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Alluring Ties is NOT a full length novel, but is a companion novella to the Bayou Stix series.
It is recommended to be read in this order:
Alluring Turmoil, Book 1 Bayou Stix
Alluring Seduction, Book 2 Bayou Stix
Alluring Ties, Book 2.5 Bayou Stix
There are some situations which are not for everyone included in this novella: cheating, male/male romance and sex, and like all of Skye’s books, explicit language and hot ass sex.
If you can’t handle it, don’t read it. It’s that simple. But if you want to know more about myself and Erik, then turn the page and get started!
Alluring Ties is a companion novella to the Bayou Stix series. It’s Book 2.5 Bayou Stix. In Alluring Turmoil, we were introduced to Lexi Sloane’s two best friends, Bradi and Erik. Alluring Ties will take you on a journey into their pasts and bring you to their present.
Bradi St. James is a force to be reckoned with. She’s strong, independent, and has something to prove. All of her life, she’s watched the world around her and is determined to have a different fate from what she’s grown up with. The path you’ve always believed to be the right path, may not be your destiny after all
Erik Jenson is a kind man. A nurturer and the kind of friend everyone wants to have. Growing up surrounded by friends and family who support him, he’s a confident man. The choices he must make and the chances he must take as he lives and grows make him the strong, loving man he becomes.
Alluring Ties contains explicit sex, including some male/male, strong language and is not intended for anyone under the age of 18 or anyone who does not like M/M romance.
Alluring Ties is a nice little read. It is a photobook into the lives of Lexi’s friends. Who they are and things in the past that have made them that way. We get the glimpse of these characters through scenes in their own lives. We spend time with Erik and the boys that have hurt him and healed him. We watch Bradi grow from a girl into a woman, learning that though she has a past, she isn’t her past.
These characters are fun and flirty and most importantly, they are there for each other. The know each other inside and out and what they each need at any given moment. They know who they are and what they want and they know that there is nothing more important than friendship and love.
This is a quick little read as it is a companion novella to the Bayou Stix series. But it is a fun read. I enjoyed this book because it was like looking at a photo album and each picture telling its own story and the sum of all those little stories is two people and two friends and how they got to where they are and major events in their lives that have changed so much in the past seven years.
As I have discovered with most novellas, that I enjoy it being a quick read, I also find that the biggest distraction. I don’t want these little books to end. They usually have the biggest stories in the fewest pages and I can never get enough of them. This is an amazing novella and I only wanted more!
Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer.
She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately life intervened and she made the choice to leave her studies.
She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 children, and 4 fur babies.
When she’s not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, or catching up on her family oriented blog.
Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words “When You’re Ready” written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.
Son of a billionaire, Logan Matthews has spent his life trying to make his absentee father proud. Without a family to depend on, all he’s ever wanted is a place to call home. After a failed marriage, Logan believes he’s unworthy of love…until he meets a woman who awakens his spirit and transforms his entire life in an instant.
But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?
When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you are never truly ready until you’re ready to risk it all.
So most people have images of their characters in their heads, actors, singers, cowboys… you know who you want in the leading role when the book is finally made into a movie. Well, that has never happened to me. Yes, people in certain roles eventually make sense to me, but they jump right into my brain as I am reading the books, until now. I immediately knew who was going to be Logan and who was going to be Clare. So then I got to thinking, how did this book do that to me when no others had? I still have no idea but the personalities of the characters just made sense to me. I understood them from beginning to end. I felt what they were feeling, I laughed when they were laughing and I wanted to spout off with my own sass right along with them.
This book was fun, flirty, sexy and full of love. I just adored the entire book from beginning to end. Well… maybe not the beginning because honestly the thought of smelling vomit kind of kicks up my own gag reflexes and I wasn’t sure how much more puke I could read about. But it added a new dimension to it. If Clare hadn’t been in the hospital that day covered in her daughters vomit there would be no point in the rest of the story.
Clare lost the love of her life but he left her with more than a broken heart, he left her with a beautiful daughter, Maddie, who she treasured so very much. But when one accident at home takes this dynamic duo to the ER to make sure Maddie was ok, that is when it all really begins. The doctor… the amazingly hot, available playboy of a doctor walks in to check on little Maddie. But something happens when Dr. Matthews steps into the room. Maddie clings to him. He makes her feel safe.
But so much more happened that day in the ER. There was something about Dr. Matthews and he indeed thought there was something about Clare. But funny thing about that is that neither of them expected anything out of a visit to the ER than concern for little Maddie. But there was something there. Something that neither was expecting.
Clare lost the love of her life. Logan Matthews was looking for the love of his. Neither of them had the easy path to each other, and though it was sad on both sides and they both ended up with the feeling of loss and regret, they were still drawn to one another. But could Clare open her heart and learn to love again and could Logan dare to believe he was worth the love?
This book was real and raw and gripping. I was consumed with these characters. They were people I could picture in my head and the connection they had to each other was just off the charts hot. It was amazing! Neither of them was perfect, but they wanted to try. They wanted to see if they felt exactly what Maddie did, safe. I was touched by the strength in Clare’s character and I was moved by the love in Logan. I was touched by the sweet innocence of Maddie. I was drawn to these characters and completely consumed by their story.
