Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Review: Jo Watson's "After the Rain (Destination Love #4)."

Amazon.com: Not currently available.

Synopsis: 

Some opposites attract; some rip each other's clothes off.

Stormy-Rain and Marcus could not be more different: she's a free-spirited, rainbow-haired hippie; he wears a suit and over-shines his already too-shiny shoes. She believes in auras; he's governed by logic and doesn't believe in Fate. But Fate believes in them...

So what happens when their worlds collide - and they are forced to embark on an epic road trip to catch a plane to a wedding on the other side of the world?

The clock is ticking...and they're seriously ticking each other off. But Stormy and Marcus are about to discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Review: Jo 

I adored every single thing about this book. "After The Rain" was an opposites attract kinda romance that melted my heart and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. Jo Watson has once again delivered another novel that I fell head-over-heels in love with. 

"I adore you"
"You do?"
"I'd be mad not to."

There were so many things that I enjoyed about this novel. I absolutely loved Stormy-Rain. She was such a fun character. I loved how she was always putting the wrong words into familiar phrases, making me giggle. Stormy-Rain had a huge amount of love and kindness for everyone that she met. This girl and an enormous heart. She truly made a wonderful heroine to root for. As for Marcus, I loved the development of his character. How he changed from someone who appeared to be the last person I would have put with someone like Stormy-Rain, to a man that embraced all of her quirky ways and fell crazy in love with her.

"Up until this moment he'd been living in monotones, 
and now everything was full color, Bright, explosive, dazzling color 
and he didn't know if he would ever be able to go back to beige again." 

The progression of this couple's relationship was something that gave me so much joy. They had so many hilarious adventures together as they attempted to get to Prague for a wedding. It reminded me a little of the movie "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", only with a lot of steamy sex thrown in. I especially liked the scene in the lift. That was smokin' hot! Another thing that made the story so brilliant for me was the most perfect epilogue that I swooned my way through. It contained everything I wanted to read from the final chapter. I also enjoyed catching up with Lucy and Damien from "Burning Moon" again. But, if you haven't read any of the books from this series, it really doesn't matter because it can also be read as a standalone. 

"This perky, cake-covered, rainbow-haired woman standing before him-
she was his perky, cake-covered, rainbow-haired. 
And God, he loved her." 

As you can see, this book just made my month. If you one-click this one, you are in for a delicious heartwarming treat. After the Rain gets my first (and possibly only) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ of the month.


Monday, 18 June 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Magan Vernon's "Love Like Crazy (Friendship, Texas #5)."


Synopsis: 

Friendship, Texas just got a little bit crazier with gruff Army veteran, Clay Carrington, and Q Ranch heiress Christy Quinn's world's colliding.

Vegas was a trip, and that was an understatement. An understatement I couldn't remember and that included the brunette in my bed.
That is until my pounding headache had me getting up for a glass of water and I saw the marriage license on the ground.
The words: Clay Carrington and Christy Quinn and holy matrimony staring me in the face.
I came to Vegas to get away, and the bratty owner's daughter of the ranch wanted to come with. I didn't even like the boss's daughter, let alone want to marry her.
I guess things the happened in Vegas had a way of following you home.

Review: Jo 

"Love Like Crazy" was a fun romance that I enjoyed from beginning to end. What I loved the most about this novel was the two main characters. I also liked the story which kept me engrossed with every turn of the page. This was only my second read from Magan Vernon but I will definitely be reading more of this author's work in the future. 

"Kissing him was like getting a drink of water after a long hot day, 
and I drank up every bit of him, never wanting to let go." 

The story of mo-hawked cowboy, Clay and the boss's daughter, Christy was an enemies-to-lovers story which was filled with entertaining dialogue and sexy and swoony moments. Clay and Christy were brilliant characters, really easy to like and become invested in their relationship. I found myself smiling and chuckling at the development of their romance. How the pair were pretending to not like one other but were secretly lusting over each other. I couldn't wait for this couple to realise their true feelings. I wanted to see Clay and Christie together. 

