Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Aloha to Terry Spear and ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY (Silver Town Wolf No. 6)


Reminder: I have a special giveaway for Military Apprecation Month at this link.  Thanks, Terry, for serving!

THERE’S A NEW WOLF PACK IN SILVER TERRITORY

Wolf shifter and park ranger Eric Silver is committed to his job policing spectacular San Isabel National Forest, and he’s hot on the scent of some mysterious wolves who are up to no good. When Eric’s investigation leads him to cross paths with forester Pepper Grayling, he’s fascinated to learn this she-wolf is her pack’s leader—strong, independent, and definitely not looking for a mate.

AND THIS TIME THE LEADER’S A SHE…

With unknown dangers on the prowl, Pepper is tempted to give in to her attraction to Eric and align her pack with his. But Pepper’s been pursued by many an alpha male out to take over her pack and gain her hard-won territory—and Eric is a born leader. How does Eric earn the trust of a she-wolf who’s been betrayed so often in the past?



USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

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A Message from Terry Spear:

During the writing of Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply, I made trips to several wolf reserves. As soon as I saw the sign for Mexican gray wolves near Albuquerque, I wanted to drive there and see them. So before we made our return trip home, we did.

To take care of Mexican gray wolves, a facility has to have special permission. They’re much rarer, but they’re much like their cousins in the north. I have to admit I loved seeing all the animals, but I was anxious to see the Mexican gray wolves at play. In my stories, I always include some kind of play time for my wolves, because it’s a way for them to show hierarchy, and a way for them to do what they do in the wild, train to take down their prey. In captivity, it’s somewhat different. When they heard a truck coming, that instantly meant food to them. No one came with food, but the wolves started to race around the fence and play with each other, and that made it fun for us.

Another wolf was isolated in her own fenced-in area. Why? Oftentimes, wolves like to be with a pack. They’re pack animals. But sometimes they grow too old and can’t manage the younger wolves who are in charge, maybe once having been in charge themselves. In one wildlife center in Minnesota, that was the case with one of their wolves. He had been retired. No showing off to visitors to the zoo. No mixing with the wolf pack that consisted of two brothers, the one male being the alpha, and a sister and brother, the female being the alpha by default. Though as feisty as she was, I was certain that if another wolf was introduced, she’d still be the alpha.

In a case in Texas, all the wolf dogs or wolves had “mates.” They don’t actually breed the wolves, only offer them a companion. But one wouldn’t accept a mate. She was a real beta with humans, full Arctic wolf, but put another wolf or wolfdog in with her and she was a terror.

In another case, this one in Nebraska, a wolf was being confined until he was more used to the environment. Once he was, he was allowed into the enclosure with the rest of the wolves and he became the alpha. When we were there, they said they had fifteen pups, seven yearlings and eight younger pups, but everyone was hiding, it was summer, so it was hot, which made it hard to see any of them.

And that’s the thing of doing research on wolves. You can’t always expect to go once and see the wolves out playing just for you. We spent all day at the one in Ely, Minnesota, recording and watching and asking questions of the staff. The wolves would disappear and sleep for long periods, then finally return and play or sleep where we could see them.

In a Wisconsin zoo, the two wolves never made an appearance. One of the personnel said that the wolves only came out early to play and would come out at night. They were around twelve years old, so tired old wolves. Which is totally understandable.

When we were at a different wolf reserve in Minnesota, they had said that they would have to separate wolves out if they had trouble between wolves. The one pack had a total of twelve wolves in it, the largest pack we saw in captivity that remained together.

The Mexican gray wolf that was isolated from the others has her own story to tell. I like to think she just needed her space, or she is waiting to find her perfect mate. What do you think?

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Pepper Grayling couldn’t believe it when she heard two wolves fighting in the woods. She’d caught a glimpse of both male wolves, the snarling, big tan and gray that bit at Waldron Mason, and Waldron himself, a beige wolf with a white front and a smattering of gray hairs. The mystery wolf had snapped at Waldron before he raced off. The way he didn’t tuck tail meant he wasn’t cowed by the aggressor. And that had intrigued her.

She was furious that Waldron was pulling her away from her own pack to deal with him when she wanted to ensure Susan was properly cared for. As quickly as she was able, she stripped off her clothes, shifted, and ran like the devil to chase Waldron down. Whoever the other wolf had been, he had posed no threat to them. When she ran after the two wolves, she smelled their scents. The mystery wolf was indeed Eric Silver. No way would she want Waldron to hurt Eric after he’d helped Susan!

She was so angry, she could have killed Waldron for his unwarranted actions.

When she spied Waldron still chasing after Eric, she tore into him, growling and snapping to let him know just how angry he’d made her. He whipped around as if to attack, then recognized her and realized that by attacking, he’d lose any chance of courting and mating her—not that he had any—so he backed off. From his narrow-eyed, harsh gaze, she could tell he was irritated to the max with her. If he could have, he would have continued to hunt the other wolf down and finished him off. She worried about Eric—she smelled his blood on Waldron. How badly had Waldron hurt him?

But she knew Eric had been injured even before this because she’d smelled both an antiseptic and blood on him when she first met him.