Learning to love again and learning to love for the first time are some of the hardest things people go through and just when you think Clare and Logan are going to have a happily ever after… everything changes. It makes something so sweet and perfect and gives it a whole new dynamic. But through it all, I clung to the hope of everlasting love. I adored the characters in this book, I adored their situations and I adored their unique ability to just completely consume me.
J.L. Berg has written a truly captivating book filled with steam and sass and I want more of these characters. Not just Clare, Logan and Maddie, but the secondary characters. The touching moments and the moments of fun and humor. This book has something special and I want more of it! I cannot wait to dive into Never Been Ready, the second book in the Ready series!
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What would bring you happiness in a world that was suddenly empty?
For Lucy Crane, the answer is simple: her daughter. When her husband is killed in a tragic accident, Lucy loses her desire to live, but only one thing keeps her going – her unborn daughter. Focusing on being a mother helps Lucy cope with her loss, but kids grow up and they leave home, eventually. Eighteen years after losing her first and only love, Lucy is faced with the opportunity to find the happiness for which she’s always longed. Her own fears become her worst enemies as she learns how to embrace love once again.
Evan Donovan is also facing his own struggles. Forced to retire from the FDNY because of lung damage caused by 9/11, Evan moves to upstate New York where he hopes to find a little peace and quiet. Old habits die hard, and Evan’s hero complex and survivor’s guilt constantly remind him of how difficult it is to be vulnerable. But for the first time in his life, he’s tired of being alone.
Drawing strength from one another, Lucy and Evan discover how beautiful it is to let love be a part of their lives.
“Oh, I love this movie.” She settles on Forrest Gump as I grab my second slice.
“So, you already know about my history. What about you? Have you ever been married?” Forrest’s proposal to Jenny plays in the background.
“No. I mean, I’ve had a few relationships here and there, but work always got in the way. Staying single was somehow easier.”
“Same here. I mean, when Melanie was a kid, it was much easier to just focus on that part of my life.”
“Now?” I hazard a question that takes even me by surprise.
She puts her plate down on the coffee table and swallows back a large sip of water. “Now, I’m not so sure.”
Suddenly, my mind races with the possibilities of what her words mean. It’s crazy to think how just a few encounters with Lucy have made me re-evaluate my feelings. Obviously, she feels the same way. A calm and peaceful air falls on us as a small smile curls at my lips.
A comfortable silence fills the space as we watch the movie, recalling some memories when certain scenes come up.
Nothing prepares me for Lucy’s reaction when Jenny and Forrest get married and she tells him she’s sick. I try not to look at her, wanting to avoid making her feel like she’s in the spotlight or anything like that. I do notice a few stray tears streaking down her cheeks so I can only imagine what’s to come.
As we watch Forrest sitting beside Jenny’s grave, reading a letter from their son, Lucy reaches for a napkin. Clutching it to her chest, I can see her breathing rapidly. What were just a few tears earlier is now a steady stream. She doesn’t say anything, won’t even look at me, but I can’t watch her cry like this.
I shift on the small, overstuffed sofa and drape my arm around her. The top of her head fits perfectly into the crook of my shoulder. The scent of her hair takes over my senses; the sound of her softly sniffling through her tears tugs at my heart.
I alternate between squeezing her arm and tracing my fingers up over her shoulder. When she seems to have gathered her emotions, calming down a bit, my instincts take over and I act seemingly without thinking.
Or maybe I am thinking and I’m just afraid of what I’m thinking.
Gently pressing my lips to the top of her soft, brown hair feels like second nature. She tenses momentarily, and I realize I may have just overstepped my boundaries.
“Sorry about that.” I straighten in my seat and try to move my arm, but her fingers fall to my forearm. She looks up at me through long lashes with puffy, red eyes from crying.
“Don’t be.” Her voice is soft, angel-like. “It’s nice to be held.”
That piece of information prompts me to pull her even closer. “Well, I’m glad I could be of service.”
She laughs softly and then takes a deep breath before she shifts to move away from me, which just makes me pull her close once again. “Don’t,” planting another quick kiss to her head, “it’s nice to have someone to hold.”
Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.
Let Love Be
Let Love Shine
Let Love In
Let Love Stay
Let Love Heal
Secret Obsession by Olivia Linden
When two lost souls find each other, nothing can be sweeter. Or, more forbidden. Finn Walters does his best to ignore his attraction to Sylvia Davis. She’s tempting, but off limits. The problem is that she wants him too, and when she makes the first move, nothing can stop him from taking what he wants. Lines get crossed, blurred and scratched down his back when they both give into their mutual desires. How far will they go to indulge their Secret Obsession?
Lock & Key by R.S. Grey
Journalist Kate Winters is on assignment in Kosovo when she’s captured by rebel forces. She’ll be tortured and beaten until they’re done questioning her… but she soon learns that it’s not the low-ranking guards she should fear. They’re nothing compared to their leader—dangerous, sinfully sexy, Adam, whose main purpose is to extract information from her by any means possible.
