Release Blitz – Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

 

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.

He was the nerd.

I was the playboy.

She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.

Amber never knew how I felt.

They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend— me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Mack Daddy:

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Dear Bridget, I Want You: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

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My Skylar

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Release Blitz – Darkest Hour by Bella Jewel

 

 

Title: Darkest Hour
Series: Iron Fury MC #3
Author: Bella Jewel
Genre: Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2018
Blurb

From the second you are born, the shaping begins.

Who you are.
Who you’ll become.
Where your life will lead.
What kind of heart you’ll have.
If you’ll be good, or bad.
From your very first breath, those around you influence
everything about you.
I was influenced by the worst. By a monster. A cold hearted,
soulless man.
But I got away.
I started fresh.
I reshaped myself. 
Only now, my past is catching up with me. 
My demons have returned.
And they’re back with a vengeance.
The only protection I have is a Motorcycle Club. 
I helped them. Now they’re helping me. 
With a large hit on my head, I’m hustled into the mountains
with one very broody, very angry, very gorgeous biker.
He has a mission. A secret bigger than even mine. 
And he wants the blood of the monster after me.
He’s been assigned to protect me.
He gets on every nerve I have left.
The tension between us is high. 
And we’re stuck alone.
In the middle of the wilderness.
Things are about to get…interesting. 
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Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella
has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013
she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling
modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her
writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Release Blitz – The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

Celebrate the Release of THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN!  

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the final installment in her sizzling O’Malleys family series, hailed as “The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet.” In THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN Dmitri Romanov must use his legendary focus and control to stay one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. 

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“The Bastard’s Bargain presents a seductive escape and a fulfilling fantasy for that bad boy craving a girl can never outgrow.”—Isha at Book Likes

“Keira and Dmitri are everything. What develops between them is raw and carnal and wanton. The way they need each other and the way they connect is beyond sexy. It’s something deep and dark and heartbreakingly beautiful.”—Eva, Goodreads Reviewer 

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Title: The Bastard’s Bargain

Author: Katee Robert

Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Grand Central/Forever

Series: The O’Malleys

Format: Digitial and Print

ASIN: B071ZYWPL5

Synopsis:

Married to the enemy 

When Keira O’Malley was a child, she used to picture her perfect wedding. The flowers. The dress. Her husband. But nothing could have prepared her for saying “I do” to Dmitri Romanov-cold, domineering, and always one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. She agreed to his bargain to secure peace for her family, and she may want the bastard more than she’d ever admit, but she’ll be damned if she’ll make this marriage easy for him.

Dmitri knows better than to underestimate Keira for one second. Molten desire smolders between them, a dangerous addiction neither can resist. But his enemies are already on the move, and he needs every ounce of his legendary focus and control to keep them alive. Keira could just be his secret weapon-if she doesn’t bring him to his knees first.

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The Bastard’s Bargain Excerpt

Copyright © 2018 Katee Robert

Dmitri Romanov didn’t permit himself to breathe a sigh of relief. This was only the first step in a path that could potentially span years. It didn’t matter. Keira was here—was his. He had time.

He watched her look around the inside of the town car, cataloging everything with those witchy hazel eyes of hers. The faint scent of pot filled the car, giving evidence to what she’d been up to when he called. The woman was a mess, but he’d known that from the moment he met her. Dmitri didn’t do projects. He preferred to be the one holding all the cards—it allowed him to anticipate how the people around him would act in any given situation.

He’d never been able to anticipate Keira. Not from the moment she picked his pocket and walked away from him as if she didn’t give a fuck about the danger he posed to her.

Likely because she has a goddamn death wish.

He’d deal with that, just like he’d deal with the rest of Keira’s issues. In time.

Right that moment, time was the one thing they didn’t have. Keira’s oldest brother would be returning to Boston within hours, and Dmitri fully intended to marry her before Aiden realized she was gone. It was significantly more difficult to oust a wife than it was a fiancée.

He had Keira now. He wasn’t going to let anyone take her.