"In this world of everything crazy, you're the one who stands out. 
The one who makes me a better me. 
The one I can be myself. The one I love."

If you love a bit of angst and a whole lot of cute romance, this one could be for you. 

"Love Like Crazy" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.



About Magan Vernon:

Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Review: Penelope Douglas's "Birthday Girl."

Amazon.com:     https://amzn.to/2JGGOTG
Amazon UK:      https://amzn.to/2LJwif1

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestselling author Penelope Douglascomes a new forbidden love story…

JORDAN

He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe. 

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work. 

I have to stop this. It can’t happen. 

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable. 

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. 

I am. 

PIKE

I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement. 

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to. 

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me. 

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight. 

And her boyfriend’s father. 

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

Review: Surj

Not every lie is meant to hurt someone. 

Penelope Douglas's "Birthday Girl" was a book that I took a chance on. The author is new to me and I just so happen to be flicking through Amazon's kindle unlimted section when this popped up with a gazillion 5 stars. I had a quick scan of the synopsis and thought hell why not give it a go. To be honest, in my head I did think (based on the synopsis) the story could have gone one of two ways: sordid, sleazy and kinda icky or swoon worthy and tastefully done and thank god it was the latter. Seriously this author had me eating out of the palm of her hands right from the first chapter and very quickly I became a part of the cheerleading squad for Pike and Jordan. I felt no guilt, no shame, no remorse, just sheer giddiness at all the possibilities. 

A ship at harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are for. 

If you're looking for a fast paced romance then this just isn't that at all. Instead "Birthday Girl" was a slow burner of a forbidden love story that I savoured every bit of. I loved the anticipation that built up the more pages I read. I couldn't get enough of the sexual tension that had my stomach in knots with excitement. And I adored the characters, oh the characters... where do I even begin? 

Pike Laswon... even now the very thought of that man send me weak at the knees. He was just so freakin' swoon worthy. I love the older guy but not the older guy because hell, 38 is not old!!! 38 is just all kinds of experience and sexiness and hotness ladies and Pike was just all of those things and so much more. I loved his character. He was a hard grafter who enjoyed a quiet life But that wasn't it. Maybe it was the fact that he didn't give much away or maybe it was the fact that he'd been pooped on from a great height in a previous life and he hadn't deserved a single ounce of it. Or maybe it's just the natural born fixer in me who wanted to make everything better for this man. Either way, I fell for Pike Lawson hook, line and sinker. 

"We don't need food to survive this life as much as we need 
our hearts broken at least once. But the best part is, 
the first break is always the worst. It'll never feel this bad again."

Jordan had been let down by people all her life. Her parents, her partners, you name it, they'd treated her badly and this saddened me. It really did because I saw a woman trying to better herself, working her ass off to get an education so she could make something of her life but it seemed that at every turn, luck just wasn't on her side. She always saw the good in people. She always gave people the benefit of the doubt and unfortunately this didn't work in her favour. I rooted for Jordan because she was the underdog and she deserved so much more that what she was getting. She deserved love and happiness but I feared that wouldn't happen until she woke up and smelled the coffee. 

“Birthday wishes don’t always come true, 
so I don’t waste a chance when I blow out a candle.”

"Birthday Girl" was easily a ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ read from me. The angst, the heart ache, the hope for happiness. The hero, the heroine, the villains and the good guys. The writing, the plot and the pace of the story and the way everything seemed to fit just seamlessly together. All of these things really helped to make this one of my favourites of this year. I have a feeling I'll be reading more from this author, especially if she writes her heroes like Pike Laswon. Did I tell you how much I loved him???? Lol. If you haven't read "Birthday Girl," I couldn't recommend it enough (and if you're on kindle unlimited, you have no excuse because it's on there!!!). 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Review: Angel Payne's "Bolt: Volume 1(Bolt #1-3)."


