Sunday, September 24, 2017

Alphas of Danger (A Once Upon An Alpha Anthology) by Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Mari Carr, Kris Cook, Anissa Garcia, Kym Grosso, Jenna Jacob, Kennedy Layne, Isabella LaPearl, and Carrie Ann Ryan #NewRelease #Review #RomanticSuspense #4pawsforability

Alphas of Danger (A Once Upon An Alpha Anthology) by Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Mari Carr, Kris Cook, Anissa Garcia, Kym Grosso, Jenna Jacob, Kennedy Layne, Isabella LaPearl, and Carrie Ann Ryan

Happy-Ever-After has never been so intoxicating…
When a man has beaten it, he becomes a hero.
When a woman tastes it, she is helpless to resist his pull.
It won’t come easily, especially between alpha men and their headstrong women. Threats lurk in the shadows, and the price for passion is often exacted with a bullet or a blade…but the sacrifice is worth it when devotion is the reward.
Ten bestselling authors, masters of spine-tingling romantic suspense, bring you brand-new stories that will yank you to the edge of your seat and have your heart pounding as you turn the pages.
Best of all, the proceeds will benefit 4 Paws for Ability, a worldwide agency that enriches the lives of children and veterans with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.

Stories Contributed to Alphas of Danger:

This was a great read, each of the stories had me engrossed until the very end. I love the fact that this Anthology is being sold with its proceeds going to a great cause, there is nothing better than reading a good book and knowing that in doing so you are also helping a worthy charity. 

Devoted to Wicked by Shayla Black

This story takes place in Cancun Mexico. Karis is on vacation and unable to return home because someone stole her Passport, Unbeknownst to Karis its Cage that comes to her rescue. Karis and Cage had a ONS on New Years Eve and they both wanted more but something happened to keep them apart and we learn all about it in this story. This was a fun and sexy read that takes place in the Wicked Lovers world, you do not have to have read the Wicked Lovers Series in order to follow this short story but I highly recommend the series. 


Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Countdown by Lexi Blake

This story had me at the edge of my seat for most of it. It was an intense read and I have to say that had me biting my nails. I will not give anything away just know that it was one extremely intense hour that will leave you shaking your head, needing a shower, and wanting more.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

Power Struggle by Mari Carr

Bree and Carter were friends, best friends until one night after they finally gave into their attraction she disappeared without a word to him, in Power Struggle Bree has returned and trouble has found her. Carter will do everything in his power to keep her safe and hopefully get her back in his bed.  I enjoyed the chemistry along with the push and pull of Bree and Carters personalities, Power Struggle lives up to its definition with these two that's for sure. 


Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works.
Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.

CIA Covert Team (Rainbow Knights Series) by Kris Cook

Hmmmmm where do I begin with this one....First I haven't read any books by Kris Cook before, but that is about to change. I LOVED Drake and Chance! Shoot I loved all of the characters on the Rainbow Knights CIA Covert Team. This is a second chance at love as well as co-worker romance for Drake and Chance. The Rainbow Knights are on a mission when all hell breaks loose and one of their own is hurt in the process. I cannot wait to read more of this series!!!!


Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris’s total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was “My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn’t it about time? I’ve been out since I was twenty-five.”
A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer’s favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris’s influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black.
Kris is also the co-host of Romance OUT Loud, an audio podcast that features some of the best voices in gay romance fiction like, Andrew Grey, Damon Suede, Kindle Alexander, Felice Stevens, L.A. Witt, Sarina Bowen, and more.
Kris is married to the love of his life – Stephen. 

With a Vengeance by Anissa Garcia

This story had a solid plot which I really enjoyed but for some reason I just didn't connect with Jake or Olivia. 
Olivia's best friend died of what the police believe is suicide but Olivia believes foul play was involved. She is determined to get to the bottom of things but when she meets a mysterious man and has a ONS things only get more complicated. 


Anissa Garcia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English.  She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble.  Wanting a change of pace, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre for two years.  After working in Hollywood as an actress and casting assistant, she relocated to Austin, Texas and began writing freelance for Cosmopolitan and other publications.  Her first book, A Promise Kept, is available now.  A Promise Made will be available November 2016.  When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.

Hard Asset by Kym Grosso 

Kym Grosso is another New to me Author, I love when I come across new authors that make me wonder why I haven't read them before because their story was just that good. The story was a real page turner it had me ensnared in it's grasps until the very end and then we were left with a cliffhanger, now I have to find out where the story continues because I need to know what happens to Evan and Raine.  


Kym Grosso is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the erotic paranormal series, The Immortals of New Orleans, and the contemporary erotic suspense series, Club Altura. In addition to romance novels, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She is also a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.
She lives in suburban Pennsylvania but has a not-so-secret desire to move to a beach in southern California where she can write while listening to the roar of the ocean.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a MBA from Widener University.  In a previous life, she was employed as a speech therapist, a health care consultant, and a product manager for a software company.  In 2012, Kym published her first novel and today, is a full time indie romance author.

Revenge on the Rocks by Jenna Jacob

This is a May/December Romance where Gina is twelve years older than Nate. I loved the chemistry between the two even though Gina was definitely holding back. Gina had been married to an abusive man and he did so much emotional damage she is convinced that she will never let anyone get close enough to to hurt her again. 


USA Today Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls and heal their scars to find their happily-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna’s books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.
A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk husband live in Kansas. Jenna loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna’s zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love.
Meet the wild and wicked family in her sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Or become spellbound by the searing love connection between Raine, Hammer, and Liam in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella La Pearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts to discover unbridled love and devotion in Jenna’s new contemporary series: Passionate Hearts.

Seducing Danger by Kennedy Layne

Kelli has been hired to protect Landon by his father while he is trying to close a large real estate deal..... who knew that real estate deals could be deadly. Landon doesn't know Kelli's true reason for staying at the resort but he has been captivated with her since she arrived. The chemistry between Landon and Kelli is amazing, there was a lot of action in this story that really kept me on my toes.


Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace.

Enforce Her (Leather, Pipes & Passion) Isabella LaPearl

This is a second chance at love story. Ella and Rambler had a hot and heavy romance that abruptly ended.
Rambler is stunned when Ella is found on his land unconscious and hanging upside down in her car.  He hasn't seen or heard from her since she stood him up one night. Ella is on the run from her ex who is part of the Russian Mafia (Bratva) but when he finds her things don't go according to plan. 
The chemistry was spot on and the suspense keeps you engrossed, this was a great quick read.


Isabella LaPearl is a USA Today bestselling author known for her collaboration with Shayla Black & Jenna Jacob for the Doms of Her Life Series. She enjoys writing sexy, erotic romance. A wife, mother, writer, reader and a love for riding motorcycles.
To say it’s been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement… what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors, who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing… Never give up.

Executive Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Ashlynn and Jax meet while away on business and have a ONS that leaves them both wanting more but since they didn't exchange info that's a no go.....well you know Carrie Ann Ryan isn't going to leave it at that, right?!? Soooooo of course they run into one another again, and holy hotness when they do...YUM! There is a suspenseful aspect to this story that involves Jax and his old job but since he is now working at Montgomery Ink his old bosses problems aren't his anymore only his old boss doesn't see it that way.  This was a great addition to the Montgomery Ink series but it can be read as a standalone. 


Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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