She kicked her feet out, propping her chunky black boots on the seat. The long line of her bare legs drew his gaze up to her tiny sleep shorts. They were barely more than underwear, hugging her hips and ass. Her shirt wasn’t much better, for all that it was long-sleeved. It revealed a slice of pale stomach and was fitted enough that he had absolutely no doubts about the fact that Keira wore no bra. Her small breasts pressed against the fabric, and she shivered beneath the weight of his gaze.

Get control of yourself. He leaned forward and nudged her boots back to the floorboard. Taking Keira was part of the plan—fucking her in the backseat was not. “There’s no need for an adolescent tantrum.”

She laughed, the sound rough and pain filled. “God, would you listen to yourself? You just showed up at my window to lure me into the night—to a chapel—and now you’re bitching about my shoes on the seats? Russian, you have your priorities seriously out of order.” She flicked her long hair off her shoulder. She’d dyed it a harsh blond that seemed designed to highlight how unhealthily skinny she’d become in the last year.

She’s spiraling.

Not anymore.

“Our current situation is no reason to throw propriety out the window.” He sounded stuffy, and he hated it, but with her sitting so close, wearing clothing she’d just been sleeping in…Dmitri dragged in a breath. “Keep your shoes on the floor.”

“Or what?” She turned to face him. The move pulled her shirt even tighter against her chest, revealing the faintest outline of her nipples. Keira saw where his gaze went, and gave a bitter smile. “All the games, all the bullshit, and that hasn’t changed.” She leaned forward and hooked his collar with her finger, drawing him closer despite himself. “Tell me something, Romanov.”

“Hmm?” He dragged his gaze up to her mouth. The wicked curve of her lips was matched only by the words she threw into the space between them with such abandon. The woman wouldn’t know caution if it slapped her in the face.

“You’re dragging me to your cave to be your Bride of Frankenstein.” She shifted closer, her bare leg sliding over his slacks until her thigh came into contact with his cock.

He should move her. Set her back and explain that no matter what she thought of the situation, she wasn’t in control. But the ring he’d put on her finger winked at him, a reminder that Keira wasn’t the sister of his enemy anymore. She was his.

Or she would be in a few short hours.

He bracketed her thigh with a hand, keeping her in place, but didn’t touch her anywhere else. There was no masking his reaction to her, not in their position. Dmitri didn’t bother trying. “Calling me Frankenstein is more than a bit dramatic.”

She looked up at him, her eyes holding a question he didn’t have a satisfying answer to. “I think it’s time to stop being in denial, don’t you?”

He recognized the direction she was headed. “You know I want you. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t.”

Just like that, the shutters slammed down on her expression. She sat back and he let her go, watching her pull herself together. Her spine went ramrod straight, and she stared at the back of the driver’s head rather than at Dmitri. She crossed her arms over her chest. “No lies between us. That’s what you said. You want me, sure, but don’t pretend any of this bullshit has to do with sex. You need to prove what an international badass you are by marrying the sister of your enemy. An eye for an eye—a wife and a sister. Remember?”

He knew exactly what she was quoting. The note he’d had delivered to Aiden O’Malley just over a year ago. By my count, you owe me both a wife and a sister. I’ll be content with one of yours. He hadn’t realized Keira had seen it.

Twin possibilities spun out between them. She was scared and vulnerable, and if he told her that it was her he wanted and not what she represented, she would believe him. It would even be the truth, at least in part. He hadn’t been able to get Keira out of his head from the moment he met her, and he’d manipulated events to ensure they reached this exact moment.

Telling her that wasn’t telling her the full truth, though. This wasn’t some great love story where he’d been pining for her while her family kept them apart. Dmitri wanted her, yes. He craved the feeling of her body beneath his hands, her taste on his tongue, and her smart mouth around his cock.

But his craving her had no real relevance in the grand scheme of things. He needed one of the O’Malley daughters to regain his status after the blows the family had dealt him over the last two years. Keira was the only option left.

Liar.

