Othello Station by Rachael Wade #BlogTour #Excerpt

Othello Station by Rachael Wade 
Publication date: June 22nd 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance


Every woman in my life is supposed to be like Othello Station – a last stop. Unless they know how to keep their distance. I’ve managed to maintain a routine, one that works for me and one I have no intention of ever changing. But this dove came along. Soft and delicate, tainting my thoughts. I can think of twenty different ways to get rid of her. I need this dove to take flight.
But she won’t fly away.
She won’t release me from her cage.
Her wings ensnare me.
And now I want to get off this train. I wish I never boarded this ride. Because I’m about to crash and take this dove with me. But sometimes you can’t stop the crash. Sometimes you just have to hang on and let the flames ignite. Let the fire burn.
Sometimes, the fire is what saves you.
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.

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“You’re here,” I say with surprise. This girl actually came to see me.
“Can I come in?”
I shake myself from the haze and move aside. “Sure, of course.”
She ducks her head and slips past me into the hotel room, like a covert spy. “Wow.” She eyes my vitamin set-up as she tugs off her hat and wig. “Are you a doctor or something?”
“Do I look like a doctor?”
“Not really. Health nut?”
“Something like that.” I immediately thank the gods I didn’t pull out the blood pressure cuff yet. “What’s with the get-up?” I gesture to the wig. She looks down, gripping it tightly. Her hands are shaking.
“Dumb, I know. I just didn’t want to be recognized at the front desk.”
“Okay, 007. Any weapons I should know about underneath that snazzy vest of yours?”
“Only the ones I bought at the thrift shop.” Her gaze rises to mine, and a small smile creeps up.
“See what I did there?”
“Tried to make a joke?”
I assault her with my signature bland expression. “Yeah. You definitely suck at jokes.” She laughs and looks back down at the hat in her hands, which are still trembling slightly. It dawns on me that maybe it couldn’t hurt to have a little pity on this girl. “But you’re good at other things.” I begin an easy stride toward her.
“Other things?” She swallows hard and wrings the wig between her fingers, shifting on her feet.
I nod loosely and take another step, bringing us nose to nose. My chest warms and radiates with need as I sense her strawberry perfume. Maybe it’s shampoo. Whatever it is, I’m sold. Sign me up for that shit. She’s good enough to eat. “Like turning me on.”
My hand snakes forward and latches onto hers. I steady her shakiness. Her skin is ice cold. “Hey. Look at me.”
She keeps her gaze down, watching the contact. “Just bear with me,” she whispers, voice as uncertain as her fingers. “It’s been a while since I’ve done this.”
“Take all the time you need, baby.” I brush her hair to the side—her real hair, long and soft and so, so brown. Caramel spirals of light weave through the dark locks. “There’s nothing to be afraid of.”
“You’re intimidating. You must know that.” She shivers as I brush her cheek with my thumb.
“Maybe. A little. Don’t worry about that now. Just look at me.” It takes some coaxing, but her timid eyes finally find mine. I cup her face, and she leans into me, as if she’s never been touched before. A soft murmur escapes her lips and her eyes drift shut. Holy fuck. It has been a while. When’s the last time a man’s touched her? The thought sends me reeling; adrenaline kicks into overdrive. “I’m sure you’re good at other things. Lots of things. I’m positive you’re good at this.”
“I used to be. I mean…I think I used to be.”
“You’re here. That’s already a very good sign.”
She stares at me with lost, heavy eyes. “I’m not sure what that says about me. I’m either really dumb or really brave.”
“Maybe you’re both. It’s okay to be both, you know.”
“Dumb implies naivety.”
“Are you? Naïve?”
“I don’t think so.”
“I don’t think so, either. You knew exactly what you were doing when you decided to come to this room. That implies awareness.” I give her cheek another brush, studying her closely. Everything in me wants to jump this girl. But her fear—whatever the fuck that fear is—tells me to slow down. To make her feel at ease. She needs to be comfortable for this to work. I need her to keep her eyes on me. But she can’t look at me for long. Her gaze alternates between my lips and our bodies, which are just barely touching.
“Maybe you should stop talking. Before I lose my nerve.”
“Maybe that’s a good idea.”
I take her face in my hands fully. “Let me touch you.”
“I’d love that,” she says, with all the honesty in her bones. Her voice shifts to a wary whisper. “I’m so scared.”
“I’ve got you.” I don’t understand for the life of me what she’s so afraid of, but I say it because it’s what she needs to hear.
And just like that, she closes her eyes and falls into me. Her arms come up and wrap around me, sliding over my shoulders and over my neck. I instantly lift her up, pulling her legs around my waist. I move us to the wall, turning and pinning her against it. I don’t want to be gentle. Right now the idea of being careful seems damn near impossible. I’ve been needing this outlet. A distraction. Immediate gratification. A woman in my arms.
Something I can control, even if just for a little while.

Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren #BookBlitz

 Better When It Hurts by Skye Warren 

Stripped #2

Publication date: June 4th 2015 

Genres: Adult, Romance

Five years ago we lived in the same house. He was the ultimate bad boy. And my foster brother.
Now he’s back. Tougher, harder, meaner. All of it aimed at me, because I was the one who sent him away. It’s payback time. He wants his pound of flesh, and I am helpless to say no.

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Skye Warren is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dark romance. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely tender. For those new to her work, consider the bestseller Wanderlust, Prisoner or the Dark Nights series starting with Trust in Me.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2015

Stats for the Month: 
Books Read: 5
Reviews Written: 5

What I Read:

Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford (Netgalley)
Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks

Revive by Tracey Martin
Hooked by Christine Manzari

Reviews I’ve Written: 
Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford
Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks
Revive by Tracey Martin
Hooked by Christine Manzari

Reading Challenge Updates:

I’m only going to include the books I read in May but the totals in red will reflect the total number of books I’ve read toward each challenge. You can see my main starter post here.

Where Are You Reading? Challenge
Alabama: Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford
Illinois: Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
Thailand: The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks

23/50 states
9 other countries
5 fictional places

Young Adult Contemporary Challenge
7/16 books

Historical Romance Reading Challenge
3/12 books

Erotic Romance Reading Challenge
4/24 books

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge– sign up post
D: The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks
R: Revive by Tracey Martin
V: Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson

20/26 books

Books in Translation Reading Challenge
2/5 books

New to You Reading Challenge
16. Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford (new to me author)
17. Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson (new to me author)
18. The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks (new to me author)
19. Revive by Tracey Martin (new to me author)
20. Hooked by Christine Manzari (new to me author)

20/72 books

Literary Pickers Reading Challenge- sign up post
Airplane: Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford; loc 57 of 2932

21/25 items

Back to the Classics Reading Challenge
2/6 books

Pages Read Challenge- sign up post
May: 1,410 pages
Total so far: 13,447/ 52,000 pages

Banned Books Challenge
2/15 books
What’s in a Name? Reading Challenge
0/6 books

You Read How Many Books? Challenge
42. Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford
43. Vibrizzio by Nicki Elson
44. The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks
45. Revive by Tracey Martin
46. Hooked by Christine Manzari

46/200 books

Victorian Reading Challenge
2/5 books

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
11. Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford

11/21 books

Netgalley Challenge- sign up post
18. Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford
18/30 galleys

Reading Challenge Addict- sign up post