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I'm Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

Review: Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates #6) by Felicity Heaton

Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 6) - Felicity Heaton

This installment of Eternal Mates starts of in the bar known as Underworld, which has been prevalent in this series. Owen Nightingale is a human mercenary who goes after supernaturals. He seems to have no fear.  When Cait comes into the bar running from one of the males of her own kind, Owen is intrigued.  Cait hires him to kill the hellcat that is chasing her. Just because Cait hires a mercenary to help her with her issues, that doesn't make her weak. She is strong and able to take care of herself.

 

I really liked the species of the hellcat. They have two tails with blue fire on the tips.  Oh, and there is blue fire around their mouths too.  It was very interesting. The world of hell they live in was different as well.

 

I loved the two characters in this story. They were both strong and very fascinating.  They both had secrets that I enjoyed watching unravel.  The suspense of the story was consuming.  However, the romance was rushed. These were two character who had never met and they jumped right in bed together. I guess that happens in real life too, but it was just too quick for me.

 

Overall, I still loved the world, characters and action-packed stories that Heaton continues to deliver in this series. These past few novellas that have been released this year have all been fun and quick reads that can be read as stand alone stories to get your started in this series.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

BITTEN BY A HELLCAT by Felicity Heaton Blog Tour

Felicity Heaton's Bitten by a Hellcat Blog Barrage

 

Bitten by a Hellcat, the sixth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book. This book works as a standalone, so it’s perfect for those new to the series too.

 

Find out how to enter the Bitten by a Hellcat international giveaway (ends March 1st) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Here’s more about Bitten by a Hellcat, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance book.

 

Bitten by a Hellcat

The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling he’ll be the one paying for helping her—with his heart.

 

Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and she’s one kitty who doesn’t want a collar. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.

 

Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?

 

Bitten by a Hellcat is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Excerpt

 

Owen closed the door, rounded the compact car and slid into the driver’s seat. He twisted at the waist and put his bag on the back seat, and then put the key into the ignition and started the car. The engine growled to life and he flicked the switch for the lights, checked the road and pulled out. He tugged his seatbelt on as he drove and glanced across at Cait.

 

“Buckle up.” He waited to see she was doing as instructed, tugging the slim black belt across her chest, before returning his focus to the road.

 

It was quiet, the night drawing on, making it easy going as he navigated the short journey deep into an affluent neighbourhood near the centre of London.

 

Cait’s eyes grew wider by the moment as she stared out of the windows, taking in the buildings. When he drove through large black wrought iron gates, her eyes shot impossibly wide and she looked across at him. He kept his eyes on the road, unwilling to field her silent question, slowing the car as he drove through the rows of beautiful pale townhouses.

 

He turned left down another side road where the biggest houses were located and pulled the car into a reserved parking spot outside his one. Cait was still staring at him. He turned the engine off, undid his seatbelt, gathered his bag, and stepped out of the car.

 

She followed him a moment later, her eyebrows pinned high on her forehead as she finally looked away from him, her gaze settling on the huge four storey Georgian townhouse behind him.

 

“What you pictured?” he said before locking the car and turning his back on her. He strode towards the short black iron gate, opened it and glanced over his shoulder at her.

 

She hurried towards him, her eyes flitting between him and the house.

 

It was too big for him.

 

He used the sum total of five rooms out of the possible fourteen.

 

“This is yours?” She spoke at last, her gaze on the white townhouse, slowly drifting up the height of it.

 

Owen walked up the path, took the steps up to the covered porch with its Grecian columns, and unlocked the wide black wooden door. He pushed it open, proving it was his.

 

“It belongs to my family,” he said as way of an explanation when she looked at him again. “It costs a small fortune to run, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to part with it.”

 

“You grew up here.” It wasn’t a question. She looked him right in the eye as she said it, her expression sober, and he nodded.

 

It wasn’t often he met someone who could see straight through him as Cait could. Most people didn’t seem to understand him at all.

