Not Quite as Loyal As I Thought I Was…

question-markAs I was doing my usual hunting/stalking of several authors recently, I came across a Facebook post by Kim Harrison where she announced a Barnes and Noble buy one, get one half off sale that featured her newest release, The Drafter. What really surprised me, though, was that Kim said it was a “Last ditch effort to sell this book (which has failed miserably.)” Reading that really caught me off guard, because I don’t think I have ever seen an author be quite that honest. It also got me thinking about a few things, like just how loyal I really am.

Kim’s The Hollows series was quite popular, yet it seems that maybe her fanbase didn’t follow her to her new work. For some reason, I just figured that they would, but then I realized that I don’t always follow that rule myself. There are a couple of authors that I follow, no matter what. Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, to be precise. They write, I read. It doesn’t matter what – subject, format, price – I am there. But after that, there are no guarantees. I faithfully read Thea Harrison‘s Elder Races books, but her Game of Shadows books are probably in the next pile I will be giving away still unread. Chloe Neill‘s The Veil is still on Mount TBR. Ditto for Larissa Ione‘s Moonbound Clan Vampires, and even the Fallen Angels series from J.R. Ward hasn’t grabbed me yet…and the Bourbon Kings doesn’t tempt me at all.

Are you surprised that Kim is calling The Drafter a failure? Do you follow an author from one world into the other without question, or are you more hit and miss, like me? What authors do you follow, no matter what?

What’s On Your Wishlist?

question-markAt the start of the year, I did a post about your most anticipated reads for 2015. I thought that well over half of the year has flown by, it was time to do another check in and see what you are looking forward to in these last months of 2015.

For me, there is surprisingly few. Since I already got an ARC of Nalini Singh‘s Archangel’s Enigma, I am down to just a couple of books that I would say fall into the “can’t wait for” category. First up is Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong, and luckily it is due out next week so the wait is almost over. The second one is Winter from Marissa Meyer, which it the final book in the young adult Lunar Chronicles series. If there was one series that I would love to see a few more books from, this would be at the top of the list.

There are a couple that should be on the list but didn’t quite make it. J.R. Ward‘s Blood Kiss, for example, should have me excited. But for some reason I am more in a “whatever” mood about it. Ditto Kresley Cole‘s Sweet Ruin. Actually, I am past “whatever” and onto “meh” for Sweet Ruin, which is sad. Also, I have been waiting for Thea Harrison to write Graydon’s story for her Elder Races series for what seems like forever, but I can’t work any excitement up for his leading lady, so that took care of Shadow’s End.

So, what books are you still looking forward to for the rest of the year? Do you have any, like me, that you should be excited about but just aren’t for some strange reason?

From the Author Pages

It was time to get to updating a bit, so I started with the featured author pages. As usual, a little bit of info came out of my stalking, so I thought I would share…

  • The cover and blurb are out now for the next Sisters of the Heart book from Christine Feehan, Fire Bound. The preorder links just went up on Amazon in the last couple of days, so I was surprised to see so much info so quickly. This one has a release date of April 26th.

fire boundThe #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sea Haven novels returns to the circle of the six sisters of the heart, bound by the elements—and to one who possesses the power to inflame the most dangerous passions of all.
Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glass blower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

Enlisted as her bodyguard is Casmir Prakenskii, a trained assassin living off the grid. In Lissa, he sees a kindred spirit—something unexpected and wicked, mysterious and sensual. But more than desire is about to bring them together: because both of their pasts cry out for revenge. And for two people with this many secrets, this much passion, and this many enemies, someone is bound to get burned.

Wow. That one is way under-whelming. It feels like a departure from the rest of the covers in the series, and is just sort of…bland. It definitely doesn’t scream paranormal romance, or fire for that matter. I get more of a Little Women vibe, myself.