Synopsis: 

Working the night shift at one of Downtown LA’s hottest hotels, Emmalina Crist has had her fair share of strange encounters—but none of them have prepared her for meeting Reece Richards, the charismatic bad boy of the Richards Resorts dynasty. Emma and Reece share an experience unlike anything they could have imagined, leaving Reece enraptured and Emma weighing the consequences of this supercharged night of passion with her boss.
But Emma learns fighting the flames only fans them, as Reece saves her life and is compelled to reveal his true identity as Bolt, the city’s superhero savior. She’s always wanted more than just a typical relationship, but falling in love with the man behind the mask is one electrifying ride. Defining their relationship is no easy task—particularly while they’re being subjected to the media’s spotlight, their families’ intrusions, and racing to stay one step ahead of the fringe scientists who want to get Reece back on their lab table.
Emma is helpless to resist Reece’s passion and power. He’s bolted her heart and soul forever. But can she reach beyond the normal expectations of reality, and even herself, to fight for the one ultimate superpower—true love? 


Review-Jo 

I loved Angel Payne's "Misadventures with a Superhero", so discovering that the story was going to continue on in a brand new series was the best kind of news. I couldn't wait for more Bolt and Emma. In this first part of the story, I had the pleasure of rereading the parts that I had already in the Misadventures novel, plus new extra scenes. Angel Payne didn't let me down. I enjoyed everything that I was reading.

"He's untamed shrapnel in my mouth, everywhere at once, 
setting me a fire with every sweep of his tongue."

I absolutely loved being reunited with Reece and Emma again. Reece was the most swoon-worthy man and Emma made the perfect heroine, able to deal with all of the drama that comes with dating a superhero. Together they shared such electrifying chemistry that it bounced off the pages. Their sex scenes were hotter than hell and they also had a whole lot of tender moments too. I adored this couple and can't wait for the rest of their story to play out in "Ignite." 

"It's frenzied, fiery, passionate, and frightening-
and I never want it to be any other way." 

The first book in Bolt and Emma's exciting series made my pulse race and my heart skip-a-beat. I loved the style of writing, fell even more in love with the characters and there were moments that I didn't want to be parted from my kindle. I wholeheartedly recommend reading this superhero romance. 

"She's my hurricane. My cyclone. My blizzard. My force of nature."

"Bolt" gets 4.5 ❤️'s from me.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Blog Tour: Pepper Winters "The Girl and her Ren (The Ribbon Duet # 2)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Pepper Winters "The Girl and her Ren (The Ribbon Duet # 2)."


Synopsis:

“What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No…that’s not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does? 
I’ll tell you what you do.
You hope.”

REN
Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.

DELLA
I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.
I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that.

Review: Surj 

Type... delete... type... delete... this is me trying to put into words my feelings on Pepper Winters "The Girl and her Ren." But whatever I write just doesn't seem to do this book justice. My words just feel like they are enough to convey the emotions I'm feeling right now as I've turned the last page on what has been such a devastingly beautiful story of life, love, hope and sacrifice. Della and Ren's journey is one that will be talked about in years to come. Why? Because it was different. It was unique and I love how this author was brave enough to take a risk that (for me) has absolutely paid off. 

"I always knew you were trouble, Della Ribbon."
'And I always knew you were it for me, Ren Wild."

"The Girl and her Ren" begins exactly where "The boy and his Ribbon" ended but to be honest, as I did with my review for the first book, I'm not going to go into the plot line at all because that would spoil it for you as future readers of this duet and I don't want to be held responsible for ruining your enjoyment of this story. What I will say is, there are parts that may make you feel uncomfortable because, well the book does touch on taboo subject matters and honestly, I'll put my hands up and say, I did wonder whether I'd be able to overcome that. However this author (as always) weaved her magic and ensured that I was able to look beyond that and by the end of the book, it wasn't even a fleeting thought. 

There was nothing civil about us. We were animals. Dirty, filthy animals
that had reached a dirty, filthy level and had nowhere else to go.

