"Addiction" Has That Sex Appeal That Those Who Dare To Crave Something More Can't Read Without

Title:  Addiction
Series:  Bayfront Billionaires (Novella)
Author:  Calista Fox
Review Format:  eARC
Length:  109 pages
Date of Publication:  July 3rd, 2017
Publisher:  Swerve
Rating:  4.5 Stars

Everyone loves a secret…

Liv Tyner has an ultra-sexy one she’s been keeping all to herself. A sinfully delicious, forbidden secret that has inspired endless fantasy material late into her lonely nights. But when that secret is suddenly staring her in the face—in the form of two fantastically built and wildly successful men—not only does Liv have trouble keeping her one-time-only love triangle under wraps, she also longs for a repeat performance.

Step-brothers Nate Dalton and Tristan Reeves have built a global communications empire that laid the groundwork for their ten-year homecoming to Bayfront. But more important than success is winning the love of the one woman neither has gotten off his mind or out of his system no matter how much time and distance spans between them—sensational and highly addictive Liv Tyner!

As a slow seduction begins and all their juicy secrets are revealed, can these star-crossed lovers find themselves in the right place, at the right time, to make a more permanent love connection?

My Thoughts
Liv Tyner may be THAT girl.  You know the one that seems to have it all.  An actress, stunning beauty, and media darling.  It wouldn't be far from the truth to say that Liv is a woman who has the world in her palm.
But Liv is also a woman with a secret.
A secret guaranteed to bring a blush to her checks and make her heart race.  A secret that she shares with only two others.
The two men who for one night laid claim to her body.  The two men who may have forever laid claim to her heart.

Stepbrothers Nate Dalton and Tristan Reeves have come a long way from the geeky boys that they were in high school.  Now they bear more of a resemblance to Greek gods, than to the shy, tech savvy teens that they once were.  Now they even have the billionaire bank accounts to match.
The one thing that the two billionaire bros have not been able to leave behind?
Their shared feelings for a certain popular beauty.
That one popular girl who dared to look past their awkward exteriors.
The one girl destined to be the friend of their youth, and after a torrid night in Paris during college; so much more.

Calista Fox and her Bayfront Billionaires series are back, and the menage magic is as salacious as ever.
With the only paired couple of the bunch,Chloe Lockhart and John McDermott prepping to race down the isle and headlong into wedded bliss.  The stage has been more than set for the globe-trotting threesome featured in this read to find their way back home, and to each other.

Addiction is the story that is that perfect blend of sweet and sexy.  Blending the innocent past shared by the three friends in high school.  A secret tryst that none are able to forget.  A desire so strong enough to change futures.

Every aspect of this book seems to build on the one before.  From the homecoming to the meeting.  The revelations to the expressions of their passions.
The one thing that falls flat however, is the easy with which the central conflict is solved.  Because said conflict acts as a major point of dramatic tension for so much of the read.  To have it resolved inn such a neat and tidy way is anticlimactic, to say the least. 

Buy The Book Here.

Tasty Book Tours Presents: Day Of The Duchess And A Giveaway

A love that neither can deny…

Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

The one woman he will never forget…

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day...

Chapter 1
August 19, 1836
House of Lords, Parliament

She’d left him two years, seven months ago, exactly.
Malcolm Marcus Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven looked to the tiny wooden calendar wheels inlaid into the blotter on his desk in his private office above the House of Lords.
August the nineteenth, 1836. The last day of the parliamentary session, filled with pomp and idle. And lingering memory. He spun the wheel with the six embossed upon it. Five. Four. He took a deep breath.
Get out. He heard his own words, cold and angry with betrayal, echoing with quiet menace. Don’t ever return.
He touched the wheel again. August became July. May. March.
January the nineteenth, 1834. The day she left.
His fingers moved without thought, finding comfort in the familiar click of the wheels.
April the seventeenth, 1833.
The way I feel about you . . . Her words now—soft and full of temptation. I’ve never felt anything like this.
He hadn’t, either. As though light and breath and hope had flooded the room, filling all the dark spaces. Filling his lungs and heart. And all because of her.
Until he’d discovered the truth. The truth, which had mattered so much until it hadn’t mattered at all.
Where had she gone?
The clock in the corner of the room ticked and tocked, counting the seconds until Haven was due in his seat in the hallowed main chamber of the House of Lords, where men of higher purpose and passion had sat before him for generations. His fingers played the little calendar like a virtuoso, as though they’d done this dance a hundred times before. A thousand.
And they had.
March the first, 1833. The day they met.
So, they let simply anyone become a duke, do they? No deference. Teasing and charm and pure, unadulterated beauty.
If you think dukes are bad, imagine what they accept from duchesses?
That smile. As though she’d never met another man. As though she’d never wanted to. He’d been hers the moment he’d seen that smile. Before that. Imagine, indeed.
And then it had fallen apart. He’d lost everything, and then lost her. Or perhaps it had been the reverse. Or perhaps it was all the same.
Would there ever be a time when he stopped thinking of her? Ever a date that did not remind him of her? Of the time that had stretched like an eternity since she’d left?
Where had she gone?
The clock struck eleven, heavy chimes sounding in the room, echoed by a dozen others sounding down the long, oaken corridor beyond, summoning men of longstanding name to the duty that had been theirs before they drew breath.
Haven spun the calendar wheels with force, leaving them as they lay. November the thirty-seventh, 3842. A fine date—one on which he had absolutely no chance of thinking of her.