 

The humans he met who weren’t hunters, and therefore were unaware of the world of fae and demons that co-existed with theirs, weren’t worth his time. He had nothing he could talk about with them, not as normal people did. He couldn’t gripe about his work week over a beer with a buddy. The hunters avoided him because he wasn’t aligned with any of the organisations they worked for and only exchanged information when it suited them.

 

The fae and demons preferred to keep him at arm’s length because of his profession.

 

The only people he could really talk to and who had ever understood him were his family, and those who had been closest to him were dead now. He had a handful of relatives remaining, mostly from his mother’s side, and he rarely saw them.

 

“You live here alone.” Cait’s soft voice drew him out of his thoughts and he sighed as he looked at her where she now stood on the porch beside him, close enough that he could smell her sweet perfume on the night breeze.

 

He nodded again. “I keep most of the rooms closed and use just the ones I need… bathroom, bedroom… living room… kitchen. I did make one of the other reception rooms into a gym and training room.”

 

She looked as if she was on the verge of saying it sounded lonely, so he turned his back on her, stepped into the hall and switched on the lights. Thankfully, she took the hint and remained silent as she entered behind him and closed the door.

 

Owen locked it and pocketed his keys. “Come on. I’ll get you settled in the living room.”

 

He led the way up the wooden staircase to the first floor and the large pale blue room he used for his living room. He grimaced as he realised he had left it in a worse state than he had thought.

 

Cait drifted past him before he could say anything in warning, a twinkle in her eyes as they danced over all of the weapons spread across the large oak table on the left side of the room, and all the knickknacks he had left strewn across the square wooden coffee table nestled in the U of his three black leather couches in front of the fireplace.

 

She ambled around the room and he watched her as she allowed her fingers to drift over a few items on the coffee table and checked out some of his weapons.

 

“It looks very much as I had expected in here.” She lifted her eyes away from the crossbow she held and smiled across the room at him. “I imagined weapons and books.”

 

She looked around at the stacked bookcases that lined the wall to his right between the tall sash windows and the one behind him, and then down at the sheets of paper, notepads, and newspapers stacked haphazardly on a smaller coffee table beside an armchair.

 

“Although… it has an air of bachelor about it too.” Her smile teased him and he shrugged.

 

She hadn’t seen his bedroom.

 

If she thought this room looked like a bachelor owned it, she was in for a shock if she set eyes on his inner sanctum.

 

Her blue eyes drifted over the couches and then roamed back to him, gaining a dark edge of desire that set his pulse pounding and left him feeling she might just want to see that inner sanctum.

 

He was damned if she was going to see it as it was though.

 

He wasn’t sure how hellcats lived, or what accommodation they were used to, but he was fairly certain that as a woman she wasn’t impressed by clothes strewn across the floor, unmade beds, and several empty take out cartons, and that was exactly what his bedroom contained.

 

“You seem to favour magic.” Cait set the crossbow down and Owen stared at her, his heart pounding for a different reason as he took in what she had said. When she frowned and gestured to all the knickknacks covering the coffee table, his gaze leaped there and his heart settled. “The items… they’re magic aren’t they?”

 

Owen quickly nodded. “I get them in the fae town nearby. Some I use, others are just part of a collection.”

 

He backed towards the door.

 

“You like magic?” She looked at him again.

 

Owen took another step backwards and gave a noncommittal shrug in answer.

 

“I have to get changed and get some stuff together. Make yourself comfortable.”

 

He turned and walked out of the room, feeling her gaze boring into his back, intense and focused, as if she was trying to strip away the layers of his defences to uncover a truth he preferred to keep hidden.

 

A secret he’d had for most of his life and had kept from his father.

 

A secret only one living person in this world knew.

 

 

Bitten by a Hellcat is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

 

Find all the links, a fantastic 4 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

 

Author Bio

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

 

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

 

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

 

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon

 

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Review: Wolf's Capture (Kodiak Point #4) by Eve Langlais

Wolf's Capture - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Snarky Howling Good Insta-Love

 

In Wolf’s Capture, we have Brody, the second-in-command in Kodiak Point. He’s a wolf shifter and he is extremely bored with life outside of the military. He has been secretly happy with all the issues going on in Kodiak Point, because it has livened things up. When he is patrolling the border, he senses something and goes to check it out and is completely surprised with what he finds.