Also, there was a part in the first half of the book where I found myself just coasting along with Della and Ren, lazily following their journey and kinda wondering where Pepper Winters could possibly take this story. I got complacent. I admit it. I shouldn't have because now that I've finished the book I know why everything was the way it was. Everything has its place in a book. Everything is written is a particular way for a reason. I should have known this from this author. I should have known that she wouldn't just drag the story out for no reason. Nope, she was laying the foundations for what was to come and in hindsight I can see that now. Pay attention to everything you read peeps. Immerse yourselves into the lives of this two brave, courageous, wonderful characters and feel everything they go through and wait, just wait for the moment everything falls into place. Mark my words, it will happen and when it does .... wow just wow!!!!!! 

"I hate you because I love you. 
... I hate you because I won't survive."

Della and Ren's story was never going to be an easy one to read. This couple had been through so much as kids but then as adults too. This authors writing truly helped to bring their journey to life both with her writing and her ability to make me visualise the story that played out before my very eyes. What else is there to say other than read this duet. Be brave. Be bold. Take a chance. You won't regret it. "The Girl and her Ren" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

"Wild forever and always." 


Oh and on a side note, the day after I finished "The Girl and her Ren" I was driving home and this song came on the radio and OMG, it was meant for Ren and Della. In my head, this was their song for sure!!!!      Singer: Sara Ramirez  Song Title: The Story    



Excerpt: 

The fallen papers crunched beneath my boot as I shifted my weight, leaning into her, seeking an answer. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

She flinched, her eyes closing beneath an avalanche of pain.

This hurt.

Everything hurt.

“Della…please.” My calloused thumbs caressed her silky-soft skin, catching on her young perfection with my older imperfection.

Ten years separated us.

Ten years was an eternity when she was a babe and I was a boy, but now…it no longer held such power. I refused to let it because I didn’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t touch her the way I was touching her now.

She laughed quietly, full of torture and tragedy. “I did tell you. In a roundabout way.”

“You didn’t.”

“But I did.” She dared meet my eyes. “I never understood how I could touch you, hug you, kiss you, and you never knew. I didn’t know how I could hide my jealousy when you were with Cassie or later with your one-night stands. I lay awake at night analysing every sentence I said to you, amazed that you never heard what I’d been shouting for longer than I could remember.”

About the Author:

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years. 

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

Twitter: @PepperWinters
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Review:Jo Watson's "Burning Moon (Destination Love #1)."


Synopsis: 

Jo Watson's Burning Moon, the runaway Wattpad sensation, brings you laughter, adventure and a love story to give you the warm-and-fuzzies.

Chase your dreams. Dance under the stars. Fall in love at the festival of Burning Moon.

WARNING: Being jilted at the altar in front of 500 wedding guests can lead to irrational behaviour, such as going on your honeymoon to Thailand alone.

On the way to paradise, symptoms may include getting arrested, setting yourself on fire, turning up on a 'Missing Poster' and going viral.

Side-effects may include desert island stranding, star gazing and jungle trekking.

Recovery will lead to partying the night away at Burning Moon festival - and falling in love with the person you least expect...

Review: Jo 

Jo Watson's "Love To Hate You" is one of my top reads from this year so far, so I was eager to read more of her work and I wasn't disappointed. "Burning Moon" was a standalone romantic comedy that made the perfect summer read. I thoroughly enjoyed the hilarious story of jilted bride, Lilly and her holiday romance hero, Damien. 

"I’d opened myself up to him and he’d filled me with love."

After her wedding day went horribly wrong, this story saw Lilly taking herself off on her honeymoon for one. From then on the story was was filled with hilarious adventures as Lilly discovered a new side of herself. Lilly was a such a fun character.I adored her and loved reading about the scenarios she found herself in. Lilly just couldn't avoid a calamity. Something always went wrong for her. 

"I wanted to walk away from this with his mark on my body. 
I wanted to be branded by him. His possession."

Damien was the complete opposite to the usual men in Lilly's world, but to her surprise, he turned out to be the love of her life. Damien took Lilly on an holiday that she would never forget. A holiday that was filled with sexual chemistry, lust and love. It was also set in beautiful Thailand, with an endless supply of sun, sea and sand. It sounded heavenly. 