Every duchess has her day.  Of course for most of them, that day comes when they marry their duke. But for Seraphina Bevingstoke, Duchess of Haven, that day will be when she divorces hers.
Day Of The Duchess may be the third book in the Scandal and Scoundrel series.  But it is a surprising unique tale, told with a with a dramatic and romantic flair as only Sarah MacLean can.  

At its heart.  This is a story of what happens when love meets deception.  Or more to the point. When a manipulative, social climbing mother is allowed to "insert" manipulation into matters of the heart unnecessarily.  Thereby, setting into motion a chain of events which quickly go from bad to worse for both Seraphina, and her duped duke.

But Seraphina is resourceful if nothing else, and she is more than determined to have the life that she wants in spite of her past.  A life that can only start after her marriage ends.
A life that may not hold the promise of wedded bliss, home and children.  But a life of purpose, nonetheless.

But first she must get the man who holds her heart to let her go.

For his part, Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has no intention of giving up the woman that he loves.  All it has taken is 3 years without her and her surprise appearance on the floor of the House of Lords, to remind him of why.
Now it is he, who must dupe his Duchess.  In the hopes that he might heal the wounds of the past, and win back both her hand and her heart.
While she sets about choosing the woman meant to replace her.

Authoress, Sarah MacLean combines English history, mythology, and her own special brand of story in this most bittersweet of tales.  
Reader hearts will break for both Seraphina and Malcolm.  While at the same time one will want to throttle the pair.  Who always seem to "miss the boat" on understanding each other's deepest desires.  Almost to the point where there are no boats left.
This is a book that will break your heart.  Right before it gives you all the pieces back.  
Of course!

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Tasty Book Tours Presents: Love With A Scottish Outlaw And A Giveaway

All she does know? She’s starting to fall in love with him. 

Highland Weddings #3
Gayle Callen
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books

Catriona Duff can’t remember who she is. Discovered in the midst of a raging thunderstorm, she has no recollection of how she came to be there or how the guards around her ended up dead. She certainly doesn’t remember that the handsome Highlander who saves her is her family’s sworn enemy. All she does know? She’s starting to fall in love with him.

Duncan Carlyle couldn’t believe his luck when he found Catriona, the daughter of the man who made him an outlaw and forced him from his ancestral home, stranded on the road with nothing to her name--including her memory. Speaking out against Aberfoyle’s evil practices of stealing poor and orphaned children to sell to the highest bidder has cost him everything, but now he has the opportunity to make the man understand the true price of a missing child. But as Duncan begins to know Cat, guilt over his actions wars with his irrepressible desire for her.

When Cat discovers the truth of her identity, she decides she can teach the outlawed clan chief a lesson, but in love, there’s more than one way to win.