 

Layla is our heroine. She is an extremely unique individual who has quite a way with animals. She has been a prisoner for most of her life. Her master uses her unique abilities with animals to his advantage. She is constantly trying to escape and she learns something new with each escape attempt, but The Master also plugs the error that she used to escape.

 

This is another great additional to the Kodial Point series. This book has everything I’ve come to expect in the series. There is suspense and action. The characters are very well developed and extremely funny. There is quite a large twist at the end, which made things interesting. My only criticism of this book, our couple goes from zero trust in each other to sex in no time flat. I would’ve liked to have seen their relationship develop at a more realistic pace.

 

While most of Wolf’s Capture takes place outside of Kodiak Point, but we still get some time with Boris (he’s the moose shifter that is the hero of Outfoxed by Love, book two) and Travis (he’s the grizzly that will star in the next book, Grizzly Love). It was great to see these two, because they are two of my favorite in the series. I’m really excited to read Travis’ story which comes out soon.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/02/review-wolfs-capture-by-eve-langlais.html

Kitty Thomas Books on Sale for $2.99 each

I'm a huge fan of Kitty Thomas. I love her work, though it is not for everyone. It is dark erotica. Most of what goes on in this books are not for the faint of heart. There is kidnapping and dubious sexual consent. I do think they are extremely well written, and if you like the genre, you will really love these books. 

 

Comfort Food

 

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.

Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

 

Link to my review - Comfort Food - 5 stars

 

 

Broken Dolls

 

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it's possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn't yet smart enough to refuse: "Let me find you a good master."

 

Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?

 

Note: This book happens in the same world as Guilty Pleasures with reoccurring settings and characters. However, it is not a direct sequel and it isn't necessary to have read Guilty Pleasures first. If you enjoy this book, however, you may also enjoy Guilty Pleasures by Kitty Thomas.

 

Link to my review - Broken Dolls - 4 stars

 

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Reading progress update: I've listened 660 out of 660 minutes.

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

I already want the next book, please. :-)

Audiobook Review: Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) by Jeaniene Frost

Bound by Flames: A Night Prince Novel - Jeaniene Frost

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

Originally, this spinoff from the Night Huntress series was supposed to be a trilogy. I was extremely exciting to hear that before this book was published, that Jeaniene Frost would be adding a book to the Night Prince series to make it a total of four books (makes up for losing a Cat & Bones book). I do give kudos to Ms Frost for writing the story that should be told and not just writing the pages/books contracted (and her publishers for letting her).

 

I don’t want to go too much into the plot, as there would be lots of spoilers. I will mention that is one of the darkest and most violent books that I’ve read from Frost. There are some pretty horrific torture scenes, but they aren’t written in much detail, so I wouldn’t let that scare you away, if you’re worried about being squeamish. There is so much else in this book, I would hate for you to miss this story based on that small amount of torture.

 

In Bound by Flames, we get to see a different side of Vlad that we’ve seen in the earlier Night Prince or even the Night Huntress books. There are two aspects to this. One, we saw a softer side of Vlad when he was talking with Leila and show her his vulnerabilities. We also saw how terrifying Vlad would be if anything happened to Leila. He would burn the world to the ground.

 

We get to see some of our favorite characters from Night Huntress. Mencheres and Marie Laveau both have larger appearances. There is also Leila’s father and sister, Marty, Maximus. Cat and Bones even make an appearance, but I would’ve loved to see more of them (never too much Cat and Bones). If you haven’t read/listened to Up from the Grave yet, there is a spoiler in this book. (I would recommend reading all the spinoff books in the order they were written in comparison to the Night Huntress books, as they do all tie together. Check out Jeaniene Frost’s site for reading order for the series).