It didn’t matter what the truth was, full or otherwise. What mattered was ensuring Keira toed the line. He sat back, trying to ignore the throbbing of his cock, and studied her. “You knew what this was when you climbed out your window and stepped between me and your brother.”

She finally met his gaze, her hazel eyes fiery in their defiance. “Yes, I did.”

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THE BASTARD’S BARGAIN

 

About Katee Robert

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Release Blitz – Tempting Love by Kelly Elliot

Can a woman actually make you feel like you’re losing your damn mind?

Yes.

If she is Corina Miller.

The only woman who has ever made me long for something more, and let me tell you, that has me all kinds of messed up. After months of ignoring my feelings, it’s clear to me I’ve fallen for those piercing blue eyes and sexy smile.

But is it too late?

Have I pushed her into the arms of someone else?

Hell no am I letting that happen.

I’m on a mission to win the heart of the only woman I’ve ever cared about—and the only thing standing in my way is one stubborn and pissed off Corina.

I always did like a challenge.

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I followed him, my hands shaking as I grew angrier by the second. “That’s it? You’re going to let me move out?”

Mitchell reached for his keys, then turned to me. “I can’t force you to stay here, Corina. If you’re unhappy, then yes, you should leave. Do I want you to? No, I don’t. I know I fucked up, but if you’re going to throw it in my face every goddamn chance you get, then you’re right, this won’t work.”

He headed to the stairs that led down to his front door. My heart raced, and I knew I couldn’t leave it like this. Closing my eyes, I called out to him. “Mitch! You never asked me to the Pecan Street Honky Tonk.”

Stopping, he looked back up at me. “What?”

I swallowed hard and took in a quick breath. “The dance, you never asked me. And well, Lane asked me.”

Sadness swept over his face. “What did you tell him?”

Wringing my hands together, I answered, “I haven’t responded…yet. I was waiting for you.”

Mitchell rushed back up the steps and stopped in front of me. I don’t think I’d ever felt my stomach dip like it did when he raced toward me. He cupped my face and leaned in. My chest rose and fell with each breath as I waited for him to speak. His touch sent a flurry of butterflies through my chest.

“Corina, will you go with me to the street dance next weekend?”

My teeth sank into my lip, and I watched as his eyes filled with lust.

“Yes.” I smiled and added, “But only as friends.”

The corner of his mouth rose into a sexy smirk. God, how I loved that smile of his. “It’s a date, then.”

“As friends,” I added.

He leaned down and pressed his lips to mine. Before I could even process his lips, they were gone and he was stepping back. “I’ll take it. For now.”

 

 

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

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Release Blitz – Indie and the Brother’s Best Friend by R. Linda

Title: Indie and the Brother’s Best Friend
A Scandalous Series Novel
Author: R. Linda
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Blurb
Being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back sucks.
Being in love with your brother’s best friend sucks even more, because
you know it can never happen. How tragic is that?
I’ve been in love with Lincoln Andrews since we were kids and he stuck
up for me against my brother and played tea parties with me in the treehouse.
I’ve also avoided him for the past year because he broke my heart…more than
once.
Now we’ve been thrown together at a tropical resort to celebrate my
parents’ second wedding, and things are intense and getting worse, no thanks to
an insane plan my friends cooked up to get me my dream man.
No one else even comes close to what Linc means to me. He’s always
there for me, but is it because he cares for me too—or only because I’m his
best friend’s little sister?
It’s time I find out once and for all…but what if our crazy plan blows
up in my face and ruins everything?