One Hot Summer by Lisa M Harley
AnaBelle Mason knew when she married an older man he might die before she did, she just didn’t realize it would happen so soon. Less than five years after her fairy tale wedding to the man of her dreams, she was left all alone to run the ranch that had been in her late husbands family for years.
Tray Thompson lives the life of a carefree college student. He spends his day coasting through classes, and his nights working his way through the female population of Walker University.
When Tray’s best friend Jason asks him to help him work at his family farm for the summer, Tray doesn’t want to go, but he owes Jason so much. He reluctantly agrees to help his best friend out.
What will happen when a lonely widow woman, bound and determined to make it on her own meets her stepsons best friend and sparks fly?
Will she be able to tame the young mans playboy ways or will he help her remember she lost her husband, not her life?
The Naughty Au Pair by Janice Baker
Angelina left her small town in France to become Senator Lauren Winchester’s Au Pair. She never expected to fall in love and have an affair with the Senator’s husband, Gordon. Angelina expected Gordon to keep his promise to leave his wife for her. When Gordon fails to finally tell his wife, Angelina decides to have a night to herself. A tryst to rid herself of Gordon’s hold on her. But that hot fling happened to be with Conner, the Senator’s older son from a previous marriage. When Angelina and Conner realize their true identities, Conner must have her. But is Angelina willing to give up her feelings for Conner’s step dad? Or will she wait for Gordon to finally make up his mind and sweep her off her feet?
Strictly Off Limits by Jessica Hawkins
Alexandra James gave up her spring break for an offer she couldn’t refuse: a week-long job that would earn her enough money to buy her way out of a broken heart. But if she thought her new boss would let her off easy because he’s her father’s best friend, she couldn’t have been more wrong. Dean Brittany demands perfection from his employees—but none more so than his new temp, since correcting her mistakes seems to fuel his unexpected attraction to her. Unfortunately for him, eighteen-year-old Alexandra is strictly off limits.
Try Me by Stacey Lynn
When Marcus Whitmore finally realizes he isn’t going to get the only girl he’s ever loved and his family isn’t going to be together, he decides it is time to move on. After all, the best way to get over a woman – is to get another woman under you. Which is exactly what he does, thinking that a night of passion will ease Emma from his mind. What Marcus doesn’t plan on is waking up to an empty bed and the memory of a woman he can’t forget.
Weeks later, when Marcus runs into Tabby again, he is determined to have her back in his bed. The problem? Tabby is his son’s teacher. And if anyone finds out that Tabby is involved with Logan’s dad, she could lose her job.
Is Marcus worth the risk? Are the best things in life really worth fighting for?
Inadmissible Attraction by Rebecca Brooke
Nineteen year old Nora Willson has spent the last five years refereeing for her parents, while trying to hide the deplorable state of their marriage from her younger siblings. When she goes to their custody hearing to offer moral support, she never expects her father’s attorney to notice her in more ways than one. Will that one moment make Nora see what she’s been missing, or will fear cause her to step away from the gorgeous Mr. Garnes.
In Too Deep by Morgan Jane Mitchell
25-year-old Loraine Wynters has always been in control. She takes what she wants, from a new man every night -and leaves. Too bad this has cost her her last job and landed her in the local sex addict’s support group where she is certain she doesn’t belong. Within this group of weirdos, she sees a familiar face.
Richard Mahoney may be the gorgeous 30-year-old, successful owner of Table 21, but he has lost more than Loraine could ever imagine because of his obsession. After learning all her secrets, Loraine’s new boss Rick is determined to fix her with his own brand of therapy. After digging deeper, Loraine finds that her boss needs more than just physical healing.
Can they repair each other so they can be with other people?
With both Loraine and Rick longing for a normal life, will a pact between them be the answer to both their problems? Or are they getting in too deep?
♥ Three fateful encounters….
♥ Two heart-breaking tragedies….
♥ One last chance to get it right.
From New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love story about rewriting destiny
Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki’s life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.
Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she’s tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.
Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he’s never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he’s never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn’t even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he’s never felt like his life had any purpose… until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.
When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home, Abandon) and the Luke and Chase series.
Accidental Gold digger.
Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?
Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.
New York City, May 2000. The Internet bubble has burst and Evan, a computer programmer, is fired with an email from his boss. The next day, his girlfriend dumps him, also via email. Afraid to check any more emails, Evan desperately seeks a rebound romance but the catastrophes that ensue go from bad to hilariously worse.
Fortunately, Evan meets Sammy — someone whose legendary disasters with females eclipse even his own. To reverse their fortunes, they recruit their friends — Trevor, Yi, and Carlos — to form a group of five guys who take on Manhattan in pursuit of dates, sex, and adventure.
When Evan, a closet writer, falls desperately in love with a Hollywood starlet, he schemes to meet her by writing a novel that will sweep her off her feet. Sammy knows nothing about publishing but is confident of one thing: Evan’s book should have the word “sex” in the title.
With musings about life, relationships, and human psychology, this quintessential New York story about the search for happiness follows five men on their comical paths to trouble, self-discovery, and love.
Check out Chapters 1 – 3, Funny Quotes, Meet the Characters, Read some excerpts and everything Sex In The Title
Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.
To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues. And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.