 

Narration

Tavia Gilbert did a great job as always with the narration. She has done the narration for the entire Night Huntress books and all the spinoffs, including Night Princes. I love the voice that Gilbert does for Vlad with his Romanian accent (though I’ve never met anyone with a real Romanian accent to compare, but I love the way it sounds whether it is actually accurate or not). Because of my love her voice of Vlad, I actually like her better for the Night Prince books better than Night Huntress just because I love listening to Vlad (not that I don’t love her for Night Huntress too :-) ). I’ve got some other books from Gilbert on audio that are not written by Frost,

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/bound-by-flames-audiobook-by-jeaniene-frost-review

Reading progress update: I've listened 152 out of 660 minutes.

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

I think each book is darker than the previous.

Reading progress update: I've listened 515 out of 703 minutes.

Beast Behaving Badly - Shelly Laurenston

"Can't you just take a bath?" - Bo's Uncle, who raised him
"I don't have a ducky. How can I take a bath without a ducky?" - Bo "the Marauder" Novikov
"It's like you want me to beat you. It's like your begging me to." - Bo's Uncle

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie

Fifty Shades of Grey MovieAre you thinking about going to see Fifty Shades of Grey movie? Personally, I'm not. It is not a genre that I would see, no matter how good of a movie it is. I just don't like romantic comedies or chick flicks. Give me horror, suspense, sci-fi, thrillers or a more snarky comedy any day. I just don't like romance in my movies (with the exception of The Princess Bride, but it isn't a kissing movie, there are pirates and a giant LOL).  

 

Anyway, if you are interested in this movie, there was an early screening in New York yesterday and there are three reviews that I know of for the movie. I was really surprised to see that these people really enjoyed the movie, one of which is a known "hater" of the books.

 

I know that a ton of people are very interested in this movie for one reason or another, so I thought I would share these reviews.

 

Movie Review: Fifty Shades of Grey *and giveaway*

 

Mandi saw the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie! And She Liked it!

 

Are You Curious?: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Screening Thoughts (SPOILERS!)

 

Something I will add to this post. Buzzfeed did an article on books that SHOULD be more popular that Fifty Shades of Grey. As I've read several of these, I tend to agree. Series that I've read and really loved:

I will be checking out the other authors.

 

9 Erotica Books That Should Be More Famous Than “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

 

Have you thought about seeing the movie? Did these reviews change your opinion about seeing the movie?

Audiobook Review: Blind Faith (Sin Brothers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti

Blind Faith - Rebecca Zanetti

I just started this series late last year. It is a romantic suspense series with a hint of paranormal to it. It focuses around a group of brothers who were bred in test tubes and raised on a military base by the Commander who thought of them as nothing but weapons since the day that they were born. The paranormal aspect comes into play because the greay brothers (named for the color of their eyes) have enhanced abilities, such as, supernatural hearing, healing, and focus on little to no sleep. On top of all these genetic upgrades, they’ve have the best military training in the world.

 

Blind Faith focuses on Nathan, the second oldest of the Dean brothers. The book starts off with a flashback to when they are still children. It was very sweet to see how Nathan not only wanted to give his two younger brothers a happy childhood and memories with of Christmas, while still protecting his older brother from the consequences that the Commander puts on Nathan to have this little piece of happiness.

 

The heroine of this story is Audrey Madison. She is the daughter of the head psychiatrist for the Commander. She was raised in a loveless relationship with her mother. Raised by nannies, boarding schools and was little more than a curiosity to her mother. She has no idea who her father is. When she was still high school aged, Dr. Madison set Audrey up with Nathan to see how the Grey brothers would respond to love that wasn’t for one another. She just wants to feel wanted by someone for herself.

 

Blind Faith takes place in Washington D.C. Audrey is working as an aide to a Senator from Wyoming. She was planted there by the Commander, hoping that she could help get funding for the Commander’s projects pushed through the government. The story is full of everything you would expect with secret military groups, politicians, fanatical lobbying groups. There is lots of murder, backstabbing, and secrets. Add in the Dean brothers, and you have a truly exciting story.

 

While you could read Blind Faith without reading the other two books first, I do think it is great to see the brother grow throughout the series. I’ve really enjoyed watching how each of the brothers have fallen for each of the women in the series. I’m really excited to get to the last book of the series. The final brother of the series is quite a mystery. The audio release of that book can’t come soon enough.