 

 

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I smiled at
her. It wasn’t a friendly smile. It was sinister. Her eyes widened, and she moved
back on the rock, knowing I was coming for her.
“You better
lose that dress real quick, Princess. I’d hate for it to get wrecked.” I crept
closer. Panic marred her features. She knew all too well that I meant what I
said.
“You
wouldn’t.” She held her hands out to stop me.
“Come on,
you know me better than that. You’re getting in this water. It’s just up to you
whether your pretty dress is coming in with you.” I turned my back to her. “You
have until the count of three. If you’re not in the water by then, I’m turning
around regardless of whether you’re still dressed or not.”
“Linc, I’m
not skinny-dipping with you.” Her voice quivered a touch with nerves.
I chuckled.
“No one said anything about skinny-dipping, but please don’t let me stop you if
you feel inclined to swim naked.” I reached for the waistband of my boxers, and
intending to mess with her a little more, I removed them completely. “I might
just join you.” I threw my underwear over my shoulder and onto the rock.
I was
surely going to hell for this.
“Linc! Oh,
my god!” I looked over my shoulder at her to find her face buried in her hands.
“To the
count of three, Indie,” I warned one last time.
She huffed.
What was I
doing? She was Nate’s sister.
“One.”
And she had
Jack-ass for a boyfriend.
“Two.”
She was
completely off limits.
“Three.”
It was
silent. I turned to find her standing on the rock, twisting her hands nervously
in front of her. Her dress…at her feet.
I gulped.
Lace. White lace. Matching.
Hell.
I was going to hell.
And I didn’t care. I didn’t care that she was
Nate’s sister. I didn’t care that she had a boyfriend. I didn’t care that she
was entirely off limits. She was mine. Always had been.
And one way or another, I wasn’t
leaving this island without getting what I wanted.
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R. Linda drinks wine and writes books.
A coffee addicted, tattoo enthusiastic fangirl with a slight obsession for a particular
British boy band and solo artist, she is a writer of Contemporary YA/NA Romance
and Suspense, sometimes dabbling in Paranormal as well.
Renee lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons. When not writing she can often be found reading books to her children and cuddling up with them on the couch to watch their favourite movies.
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Release Blitz – Reckless by Brittany Crowley

 

Title: Reckless

Series: Bound by Cage #4

Author: Brittany Crowley

Genre: Sports Romance

Release Date: January 24, 2018

 

Blurb

 

Kyle- I’m MMA’s notorious bad boy, taking down opponents is what I do
best. Groupies fall at my feet and everyone bends over backwards to please me.


In my world I’m the king.

But what if living my life full throttle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?
Looking into my son’s eyes makes me realize there’s more… maybe I’ve screwed
up these last five years. But can I change?

Sophie- Sometimes in life timing is everything. I was meant to love Kyle Cage
but it wasn’t our time. Our story wasn’t meant to be written.

Instead I was left with a broken heart and a little boy that reminds me
everyday of the man I loved so many years ago. But my son makes me want to do
better, be stronger and I’m determined to give us a good life.



Now Kyle’s back in town and he wants a chance to know his son, to be in our
lives. Can I get past the hurt? Can he be the father Gabe deserves?



Time will tell. I just hope my heart holds out long enough for him to prove
himself.

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Brittany Crowley was born and raised in Massachusetts. She still lives there today with her husband and 3 kids. Getting into the world of romance after she had her first child, she was hooked. Though she had many ideas in her head, Brittany was unsure if she had what it took to become a writer. A few encouraging words and one writing challenge later, she completed her first book. Now you can find her trying to keep up with her crazy kids and writing any chance she gets.
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Release Blitz – Angel’s Halo: Fallen Angel by Terri Anne Browning

Title: Angel’s Halo: Fallen Angel
Series: Angel’s Halo MC #6
Author: Terri Anne Browning
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 23, 2018

 

Blurb
There are always casualties of war…
Matt
When I lost Rory, I lost everything. Her father ripped her
away from me, and I didn’t see her again for three long years.
Now, she is back in my life, and I’m not about to let anyone
take her away from me again.
Rory
My heart stopped the second I heard about the explosion, and
it didn’t beat again until I knew Matt was safe. But even as my prayers were
answered, my heart hurt for him. 
While I couldn’t stop Matt’s pain at losing Tanner, maybe I
could stop my father from destroying the MC.

 

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Chapter One
Rory
Three Years Earlier



“AURORA? HONEY, IS THAT YOU?” 