  • There is some news on the Darynda Jones front, as well. It looks Charley 10 will be released next June 28th, and it will be called The Curse of Tenth Grave. Number 11 doesn’t have a title as yet, but it will be out January 2017.
  • J.R. Ward recently released the first book of The Bourbon Kings, and it looks like the second book will be called The Angel’s Share. There is no release date, as yet.
  • Oh, and I had been wondering why there hasn’t been much news on the Larissa Ione front lately, but my last check actually unearthed something. She will be writing a male/male e-novella addition to the Demonica series called Base Instincts, which will be released on September 14th…

base instinctsAs a Seminus demon, Raze’s life literally depends on having sex with females. The problem is that he doesn’t desire females, and it’s physically impossible for him to be with males. Thankfully, he and his best friend, Fayle, have an arrangement that keeps him alive . . . if lonely. He finds some solace in his work as a medic at Thirst, a vampire club known for its rough clientele. But his carefully structured world turns upside down when he meets a mysterious male who makes him want what he can never have.

Slake is an assassin used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Raze. But he also wants to earn back the soul he sold when he was a much different demon. All he has to do is capture a runaway succubus named Fayle and hand her over to her family. What he doesn’t count on is being caught himself by a web of lies—and his attraction to Raze.

Raze and Slake must navigate a dangerous world to be together. But as Fayle’s jealousy of their relationship turns deadly, they find themselves embroiled in a battle not only for their love, but their lives and souls.

I’m not big on the male/male, or e-books, so I will probably be giving this one a pass, but I am glad to see something in the works from Larissa.

So, that wraps this little newsletter up for today. What have you heard from your favorite authors? Anything exciting in the works?

Cover Lover – The Beast

One good thing about J.R. Ward is that we get to see the covers of her books early. Really early. Her next Black Dagger Brotherhood book is called The Beast, and it is a return to Rhage’s story. It will be released on April 5th.

the beastHis name is Rhage—the deadliest fighter and most voracious lover of all the Brotherhood, whose inner beast could never be tamed. But Rhage found his eternal love in Mary Luce, a woman who once bore a life-threatening curse, while dreaming of eternity with her vampire warrior and protector.

They’ve made it to hell and back. Now their story continues in a new novel sure to draw fans back into the “frighteningly addictive” (Publishers Weekly) world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

I like. They brought the pretty with this one, and while I was a bit hesitant about a return to the original brothers, the idea is slowly growing on me. The “main” couple plays such a small role in the overall scheme of things that I don’t think it really matters who the story is officially considered to be about.

Alpha Showdown Voting

voteNever heard of this one before, but lamila just sent word that there is an Alpha Showdown over on the vampirebookclub site. It looks like things are already down to the final round, and it is a very close battle between Wrath from J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Kaleb Krychek from Nalini Singh‘s Psy/Changeling series. Very tough choice, but anything Nalini gets my vote every time. If you feel like showing your support, you can vote HERE.

Chronicles of Nick Character Guide

chronicles of nickI have to start off by saying I can take absolutely no credit for this. My sole contribution was to hit the cut/paste buttons. PheonixFyre was kind enough to once again share with us one of her character guides, this time for Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s Chronicles of Nick series. She has already contributed guides for Lara Adrian‘s Midnight Breed and J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Brotherhood, and she is currently working on one for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books (a.k.a. the series that shall not be named until I read it).

Guides are fun, as strange as it sounds, but they take a ton of time to do, and I really appreciate Pheonix sharing her efforts here. I would love to have more done than I do, but they can be slow going and sometimes having someone else help out can get me going, too. So, if you would like to check it out, you can find the Chronicles of Nick guide HERE.

What was Your Take on The Shadows?

the shadowsIt has been a couple of weeks since the latest J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood book, The Shadows, hit the shelves, and I figured it might be time to see what everyone thought of this somewhat different story. No one can say Ward played it safe with Trez and iAm’s stories, and I was actually glad. I liked how the story unfolded, and I thought it ended on a high note, surprisingly. What did you think? Did the story work for you, or would you like to have seen things go in a different direction? And what about another Rhage book being next? I would’ve thought Assail or Layla and Xcor for the next book, with Rhage maybe playing a role in one of the spin-off Black Dagger Legacy stories. As much as I love me the Rhage, not sure how I feel about it.