Duncan lifted the woman’s upper body into his left arm, cradling her head so that he blocked the rain. He probed near her wound gingerly with his right hand, and she frowned and weakly tried to turn away.
His wariness deepened. There was something about her, a familiarity that echoed inside his head but refused to take shape.
“Where am I?” she whispered, her accent English. “What happened?”
An English lady in the Highlands? He chose to answer the second question rather than the first. “Ye’ve a nasty wound to your head, mistress. Did ye fall?”
She blinked as if she might lose consciousness. “Where am I? What happened?”
Now it was his turn to blink, but he remembered that wounds of the head could cause confusion. He knew he had to stop the blood loss.
“Mistress, can ye stand?”
She opened those eyes again, large and golden, in a delicate face. Her dark hair streamed back from her forehead, her hairline coming to a peak.
He recognized her, a flash of memory from Stirling several years ago, when he’d glared his hatred at the Earl of Aberfoyle, a haughty old man on horseback, forcing aside a poor lass heavy with child to make way for him. The earl’s family was seldom in Scotland, so their arrival in the Highlands had caused a stir. Duncan had seen this woman riding just behind, wearing the fine gown and jaunty hat that marked her a noble lady. At least she’d looked distressed at her father’s actions.
Catriona Duff was the daughter of Aberfoyle, the chief of the Clan Duff and Duncan’s bitter enemy. Aberfoyle was one of the main reasons that Duncan was an outlaw who had to protect and feed his people while on the run.
He lifted his head and looked about, as if the earl and his entire retinue were somewhere nearby, waiting to attack him. “Where are your men?” he demanded.
“What happened?” she asked weakly.
“Ye’ve hit your head. Where are your men?”
Her hand fluttered toward her forehead, but he didn’t allow her to touch the wound.
A spasm of pain narrowed her eyes. “I found them . . . dead,” she whispered. “What happened to me?”
“I don’t know.” Six weeks after almost being captured, he was still wary of anything unusual in his part of the Highlands. Dead men would prove her story true, but he couldn’t deal with them now.
“I—I can’t remember—I can’t remember anything!” Though her cry was feeble, it was full of helplessness and fear.
“Ye don’t remember the accident?”
“Not . . . the accident, not even . . . my name.”
He frowned down at her, wondering at what intrigue she was playing—or what her father had set in motion. He wouldn’t put it past the bastard.
She clutched his plaid. “What happened to me?” she cried in despair.
“I do not ken. I must clean that wound. Can ye stand? I can pull ye up on my horse.”
He rose, lifting her up with him until she could clutch the saddle for support. After mounting, he reached down for her. He would have preferred she ride astride behind him, but she seemed so weak that he ended up cradling her across his thighs. She leaned into him, her head lolling onto his chest, her blood staining his black, red, and yellow plaid.
It didn’t take long to reach the rocky overhang he’d used for shelter several other times. Once out of the rain, he searched his saddle pack but found nothing that would do for a clean bandage. He ended up cutting several strips from the end of his shirt with his dirk. The wound seemed clean enough after all the rain, so he wrapped the improvised bandages around her head and hoped they stopped the bleeding.
She looked at him helplessly the whole time, and he felt like she was memorizing his features. He studied her, too. Her high cheekbones emphasized the hollows beneath, and her full lips hinted at an expressive mouth. Her pale face was as remote and beautiful as a statue, making her appeal to him on a primitive level that he would never acknowledge.
Why was she in the remote Highlands? According to gossip he’d heard long ago, she rarely visited her father’s castles. Was she the advance of a larger party headed right for Duncan’s unsuspecting people? She was so close to his hidden encampment. If he let her go, she could bring men to hunt the area, risking his people—risking the good he was trying to do. He couldn’t release her until he knew all the facts.

The Robin Hood-esque tale told in Love With A Scottish Outlaw by Gayle Callen, is when that is sure to steal the hearts of all who read it.  Holding it for ransom until the last word of the last page has been read.

Leading man Duncan's stoic determination to lead what is left of his claim in the face of his criminalization, the loss of clan lands, and even the kidnapping and enslavement of the clan's children by those entrusted to uphold the the laws of the land.  Is the stuff that literary legends are made of.
This man being the only thing standing between certain death and a return to health and mental clarity for the amnesiac daughter of the man determined to destroy both him and his clan forever. 
A plot twist that is nothing short of reader gold.  (And this is what one can expect in the first few chapters.)

The heat, drama, and romance really start to build as the book progresses and Catriona Duff becomes an integral part of both Duncan's clan and his heart.
Making his "best laid plans" concerning her return to her father less and less of a possibility.
Further complications arise as Catriona, memory returning, comes to terms with not only who she is, but her love for both Duncan and his clan.

This book is the embodiment of every girlhood fantasy that those of us who like our princes a whole lot less polished, and a whole lot more William Wallace, love.
The entire story line, from start to finish is utter perfection and a true delight to read.
If you have not experienced authoress Gayle Callen, run, do not walk to the nearest library,  bookstore, friend's bookshelf, and begin your adventure with her TODAY!

Reviewer's Note:  This is is the first book that I have ever read by Miss Callen.  But it will NOT be the last.  

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers’ Best Award, and been translated into eleven different languages. The mother of three grown children, an avid crafter, singer, and outdoor enthusiast, Gayle lives in Central New York with her dog Uma and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero. She also writes contemporary romances as Emma Cane. Discover more at her website.