I paused outside my mother’s bedroom, frozen as I fought internally with
whether or not to go in. My mom had been bedridden for the last three weeks.
When I saw her the day before, she had looked even more fragile than the day
before that. She was getting sicker by the day—by the damn hour—and it hurt to
see her that way. 
She had only been diagnosed with gastric lymphoma two months ago, but the
doctors said there was nothing they could do. It had been left too long, and it
had already spread. If she was lucky, she would have six months. At least, that
was what they had said four weeks ago. But that was before Sabrina Michaels
hadn’t been able to get out of bed. It was before she had started vomiting
blood at the end of every day. It was before she had given up. 
Now, hospice came in once a day, to make sure she was comfortable, and to make
sure the new live-in nurse my father had hired knew what to do in case something
happened. 
Because it could happen any day now. There was no way to determine just how
long my mother had, and it was breaking my heart. 
Slowly, I opened the door to the bedroom that had been my mother’s sanctuary
for years, her own little slice of heaven that only a few people in the
universe were allowed to share with her. I was one of the lucky few, but that
privilege didn’t extend to my father. They had kept separate rooms since before
I was a teenager. 
My gaze went straight to the hospital bed that was only one of many new
additions to the décor of the room. There was a heart monitor on a rolling cart
beside the bed, along with an IV stand, pushing fluids and blood into Mom. She
had a feeding tube in now because eating just wasn’t possible these days. 
Timidly, I approached the bed, and my mother gave me a weak smile as she lifted
a thin hand. 
“How was your date last night, my love?” 
My own smile was shaky, but I forced it to stay in place as I sat on the edge
of the hospital bed that practically swallowed up the tiny woman. “Matt took me
out to this old field, and we watched stars for a few hours.” 
It wasn’t a complete lie. We had gone to an old field, and he had spread out a
thick blanket. He’d held me close while shooting stars had fallen across the
sky, but my eyes hadn’t been on them. They had been wet and swollen as I had
cried out my grief for my mother against his chest. 
He hadn’t said a word the entire time. Just rubbed his fingers up and down my
back and let me cry it all out because he knew how much my mom meant to me. He
knew how much I was going to lose when she took her last breath. Sabrina wasn’t
just my mom. She was my best friend, and when she passed away, it would be just
my father and me. 
A man who would try to control every aspect of my life. But Mom had stood in
his way for years now, ensuring that I had my own life, that I could be free
from him and his manipulations. Once she was gone, though, that would change.
We all knew that. 
“He sounds like a good boy,” my mother murmured now, but I heard the underlying
question. 
“He is a good boy,” I assured her with a slightly stronger smile this time. But
this time, I was telling her a full-blown lie. 
Matt Reid wasn’t a boy; he was a man. His twenty-one to my seventeen could cause
some serious trouble if we weren’t careful. And being a part of the Angel’s
Halo MC probably didn’t make him a “good boy,” not when both my father and
Creswell Springs’ DA were constantly trying to arrest someone from the
motorcycle club. I wasn’t stupid; I knew Matt probably did illegal things when
he was off on “runs” that took him away from me for days at a time. 
The truth was, I didn’t care what he was doing for the MC when he left. All I
cared about was that he stayed loyal to me, that he only ever loved me, and
that it was my mouth he kissed like he couldn’t get enough of my taste when he
got home. That was all that mattered to me. I could live with the rest. 
“We haven’t had sex yet,” I assured her when she continued to just look up at
me with that question in her eyes. “We want to wait until the time is
right.” 
Which could have been any day in the three months since I had met him. Lord
knew I would have willingly handed over my virginity to him the first time I
had seen him at Hannigans’ the night I’d gone in on a dare. But like everyone
else in Creswell Springs, he had known exactly who I was. Which meant he knew
just how old I was, and while some of the brothers in his club were into
jailbait, he wasn’t one of them. 