Anyways, drop a line below, but beware that there could be spoilers and proceed at your own risk…

Spotlight on…J.R. Ward

Every year, Pheonix goes to the annual book signing J.R. Ward holds in Cincinnati, and she is kind enough to share the info with us. I have to admit, I have a read it/don’t read it reaction to them, because I really want to know what is going on, but I don’t want spoilers. Or, should I say, I want some spoilers but not huge ones. You just can’t win with me.

Anyways, this can’t be said enough…there are spoilers here. I mean it. BIG. TIME. SPOILERS. Especially for The Shadows, so if you haven’t read it, proceed at your own risk.

Final warning – Spoilers! Spoilers! Spoilers!


2015 Cincinnati Immortal Q & A

Q: Who is the next BDB book about?

A: The title is “The Beast” ….I bet you know who that is about. We were going to do a short story, but there was too much to fit…he was too big to fit in a small….story. (crowd shouts: That’s what she said!)

Q: Can you elaborate on anything that’s going on with Rhage?

A: Ummmmm. He has some survivor’s guilt going on there, and there are some issues that he and Mary have to work out. There’s also one aspect of their life that will come to fruition. (crowd yells: BABY!!!)

Q: It’s more of a comment that a question. There were a lot of haters for The Shadows. For the way it had to happen, you did it perfectly.

A: Well, thank you! I totally understand people’s reactions.

Q: Are we going to see a lot more of s’Ex, the executioner?

A: Oh, yeah, I’m totally in love with s’Ex, too. (Crowd laughs at double entendre.) I want him to have his own book, his own love. I think he’s going to be protective of Trez, and s’Ex probably won’t be going back to the Territories, but I think iAm will definitely be going back and forth.

Q: What’s going on with Rhage? Is he going to be pardoned by the Scribe Virgin and have his curse repealed?

A: B**ch can’t get out of her own head long enough to fix anything. You’re going to have to KR on that.

Q: Can you or will you elaborate on how Xhex became an assassin?

A: I’m not sure what there is to elaborate on. She just came out that way.

Q: How do the Brother’s get the golden retriever hair off them?

A: Can you imagine the doggen? Just wrap one of them in duct tape and rolllllllll.

Q: With the demise of Mr. C., will Lash be coming back?

A: Yes, but we have to get through the next book and we have to get to Xcor and Layla. So, it just means getting to the point where he returns.

Q: With women coming in to the training program, will find out that women were already included, back in the day?

A: There is no back in the day for women (being involved). This is something new.

Q: When are humans finding out that there are vampires?

A: It’s coming. Remember when the sh*t was hitting the fan (Crowd: Which time?) So it’s going to come out that people have been videotaping and posting on Youtube. There was a scene, way back in one of the books, where the kid was videotaping, and it happens this time. So, yeah, that sh*t’s going to get

Q: Back in the day, before they lived in the sanctuary, there were Chosen breeding with the Brothers. Could we find out that the Chosen had offspring by different Brothers?

A: Originally they were only to breed with the Primale. Eventually, they were serving the Brothers with blood and sometimes, they would fall in love and have children. The breeding program is no longer in progress. It is possible that the Chosen had children by more than one Brother.

Q: Have we met Assail’s sibling?

A: That’s a Keep Reading.

Q: Will we find out Craeg’s parentage and is it significant?

A: That’s a Keep Reading, too.

Q: After the introduction of the training program, will there be shellans who want to enter?

A: Probably not, because those who can and want to, like Xhex and Payne, already are.

Q: Are we going to hear more about Payne’s ability to heal?

A: We’re going to learn that her ability to heal costs her more each time she uses it. And, I’m not sure what the answer is, whether she needs to refresh by going to the Sanctuary. Or there’s other consequences.

Q: Are Adrian and Eddie going to be Lassiter’s next assignment?

A: Yes, and Lassiter will get his own book.

Q: I get the drift that Bloodletter is his calling and his handle, but is that his name?

