Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Secrets & Seduction

Fire In His Eyes, Afraid to Love and Afraid to Hope
are erotic romance standalone novels
and part of the  Secrets & Seduction Series
Fire in His Eyes
by MJ Nightingale

99 Cents

At thirty years old Monica is about to discover real passion for the first time in her life. A chance encounter in a Tampa bar brings Victor into her life. Sexy as hell, secretive, and incredible in bed, Monica is overwhelmed in every way by this ex-military man who introduces her to all kinds of new and exciting experiences.

Monica is a school teacher who longs to experience the joy and thrill of passion. She has battled a past filled with trauma, and depression. Finally free of her fears and guilt, she begins to explore. That is when she meets Victor, a man who has his own demons to battle and secrets to keep. When he meets innocent Monica, he wants to experience all he can with her. She is innocent, yet willing; barely touched, but incredibly passionate. Victor's past has scarred him, and despite his feelings he keeps Monica at a distance. Why? Because he fears those secrets will destroy them.

But, Monica and Victor are soul mates. They have the same hot passions. Will they find their happiness with each other? You must read to find that out. But, they most assuredly do find pleasure.

Review by pearls
A book about two people facing down their demons, and falling in love along the way.  Monica has just recently dealt with her demons and is starting to live her life.  Out with her sister, she meets Victor, a gorgeously handsome Alpha male who rocks her socks.  And she rocks his, too.  However, Victor is still dealing with his demons.  He's upfront and tells her there are no promises but that doesn't stop their desire for one another.  As their relationship grows and he lets her inside, we see some of his demons and how a previous love has damaged him.  Can he move on and choose her over his demons or will he choose to continue to torture himself.  Can she be strong enough for both of them? 

I liked that Monica was already healed at the beginning of the book.  She had a life of her own outside their relationship that gave her strength and purpose beyond their love.  That allowed her to be strong when she needed to be and supportive when he needed it.  It allowed a her feelings to ring true.  She didn't need him in her life--she wanted him, which is very different.  Victor's character can be polarizing.  The author's ability to make us love his tortured soul first allows you the time to listen to  his backstory.  His determination to do the right thing and to be a good man have you rooting for his happiness. 

As her debut novel, there were a few editing errors I would have liked to see cleaned up, but the story line had a good flow that showed both characters' internal conflict and passion.  The decision to pace this out over  several months did the story justice as it felt more natural.  Even if they did fall in bed with lust at first sight.   Lots of hot steamy sex scenes, including a wild out of town weekend.  The novel ends on a HEA and did have me crying at parts. 

Afraid to Hope
by MJ Nightingale

99 Cents

Louisa Sears is ready to start over. Escaping her small town where prejudice, long memories, and old fashioned values haunt her, Louisa embarks on her dream of finding love, and a man who can warm up her bed at night. Pregnant at sixteen, divorced from an abusive husband at twenty, and raising a daughter alone, Louisa is now ready to live. She wants what every woman wants. A rock hard man, who knows how to love. Will Florida be the place where her dreams come true?

Jay Russell is battle scarred. A past filled with horrors from childhood, the war in Iraq, and the most devastating event of his life that occurred when he returned home, he is definitely not looking for love. When he first meets Louisa Sears, the bombshell with the fantastic body, he wants one thing, and one thing only, her body underneath him. The hot little ticket that walks by his t-shirt shop, meets all his requirements for a night of passion.

The scars in them run deep though, and they both have secrets. Can two people so deeply wounded by the past learn to trust each other enough to share those secrets? And if they do, will they be able to get past them and learn to hope again?

Afraid to Love
by MJ Nightingale

99 Cents

Learning to trust again is the hardest thing to do.

Ana Perrot is crazy. Crazy about sex, and pleasing her lovers. She is passionate and as fiery as her red hair. She eats men like air. She is also willing to submit to any man anywhere. But outside of the bedroom, Ana is an independent woman who lives her own life by her own rules. And, her biggest rule . . . she won’t do long term relationships. She refuses to fall in love . . . again.

Teddy O’Rourke is an easy going, laid back Tampa bartender at one of the most popular clubs in town. All about family and enjoying life including all the women that throw themselves at his feet, he has no problems finding willing partners. His football player body, his personality, his warm hazel eyes all ooze sex appeal. He is the perfect package in every way for a woman like Ana, well for any woman really. An ex-cop, his instincts tell him Ana is one hell of a woman, but she is wounded and scarred by the past. What are her secrets? What will make her trust him? Why is she so afraid to love?

A one night stand, that is full of surprises for Teddy, opens his eyes to new possibilities. A single man enjoying his freedom meets his match in the bedroom, and elsewhere. He sees a future with Ana, a counselor for troubled youth. But could she be persuaded to fall . . . and to trust again?

About the Author

MJ Nightingale has spent over two decades teaching students how to write, and now she is doing it herself. Originally from Canada, she graduated from University with her Bachelor of Arts and then went on to get her Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Education. Reading has been a part of her life since she was a child. She has been an avid lover of classical English and American literature, but romance has always held a special place in her heart. She devours historical romance novels all summer long, and any type of fiction; thrillers, crime, suspense, and drama. This is her second published book, and she has one more book, Afraid to Hope, coming out in in the summer of 2014. All three, Fire In His Eyes, Afraid to Love and Afraid to Hope, are erotic romance standalone novels and are part of her Secrets & Seduction Series. She is also working on a new series The Bounty Hunters for 2015. She currently lives in Florida, where she continues to teach, with her wonderful husband of nine years, and her sons. She plans on pursuing her writing career full time very soon.

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