Ugh, gods.” Natti rolled her eyes. “Why do they always have to
marry their siblings?”
“Well, who else were they supposed to marry?” Seth asked.
“I don’t know. Maybe a mortal for a change.”
Seth crinkled his brow. “The gods are too great to marry a mortal.”
“And how would they know? Have they ever dated one?” Natti trailed
off when Seth placed his finger gently on her lips, letting them tingle under
his touch. Oh, how she was beginning to love that feeling. She let it consume
her.
Seth smiled. “Do you want to hear the story or not?”
Natti focused on his eyes. “You have my full attention.”
“Good. . . . As I was saying, Osiris married Isis, and together
they traveled the land. Now before Osiris, the people of ancient Egypt were
considered barbarians. Chaos reigned through wars and cannibalism. But when
Osiris and Isis spread their knowledge, the people learned to plant grains like
wheat and barley; how to tend and water the crops; how to cut the corn when
ripe and thresh grain; and then how to dry the crop, grind it, and make bread.
They even taught the people how to plant vines, and turn grapes into wine. For
his teachings, Osiris became the ruler of all Egypt.
“Set, however, was not pleased by his older brother’s rise to
power. So he laid out a plan to kill Osiris and rule in his place. Aided by
seventy-two of his most loyal worshipers, Set obtained the exact measurements
of Osiris’s body and carved a beautiful box that would only fix to his exact
size. Set then threw Osiris a grand feast, the greatest feast Egypt had ever
known. He called for only the best food the realm could provide and for the
strongest wine to be served. And the dancing girls, they were the most
beautiful creatures anyone had ever seen as their bodies swayed to the hypnotic
music—”
“That part of the story would get your attention, wouldn’t it?” Natti teased.
Seth’s cheeks turned a slight pink, and the corners of his lips
pulled into a smile. He let his finger slide across Natti’s lip again. A
delightful shiver silenced her thoughts.
“As the festivities continued, and Osiris drank, Set commanded that
the box would be brought to the grand hall. Osiris marveled at the rare cedar
inlaid with ivory, gold, silver, and painted figures of the gods and their
creations. Using his charm and deception, Set made a grand gesture. He offered
the box to whoever could fit inside. A few people tried and failed. When Osiris
finally took his turn, though, it fit perfectly, and the lid slammed shut, locking
him inside to die. Later, Set returned, dismembered the body into fourteen
pieces, and scattered them across the desert.”
The imagery that crossed Natti’s mind caused her whole body to
cringe. Seth took her wrist and rubbed his thumb over her hand. The soft
tingling sensation soothed her nerves, making her feel all warm and gooey
inside.
“When Isis heard what happened, she and Nephthys set out to look
for the pieces, gathered each one, and carefully wrapped Osiris in strips of
cloth. Unfortunately, this was not enough. The manner in which he had died had
prevented his entry into Amenti, the
place for those who have passed judgment. So, ultimately, Osiris would not be
able to rest in peace.
“However, Isis was clever. She crafted a magical serpent out of
dust and Ra’s spittle and placed it in the sun god’s path. The serpent bit him,
and Ra—being the most powerful god of all—commanded the poison to leave his
body. Yet his magic would not work, for the serpent was made from Ra’s spittle,
and therefore, he was unable to cure himself of the poison running through his
veins. He called upon Isis, a great healer herself, to withdraw the poison.
Isis, though, told him she could only heal him if she knew his secret name. A
large request, considering. You see, knowing a god’s true name gives the other
person their power. In this case, Isis would gain the power of creation
itself.”
Natti thought back her first day at Setemple High when Seth had
“stolen” her name in gym class. She understood exactly how the Egyptians felt.
It left her feeling violated and betrayed.
“As the pain of the poison spread, Ra finally submitted. He gave
her his name in secret and in confidence that no one other than herself shall
ever know. Isis agreed and cured Ra of her serpent’s poison.” Seth’s voice
became soft and slow. “When she returned to her husband’s side, she took him
into her arms, called on the power of Ra, and breathed life back into his body.”
Focused on Seth’s words and his eyes, Natti hardly realized how
close his lips had come to hers. They brushed up against her mouth, sending
sparks across her flesh. Her heart galloped with excitement. Her mouth parted
slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the
story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.
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•About the Author•

During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.