A: Bloodletter is his handle but not his real name. Can you imagine that on his birth certificate? His driver’s license. Why, sir, perhaps you shouldn’t drive….

Q: Was Bloodletter one of the Brothers guarding Wrath the Fair, in The King?

A: Maybe….

Q: Is he related to the Original Brother, who had two lines: Wrath, and perhaps an aristocrat of whom The Bloodletter is of the line?

A: Yes, he was.

Q: Selena said that she would be waiting for Trez and whomever he falls in love with.

A: I think some day that Trez will find someone to love, but it will be a long way off. You have to remember that vampires live five or six hundred years. And Serena gives him permission, says to him that if you find someone, to fall in love and live his life.

Q: Will Devina be in Lassiter’s book?

A: I think she will be in Lash’s book. Even assholes deserve love.

Q: Is Throe the new Havers (as the most hated character)?

A: Oh yeah he has bad juju. There are definitely some things to work out with Throe.

Q: What happens when Throe runs into Xcor?

A: That’s a Keep Reading.

Q: Is Layla going to have both twins?

A: She needs to have those babies. We need to move along because there’s so much more to come after that.

Q: Will De La Cruz be part of the “humans finding out”?

A: Hmm, I think he needs to see Butch again.

Q: You always write about how the males bond and give out their scent, but can it be unrequited?

A: I’m sure that happens.

Q: Now that Selena talked with Luchas about being lucky to alive, does he have a better will to live?

A: I think he does. And I’m sure we’re going to be seeing more of him, I’m just not sure right now which series he’s going to track in, whether it will be the BDB or the Legacy Series.

Q: Since Rhage is all up in his estrogen-fueled feelings, why is not the Beast all, dude, there’s nothing wrong with us, calm the eff down…

A: The Beast is non-verbal. So, not like he can just say that. (crowd laughs at image)

Q: Why is it that the Brothers can’t scent Xcor on Laila and know she’s lying.

A: It’s because she’s pregnant, and it would be disrespectful of them to get close enough to scent her.

Q: About Saxton’s HEA (Happily Ever After), can you tell us the when and who and what book?

A: Cannot answer that. Keep Reading.

Q: If feeding from humans doesn’t give vamps enough strength, like when Z was trying to survive on just human blood, how does Payne keep going feeding from Manny?

A: Payne goes to the other side and that rejuvenates her.

Q: Do we know for sure that Butch and Manny are connected?

A: Yes, they have the same father, and that guy didn’t keep it in his pants, so there may be more of them out there.

Q: I’m curious about the sympaths and if we will learn more about them?

A: Weird six finger things. If humans become aggressive toward the Shadows and sympaths, it may become a case of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Because there is some serious sh*t coming. There is also a penal colony out west that may come into play. To keep the action going, more people have to come into the story. So, I think we’ll see all of those groups getting more involved.

Q: You had said that in honor of the tenth anniversary of Wrath’s release, there would be some sort of party or celebration?

A: With the release schedule for this year, we just couldn’t make it happen. But, maybe next March to celebrate Rhage and the Beast? We’re going to work on something.

Q: I love Godd*mn Cat. Will we find out more about Godd*amn Cat? (This is what iAm calls Boo.)

A: We will, yes.

Q: Will we see more of Fritz and his personal life?

A: He loves his job, but I can’t imagine writing his sex life. Nope….imagine a basset hound…nope…nope.

Q: Will there be a resolution to the death rate amongst females and births?

A: I don’t think so because it’s just part of nature.

Q: Throe went to Xcor to avenge his sister’s death, and the one who saved Tohr was shot in the head, so how can Throe be Autumn’s brother? (This was a confusing question, and the transcriber may not have gotten the whole thing correct, but the answer is the same.)

A: Keep Reading.

Q: Will we see more of the next generation? (Little Wrath, Nalla, Aggie, etc.)

A: I would love to see what happens when Z finds out Nalla has a boyfriend. But I don’t know how that would work. Would they be set in the future? Not sure yet.