But he was just as addicted to me as I was to him, and instead of telling me to
fuck off, he had asked to see me again. He called me every day, texted me all
the time, and we saw each other as much as possible without my father finding
out. Because if Derrick Michaels ever figured out that his only child was
dating one of the MC members, he would lose his mind—and then arrest
Matt. 
“Tell me what else you’ve been up to,” Mom urged as she shifted uncomfortably,
repositioning herself until she could find a small semblance of relief. 
I reached for the IV stand and picked up the little button that would
automatically dispense the powerful narcotics that would ease her pain. 
“No, darling. Don’t do that just yet. I lose track of time when I use those
damned meds. They confuse me, and I want to focus on you right now.” 
Hating that she was in pain, but wanting to give her what she asked for, I
replaced the button and sat back, filling her in on everything that had
happened since I had seen her the evening before. There wasn’t much to tell her,
so I told her more about my date with Matt. 
“He keeps talking about the future, as if he wants me to be a part of his life
forever.” 
Mom’s green eyes, which had once been the same shade as mine, were now dimmed
with the yellowing of the whites from jaundice and the pain she was in
constantly. But they brightened just a little when I told her about Matt. “He
really does sound like a good boy, Aurora.” 
“I love him, Mom,” I confessed. It was the first time I had said it out loud to
anyone other than Matt, but it felt good to tell her. 
“It makes me feel better that you will have someone who will be here for you
when I’m gone,” she murmured weakly, leaning her head back and closing her
eyes. 
Tears instantly pricked my eyes, but I held them back like a levee holding back
the sea. “Don’t talk like that, Mom. We still have plenty of time
together.” 
We both knew I was only lying to myself, and when she opened her pain-filled
eyes, the look in them told me that. “It won’t be long now, my baby. I can feel
myself fading a little more every hour.” 
“Mom, no,” I whispered brokenly. 
“Yes, sweetheart. But I want you to know that I love you. You were the best
thing to ever happen to me. You are my greatest joy and my greatest sorrow.”
Two fat tears fell from her eyes, but she didn’t seem to have the strength to
lift her hands and wipe them away. 
Reaching for a tissue, I mopped away the tears and tightened the hold on my
own. “I love you too, Mom. You are my best friend. You’re my favorite person in
the world, and I don’t want to lose you.” 
“You won’t,” she whispered. “I will always be here for you. I will always take
care of you and watch over you.” Her icy fingers wrapped around my wrist and
tightened so hard I knew she was using the last of her energy to do it. “When
you turn twenty-one, you won’t ever have to worry about anything. I’ve made
sure of that. Just try to put up with your father until then, Aurora. After
your twenty-first birthday, you can walk away from him and never look back, I
promise.” 
“I don’t want anything but you!” I whispered as the first tear broke the
barrier and spilled free. “I would give up everything if I could keep you,
Mommy.” 
Weak hands pulled my head down onto her chest, and my tears flooded over my
lashes, soaking into her silky nightgown. “Shh, my baby. It will be okay. I
promise. You’ll be just fine.”

 

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Author Bio

Terri Anne Browning is multiple USA TODAY bestselling
author. Being dyslexic, she never thought a career in writing would be
possible, yet she has been on best selling lists multiple times since 2013.
Reese: A Safe Haven Novella was her first Indie published book. The Rocker Who
Holds Me changed the tables and kicked off The Rocker… series featuring the
sinfully delicious members of Demon’s Wings. The Rocker… Series is now
complete with 12 books and the occasional novella. Other books by Terri Anne
include the Angel’s Halo MC Series, as well as The Lucy & Harris Novella
Series, The Vitucci Mafiosos Series, and The Tainted Knights Rocker Series.
Terri Anne lives in Virginia with her husband, their three
demons—err, children–and a hyper Frenchie named Grunt.
Terri Anne’s Reading Order:
Angel’s Halo MC Series:
Angel’s Halo
Angel’s Halo: Entangled
Angel’s Halo: Guardian Angel
Angel’s Halo: Reclaimed
Angel’s Halo: Atonement

Angel’s Halo: Fallen Angel

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