 

Narration

This is the first series that I’ve listened to by Karen White. I’ve heard about her a lot, but she doesn’t do many, PNR or UF books, which is my main genre.

 

I’ve seen her name come up a bunch on contemporary romances, but they are not high on my list, though I do some here and there. She did a great job with the Sin Brothers series. She did a great job with both male and female characters. I hope to find more books with Karen White as the narrator. I really enjoyed her portrayal of Blind Faith and the other Sin Brothers books.

 

I would like to thank Hachette Audio for providing me with a listener advance copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/blind-faith-audiobook-by-rebecca-zanetti-review
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Review: The New Year's Fantasy by K.T. Grant

The New Year's Fantasy - KT Grant

This was a cute short story about a woman, Jessica, who has had weight issues in her past and spent most of her life crushing on her best friend's brother. The brother had no use for her. She thinks it is all because of her weight. I'm not so sure, but either way, she is pining for a man doesn't want her. After she has spent years losing the weight, she shows up at his house in sexy lingerie, which didn't sit well with him. He overreacts and says mean things to her.

 

Our hero of this story is Fire Captain Douglass Finley. He is recovering from a divorce. He has a tween aged girl. Captain Finley is also the boss of Jessica's former crush. He has some real trust issues, since his wife left him for a younger man that she has been cheating with while they were still married.

 

While I liked the relationship between the hero and heroine of this story. The baggage that they brought with them was a little much. There are relationship issues between Jessica and her current lover, her former crush and herself and her weight issues. More issues between Doug and his ex-wife and his inability to trust.

 

The real character that I liked in this story was the daughter. She was great character who didn't let her parents divorce get her down. I loved how Doug made sure to put his daughter front in his relationship.

 

This was a quick read. I think I read in just a few hours. I enjoyed it. I just wish there was more time spent on the relationship between Jessica and Doug and less on the baggage that accompanied them.

#FitReaders February 2015

 

My goal is to fit back into my old jeans (down one or two sizes depending on the jeans) before RT15.  While my goal isn't weight related per se, I'm thinking I will need to get to 160 pounds to fit into my old jeans. 

 

I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY.

 

As January was a bit of a bust for me, since I got really sick, I'm hoping to just have a good February to get back on track.

 

2/6/15 - I'm back on track so far in early February.  I've got an ab video that I will start doing (three different 10 minute sessions). While, my exercise was good, my eating habits were not and I actually gained a pound, to 177 (there was a cheesecake indecent on Tuesday). I plan to get back on track with me eating habits now.

 

January Totals

193,158 steps for an average of 6,230 steps/day.

 

February Total

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CRAVED BY AN ALPHA by Felicity Heaton Blog Tour

Felicity Heaton's Craved by an Alpha Blog Barrage

Craved by an Alpha, the fifth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book.

 

Find out how to enter the Craved by an Alpha international giveaway (ends February 8th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Here’s more about Craved by an Alpha, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

 

Craved by an Alpha

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.

 

Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.

 

Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.

 

Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

 

Craved by an Alpha is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

Excerpt

 

Cavanaugh mastered his fear and drove it back into submission, clearing his head of the dark words that taunted him and steadying his heart, reassuring himself that all wasn’t lost. Eloise was here with him. She had come for him. He needed to focus on taking care of her and discovering what had happened to her to bring her to London, a world away from their village in the mountains of Bhutan.

 

“What are you doing away from the pride?” He ventured a step towards her and was thankful when she didn’t move away to maintain the distance between them. He needed to be close to her. He needed reality to sink in so he could believe she was here with him, standing in the bright back room of Underworld, and he was talking to her for the first time since he had assumed the role of alpha a decade ago, about to hear her sweet voice again. “What happened to you?”

 

He reached out and gently caught her wrist, bringing it up between them and luring her towards him. He lightly rubbed his thumb over the scarring on it, marks that looked as if they had been made by ropes. Who had done this to her? Whoever it had been, Cavanaugh was going to find them and tear them to pieces. He was going to make them suffer as she had. A growl rumbled through his chest and curled up his throat, born of a dark and consuming hunger to avenge her.