Q: Will there be weeding out of the Bastards?

A: Oh, yeah, there will be. Leaky, messy, with a weed eater weeding.

Q: What’s with all the twins?

A: There are a whole lot of twins. I’m interested in what’s going on. Just the other day, I was like, wow, there’s a whole lot of twins in here. I know, I know, I is slow.

Q: Can we get a pronunciation guide?

A: Maybe, we’ll have to think on that.

Q: I thought John Matthew knew about Butch and Xhex? (having slept together)

A: I think JM is going to have a hard time with it.

Q: Is JM a Brother?

A: Not yet but he will be; I just don’t know when.

Q: Is wrath ever going to see his son?

A: No, he’s blind and there’s no fixing it.

Q: Layla is having twins. Will that be a problem with the birth and one won’t be ready?

A: Welll…(there was a lot of side chatter that ended with): But I promised I was finished killing people and that both would make it…

Q: Now that iAm and Boo are BFFs, now that iAm’s not at home as much, will Boo go Ninja cat?

A: Boo will have separation anxiety.

Q: Why did Qhuinn only see one twin? (In his vision)

A: I would answer that, but I can’t.

Q: The Scribe Virgin has been missing. Why did she decide to make herself known when she did? (In The Shadows)

A: I think because she knew the suffering Selena’s death was causing, and that she felt motivated which I find interesting. Someone said that if, as a deity, if no one is worshipping you, then you are as good as dead. So maybe she’s realizing that. And you know the most logical person for her to end up with??(Crowd shouts: Lassiter) Right, so Vishous would be his stepson. That sh*t is hysterical. Call me Daddy!

Q: Vampires usually have one mate, so when Tohr goes to the Fade is it going to be like Sister Wives?

A: Yep, just like Sister Wives. Tonight is your night, tomorrow’s yours. I’m gonna divorce you to give the fourth wife healthcare….(laughter)

Q: Saxton’s HEA, could it be one of the recruits?

A:You’re just trying to get me to say! I know who it is. Just not telling you.

Q: With Layla, Xcor, and the twins, will they break the kids up?

A: Hell no. The solution is there, it’s just going to take us a while to get there.

Q: Can you tell us if there is one boy one girl?

A: I’m not saying.

Q: What is going on with the Scribe Virgin? We saw her for a hot second but what’s going on with her?

A: She needs to get laid in the worst way. She needs to run off to the Bahamas with Lassiter and watch Beaches and Maury.

Q: About the Legacy series and opening with Blood Kiss. Will there be a signing event?

A: Yes.

Q: Did I hear that Phury and Cormia have a son?

A: Aggie is Phury and Cormia’s son, yes.

Q: Process question: Do you write scenes down as they come, if they’re for the future?

A: No, it stays in my head. I also have a research assistant who helps keep things straight. Occasionally, we make mistakes but I don’t write it down.

Q: We know Butch and Manny are brothers. Could they be related to Michael in the Story of Son?

A: It wouldn’t surprise me if Michael was related to Murhder, with the hair. And it wouldn’t surprise me if Clare and Michael’s kids come into the BDB stories sometime in the future.

Q: Does Layla make it through the pregnancy?

A: Yes, she does.

Q: Are Cormia and Phury ready to have a baby?

A: Yes, they are.

Q: Are we going to get more Brothers coming through the training program and how?

A: Chosen will fall in love and have more children.

Q: So about the V, Lassiter, Throe conflict?

A: I can’t say anything about that.

Q: Layla’s babies, could one be Xcor’s and one be Qhuinn’s?

A: No, that’s not possible.

Q: Does Butch get sick of V’s music?

A: You wouldn’t win an argument with V over the lint in your own bellybutton, so Butch has gotten over it. And is probably deaf now.

Q: Butch needs a vampire little sister.

A: He’s great with kids, but I don’t see a sister right now.

Q: So, in the Legacy Series, we’ll have basic training flashbacks?

A: Yep, basically.

Q: I was glad that Trez got closure (by getting to see Selena in the Fade).