"I needed Damien in my life as much as I needed air to breathe."

If you are looking for a romantic and amusing beach read, look no further. This book was everything that I had anticipated. My only complaint was that it ended with no epilogue. I need to find out if Lilly and Damien are featured in any other books because I'm not ready to say goodbye just yet. I will definitely be reading more from this series. 

"Lilly, you’re the first thing I think about when I open my eyes in the morning 
and the last thing on my mind when I go to sleep.”

"Burning Moon" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Review: Tiffany Reisz's "The Chateau (The Original Sinners #9)."


Synopsis: 

As the Jack-of-All-Wicked-Trades for a secretive French military intelligence agency, 24-year-old Lieutenant Kingsley Boissonneault has done it all—spied, lied, and killed under orders. But his latest assignment is quite out of the ordinary. His commanding officer's nephew has disappeared inside a sex cult, and Kingsley has been tasked with bringing him home to safety. 

The cult’s holy book is Story of O, the infamous French novel of extreme sado-masochism. Their château is a looking-glass world where women reign and men are their willing slaves. Or are they willing? It’s Kingsley’s mission to find out.

Once inside the château, however, Kingsley quickly falls under the erotic spell cast by the enigmatic Madame, a woman of wisdom, power, and beauty. She offers Kingsley the one thing he’s always wanted. But the price? Giving up forever the only person he’s ever loved.

The Chateau is a new standalone Original Sinners novel from international bestseller Tiffany Reisz, author of The Siren and The Lucky Ones.

Review: Jo 

Tiffany Reisz's "Original Sinners" gang are easily my favourite book characters of all time. I absolutely love reading about their adventures together and the depth of their feelings they share for one another makes my heart melt. When I open an "Original Sinners" series book, it's like being reunited with dear old friends and I couldn't be happier. I was left heartbroken when Tiffany wrote the last ever book in the series. However, having these extra surprise novels that Tiffany has written since "The queen" has pleased me no end. They really are characters that I don't ever want to say goodbye to. In "The Chateau", I was transported back in time to a twenty-four year old Kingsley Edge who was now a spy living in Paris. I loved meeting a young Kingsley and discovering what his life was like during his time in France. The story that followed was an erotic tale of mystery and intrigue as Kingsley finds his way into the chateau and uncovers what truly goes on behind closed doors.

"If you're not careful, you'll end up falling in love with this place."
"I'm not careful." 

I enjoyed every minute of this book. I was entranced by the story that played out before me and riveted by what was happening to Kingsley. In a way I felt a lot like this was a kind of prequel to the life that Kingsley later created for himself in his club and his life in New York. The story that unfolds in this novel definitely left its mark on Kingsley, that's for sure. 

"I will cut your heart open, Kingsley. Cut it open like a surgeon. 
And you might not like what we find inside.What do you say to that."
"I'd say...my scalpel or yours."

With brilliant writing, a bucket load of kink and a few surprising plot twists, this is a must for all Original Sinners fans, but can also be read as a standalone. I am now adding "The Story of O" to my TBR. It sounds like my kind of read. 

"One of these days he would have to figure out why he was always falling for sadists." 

"The Chateau" gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️ from me.



Excerpt: 

The dream always begins the same way. In the winter. In the woods. 

Kingsley stands in snow surrounded by shadows. None of the shadows are his because he’s not really there. He leaves no footprints as he walks. He does not see his steaming breath as he breathes. He is a ghost in this white forest, but he is not the only ghost here.

Before him stands a door. 

It’s an arched wooden door alone in the woods. It belongs to an old chapel, but there is no church here, no chapel, no house. Only a door. Kingsley can walk around the door, but nothing will happen. Nothing will happen at all until he steps through it. The iron latch is cold enough to bite his bare fingers, but he doesn’t feel this either. He lifts it and passes through the door, because that is where the boy in white waits for him.