 

She pulled free of his grip and hid her arms behind her back.

 

“Goddammit, Eloise,” he barked and she lowered her head, turning her face away from him.

 

The rich brown waves of her long hair fell down to conceal her face but didn’t hide how her shoulders trembled beneath her dirty coat. He reined in his frustration. He could sense her struggle, could smell it in the subtle changes in her scent. It was taking a lot for her to remain silent when she felt compelled to obey the rules of their kind and answer him.

 

Why wouldn’t she answer him? He needed to know what had happened to her. It filled him completely, an incessant urge that he couldn’t shake, born of his deep connection to her. He feared he would go mad or lose his temper if she insisted on remaining silent and refused to tell him what had happened to her.

 

He would go mad if she refused to look at him or give him the pleasure of hearing her voice too. Couldn’t she see that?

 

He clenched his fists at his sides to stop himself from grabbing her slender shoulders and making her look at him, and looked at her instead, seeing how different she was now. He missed the female who had stood up to him countless times and had put him in his place. That woman seemed to have disappeared that fateful night when he had recognised her as his fated female but hadn’t been given a chance to tell her. She had been ripped from his grasp when he had been forced to take his place in the pride upon his father’s death, picking up his mantle.

 

As alpha.

 

Cavanaugh felt as if he had lost her then and his heart had fractured. She had drifted away from him, always leaving when the females of status within the pride approached him, even when he had yearned for her to stay.

 

He had ached for her to look at him and smile, and let him know that she was okay.

 

He hadn’t wanted the attention from the females. He had wanted hers. He had wanted them, as they should have been, together.

 

He had craved her.

 

Still craved her.

 

“Why are you here?” he whispered, still aching for her to look at him and smile, and let him know that she was okay.

 

He ached to hear her voice again and hear her tell him that she had come for him. He needed her to put him out of his misery. He needed her to tell him that nothing had changed between them despite everything that had happened and that there was a chance for him. He needed it as he had never needed anything before, as if it was as vital as air in his lungs or a beat in his chest. She had power over him as no other did. Not even the male who had come close to defeating him could contend with her.

 

She had the power to crush him, to kill him.

 

And she did it with only a handful of words.

 

“Please come back to the pride.”

 

Those words struck his already aching heart like daggers, each one sending pain blazing outwards from the centre of his chest.

 

She hadn’t come for him because she had wanted to be with him. He had been a fool to allow his heart to convince him that she’d had the courage he had lacked and had come to wait out the days with him until they could be together again.

 

She was here on pride business.

 

“You came all this way to ask me that?” He frowned at her, his tone flat and as empty as he felt inside as everything sank in. Nothing had changed. Five years of hell followed by five years of torture, and they still had a wall between them, a barrier that seemed impenetrable. He wanted to tear it down, but it was intangible, constructed of tradition and rules that went back millennia, laws that were so ingrained in them that they couldn’t break free and were slaves to them. “I left the pride, Eloise. I have no interest in returning to it. I have no reason to go back there. The pride doesn’t need me. It has an alpha.”

 

“The pride needs you.” She lifted her head a fraction and he thought she might look him in the eye and put a little fire behind her words, but she remained meek and polite.

 

The way a female of her status should speak to her alpha.

 

He growled and stalked towards her, and she backed away, turning more submissive as she wrapped her arms around herself.

 

“The pride doesn’t need me.” He stopped short of saying that she did though, and he needed her. He reached out to seize her arm but she flinched away, stopping him in his tracks. He softened and looked at her, seeing a broken and hurt female, not the strong and confident one she had been a decade ago. Fury filled him, burning fiercely in his veins, flooding him with a need to know what had happened to her. That need blazed in his heart, demanding that he ask her and make her answer him this time. “What the hell happened to you, Eloise? Who did this to you?”

 

She swallowed hard and finally looked up at him, right into his eyes, but still refused to tell him. “The pride needs you. You’re the strongest male and our alpha. Please. Return with me.”