A: I knew that Trez had to go through the Cleansing, but I didn’t realize the purpose when I saw the scene. I thought it was wonderful that Trez was talking to Selena, even after she was gone. And, Trez had to come back in order for iAm to have his moment with maichen.

Q: Will we see a cure for this genetic disease?

A: I don’t know but this is the problem with a breeding program that has a limited gene pool.

Q: Will we see Butch and Marissa in Blood Kiss?

A: Yes, but we won’t see them have kids yet.

Q: Will Paradise be the only female in the training program?

A: Nope.

Q: Will we ever get movies?

A: The rights have been purchased for The Bourbon Kings and the BDB is being looked at again.

Q: Will JM and Blay be inducted into the BDB?

A: Yes but I don’t know when.

Q: Would you build the mansion, based on the images in your head?

A: I would love to have a miniature model built someday.

Q: Could you do more Slices of Life?

A: I don’t know about that or another Insider’s Guide. There just isn’t time.

Q: There will be a signing for the Bourbon Kings, and for The Training Center Legacy Series?

A: Yes, end of July for The Bourbon Kings, possibly something in Nashville and sometime in December for Blood Kiss.

Q: They consulted with Havers about twins and that sometimes the second twin develops late. You

slipped a line in about triplets being rare…is she going to have trips?

A: Nope.

Q: Will there be sisters inducted in BDB?

A: Yes.

Q: Back to Rhage’s mood issues. Could it be his dragon curse and the Chosen’s moods?

A: Nope, it’s survivor’s guilt. It’s almost impossible for him to get over the fact that Mary was saved and these other shellans weren’t. There is some sh*t for Mary and him to work out…but it will be fine. Women are really attracted to him. He sees no one but Mary, but if it were a matter of he’d been with another woman when they first got together, and for her there’s a kernel of insecurity, that’s going to have to come out.

Q: iAm is going to spend a lot of time in the Territory and Trez will be with the Brothers. Is it possible that Trez will become a Brother?

A: I think that might be a great solution for him. He’s definitely going to need something to focus on.

Q: You said that the Legacy series would be more focused, and you mentioned Butch and then Paradise and Craeg, so where’s the focus?

A: It would be split between Butch and then Paradise and Craeg. The Legacy series is a great opportunity for more traditional HEA (Happily Ever After) and to focus on the original Brothers and more details of their lives that I just can’t show in the bigger books.

Q: Do you have any advice for writers?

A: Runnnnn! Save yourself!!! Seriously, though, don’t listen to anyone. Write what’s in your head. I don’t believe in critique groups or creative writing classes. Don’t listen to anyone, including me. When in doubt write. Write even when you thinks its crap. Next piece of advice: educate yourself. Pick books you like and deconstruct them. Get a pad and pen and go through these books and decide what did you like. What worked? What did you like? What didn’t you like? This develops your inner editor, then apply that to your own work. The voices in your head and the pictures in your head will always be there. Don’t worry.

Q: How are Butch and Manny related?

A: They are half-brothers. They have the same father.

Thank you to everyone who came today!

My Sort-of Pick of the Week

Yes, I know, the title is not the most glowing recommendation for a pick of the week, but there is a reason. For some reason, I am having a bit of a hard time working up my excitement level for the Black Dagger Brotherhood book, The Shadows. But, on the other hand, it is a Black Dagger Brotherhood book, which pretty much makes it a pick of the week. You see the issue? As I have said numerous times before, J.R. Ward‘s BDB books are a solid favorite of mine, but I have to be in the right mood to read one since they are so…full. So many storylines and characters and plots going on at the same time that I have been known to wait months before I get myself psyched up to read one. It is looking like The Shadows might be on Mount TBR for a while, too…

the shadowsSynopsis…

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

So, that is my convoluted logic. What is your biggie for this week?

Cover Lover – Blood Kiss

It looks like J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger Legacy series covers will make a return to the old-school BDB style. Blood Kiss will be released on December 1st.

blood kissParadise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

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