The moon is full and high, and the snow is bright, and he can see the young man so clearly it’s almost as if it were daytime, almost as if it weren’t a dream at all.

The boy in the clearing is beautiful, his hair so blond it looks almost white. His hair is white and his clothes are white, not snow white but a purer white, a baptismal white. 

Kingsley speaks a word—either the boy’s name or “sir.” When he wakes he can never remember what word he says. 

The boy, luminous in his pure white clothing, stands next to a table made of rough stone and on the stone table is a chess board made of ice. 

Even though it is a dream, and no one has spoken but him, Kingsley knows he is supposed to sit and stay and play the game. It’s the rules. If he doesn’t play, he’ll wake up, and the last thing he wants is to wake up now, to wake up ever. 

He sits opposite the young man with the white-blond hair. The chess board is between them. Everything is between them.

Kingsley moves his pawn.

“You’re not really here,” Kingsley says to the boy with the snowy hair and the silver eyes. The boy’s beauty renders the dream a nightmare because Kingsley knows when morning comes, the boy will be gone and nowhere does such beauty exist among his waking hours. Not anymore. 

“How do you know?” the boy asks, moving his king.

“You look eighteen,” Kingsley says, moving another pawn. “You’re twenty-five now. I’m twenty-four.”

The boy moves his king again. “In your memory I’m eighteen.” 

“That isn’t how you play,” Kingsley says. “You can’t move the king like that.”

“It’s my game,” the boy in white says. “I move my king however I want. Don’t you remember? Don’t you remember the way I moved my King anywhere and everywhere I wanted him to go?”

Even in the snow and the cold, Kingsley grows warm. 

“I remember.”

Kingsley moves his bishop.

The boy in white moves his king again.

“I don’t know how to win this game,” Kingsley says. “How can I win if I don’t know the rules?” 

The boy in white narrows his silver eyes at him. “You’ve already won.”

“I have?”

“To play is to win, if you’re playing with me. Isn’t that true?” the boy asks with an arrogant smile in his eyes. 

Kingsley knows this is true though it galls him to admit it. He doesn’t care who wins the game as long as the game between them goes on forever. He moves another pawn and the boy in white captures it. 

To be the pawn captured in that boy’s hand…

“How do you keep finding me?” Kingsley asks.

“You came to me,” the boy says. “I’m always here.”

“I lost you,” Kingsley says. “Seven years ago. I lost you.”

“No,” the boy says, smiling for the first time. His face is like Michelangelo’s David, passive and powerful and carved from pale marble. His eyes are granite and if Kingsley had a chisel he knows he could chip away at the boy’s chest until he uncovered an iron and copper wire heart beating inside a steel ribcage.

“No?”

“You lost you,” the boy says. The smile is gone and it has begun to snow again. When it snows, Kingsley knows the dream is almost over. All he wants to do is stay asleep a little longer. All he wants to do is stay asleep forever.

“How do I find you again?” Kingsley asks. “Please, tell me before I wake.”

“You don’t find me,” the boy says. “I find you.”

“Find me then.”

“When it’s time.”

“When will it be time?” 

The boy in white moves his hands over the board and Kingsley looks down. The ice king lays on the board broken in two pieces. 

“When?” Kingsley asks. He is a child again, asking a thousand questions in the quest for a single answer. The snow is falling harder now, heavy as rain and hot as tears. “Tell me when, please…” 

The boy leans across the board as if to kiss him, but instead of a kiss, Kingsley is given an answer. 

“When you find you.” 

Between the kiss and the answer, Kingsley would have picked the kiss.

About Tiffany Reisz:

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today bestselling author of the Original Sinners series for Mira Books and Mills & Boon, including the RT Book Reviews Best Erotic Romance 2012 winner The Siren and the LAMBDA Literary Award-winning The King. Her novel The Saintwon the Romance Writers of America RITA® for best Erotic Romance in 2015.

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8th Circle Press is a Lexington, Kentucky-based publisher of literary friction. For more information, visit our website at www.8thCirclePress.com.