 

“I told you. I’m not interested in returning.” He wanted to reach out and smooth his hand along the soft curve of her jaw to keep her golden-brown eyes on him, but he didn’t have the heart when she looked as if it was taking her great effort not to lower her gaze again.

 

“I travelled two years to find you… to bring you back to the pride.”

 

He wished she had stopped at the first part, where she had only travelled two years to find him.

 

The pain in her eyes increased, her fear a palpable thing now that hung in the air between them, and it forced him to listen. What had happened at the pride? Concern for his village grew in his heart but concern for Eloise overshadowed it, pulling the focus of his thoughts back to her.

 

She must have searched for him across Bhutan, India and Europe, no doubt flashing his photograph to any fae or demon she came across. What terrible thing had happened to drive her to such a desperate and dangerous act?

 

Had she gained her scars during her search for him? Had some of the fae or demons captured her and held her for some nefarious reason?

 

He growled again, unable to contain it as he pictured her bound and afraid. His claws grew, emerging as he thought about hunting down whoever had hurt her and tearing into them. He wanted their blood on his hands. The scent of Eloise’s fear grew stronger and he pulled down a deep breath to steady himself, not wanting to frighten her with his anger.

 

Cavanaugh looked her over again, self-reproach burning through him as her voice ran around his head, taunting him.

 

Two years.

 

Her journey would have been a difficult one, and not only because she had never left their homeland and had no experience of the world. Her position in the pride meant she had very little money, only a small allowance that he knew she had been saving her entire life. It wouldn’t have been enough to cover luxuries like flights and hotels or even restaurants.

 

Her tattered clothing, her fatigue and how much weight she had lost since the last time he had seen her all confirmed his worst fears. She had spent two years living rough, sleeping on the streets or in hostels and travelling by foot, by hitchhiking or by jumping trains.

 

The thought of his little female living in such a fashion, day-to-day, probably stealing food and fearing for her safety, cut him right down to his soul and had his heart burning with a need to gather her into his arms and somehow take away every terrible experience she must have had.

 

It was his fault.

 

He had ventured far from the mountains and the pride village. If he hadn’t left Bhutan, she could have easily found him. She wouldn’t have been forced to spend years travelling and tracking him down.

 

If he had gone back for her—no, he couldn’t think like that. He had warred with himself at the time about it and it had played on his mind ever since.

 

It had been too dangerous.

 

He had fought Stellan countless times and had always driven the male back into submission.

 

Except the last time.

 

That time he had allowed the male to defeat him.

 

 

Craved by an Alpha is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

 

Find all the links, a fantastic 5 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

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Author Bio

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

 

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

 

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

 

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon

 

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Review: Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates #5) by Felicity Heaton

Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 5) - Felicity Heaton

This novella is the fifth story in the Eternal Mates series by Felicity Heaton. This is a series that I've enjoyed since I started reading book one, Kissed by a Dark Prince.  I love that there are four books coming out back to back to back early this year.  The author has gifted us with some great stories.  

 

In this book, we have Cavanaugh, a snow leopard (one of my favorite real life animals, they are just beautiful).  He has left his pride and his mate, the love of his life and best friend.  After the death of his father, he was forced to become alpha of his pride.  Becoming alpha means that he had to give up the love of his life because of her station in the pride.

 

When Eloise shows up at Underworld, she is not the same girl that Cavanaugh walked away from five years earlier. She is much stronger and a lot more desperate. The current acting alpha is terrorizing the pride and she wants Cavanaugh to come back and retake the pride, even if that means they could never be together.

 

I really enjoyed their trip back to the grounds was pretty amazing. I would have loved to actually have seen the scenery. The detail that was used for the cliff climbing was pretty remarkable, especially for a novella.  While, there wasn't much action during this part of their journey, the author was detailed enough to keep the story very interesting. Once they get closer to the pridelands (is that too Lion King sounding??), the action picks up even more.  

 

Craved by an Alpha is a book that you could read without reading any of the other books in the series.  We don't see much of the other characters in the series.  While I did miss seeing them, this story was a great even with just the snow leopards. I highly recommend this series to any paranormal romance fan. I'm really excited to start the next book in this series. Luckily, I don't have to wait long.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

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