She listened but didn’t hear any sign of Eric. Growling at Waldron again, she turned and ran off. She continued to pay attention to the sounds around her, making sure he wasn’t following her back to their campsite. She didn’t want to have to say a word to him about any of this when she reached camp. All she wanted to do was see that her cousin Susan was taken care of.

When she didn’t hear Waldron following her, she wondered if he had gone back after Eric.

As for Eric, she already had trouble with one alpha male wanting to court her. She sure didn’t need a second one bugging her, if Eric had any such notion. Still, she felt bad that Waldron had attacked him, and she really hoped he wasn’t hurt too seriously.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Aloha to Lori Wilde and LOVE OF THE GAME (Stardust, Texas)

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A sexy sports superstar discovers his body isn’t the only thing that needs healing in this newest Stardust, Texas novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde…

With major league good looks and talent, Dallas Gunslingers relief pitcher Axel Richmond was living the good life. Even if the roar of the crowd could never distract him from the loss of his young son. But now with an injured shoulder and his career on the line, Axel is stuck recuperating at a ranch in Stardust, Texas . . . striking out only with his gorgeous physical therapist.

Kasha Carlyle has one week to get Axel back in action or she can kiss her much-needed job with the Gunslingers goodbye. And any chance to seek custody of the orphaned half-sister she never knew existed. She quickly learns that Axel’s guarded heart also needs healing . . . requiring all kinds of sneaky plays and sexy moves in extra innings.


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.

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I am giving away a book choice from convention stash.  To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about your favorite baseball movie.  Mine is A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN.

2. This giveaway is open to US residents, but I welcome comments from our international readers. 

2. Comments are open through Saturday, May 7, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 8.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Back in the Game (Stardust, Texas, #1)23173047

Book 1 and 2 in the Stardust, Texas, series ...


Monday, May 2, 2016

Aloha to Kiersten Hallie Krum and WILD ON THE ROCKS - Book Review

Barefoot Bay: Wild on the Rocks (Kindle Worlds)

Reminder: I have a special giveaway for Military Apprecation Month at this link.

Wild on the Road

Driven by wanderlust and insatiable curiosity, Quinn Forrester views every new gig for her mixologist business as another chance for adventure. Until the night she wanders down the wrong hallway and witnesses a mob murder. After a week on the run, lack of funds and few options land Quinn in Barefoot Bay where she takes a job tending bar at the swanky Casa Blanca resort…and hopes no wise guys show up to make her sleep with the fishes. But nothing whacks a low profile like having your Navy SEAL ex-husband walk through the door—especially when he’s the love of your life you left behind.

Wild on the Beach

Discovering his restless ex-wife at Casa Blanca—and still going by his name—is enough to drive Lieutenant Commander Jasper McQueen wild. When she ran out on their marriage, Quinn left him a broken man. Now with his career in jeopardy and his sexy ex-wife at hand, Jasper is ready to chuck responsibility and submerse himself in a hedonistic affair—all sex, zero emotions—with the woman he won’t forgive and can never forget. And this time, when they’re done, it’ll be Jasper who does the leaving.

Wild on the Rocks

But a mob enforcer has tracked Quinn to Barefoot Bay. With her days numbered, Jasper may be her only shot at living through the night—if Quinn can get him to believe in her one last time.



Wild flowers grow where they will - Rachel Lambert Mellon

Krum kicks off WILD ON THE ROCKS with a hold-your-breathe scene with Quinn Forrester running for her life from the mob in New York. Meanwhile, her ex-husband, Jasper McQueen, confronts a biker gang to save a SEAL team member in San Diego. Both escape from their dangerous situations to Barefoot Bay on Florida's West Coast. Their accidental reunion sparks both passion and anger as they confront their lingering feelings for the other.

Krum delivers a high octane romantic suspense that kept me on edge throughout Quinn's journey back to Jasper. She captures the challenges of military life and its impact on personal relationships. I appreciate that neither Quinn or Jasper are perfect ... yet they are perfect for each other. WILD ON THE ROCKS is a sexy beach read with a chaser of adrenaline.  

Recommended read for fans of heart pumping action, a heroine with mojo*, and an honor-bound hero who deserves a second chance.

(*heroine makes a mean mojito)

I received a digital copy from the author for an honest review.


I am giving away a digital copy of WILD ON THE ROCKS to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about your favorite cocktail.  In college, I loved Long Island Ice Tea.  Thirty years later, I am content with wine.

2. Comments are open through Saturday, May 7, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 8.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Kiersten and her books at kierstenkrum.com.


Aloha to Jane Ashford, RIVALS OF FORTUNE, and THE IMPETUOUS HEIRESS


Reminder: I have a special giveaway for Military Apprecation Month at this link.


Two classic Regency romances from beloved bestselling author Jane Ashford

RIVALS OF FORTUNE — Joanna Rowntree thought she would die of a broken heart when her one true love married another—until not one but two fascinating newcomers appear on neighboring estates. As the roughhewn Jonathan Erland and the polished Sir Rollin Denby engage in a heated competition for her hand, Joanna realizes her heart is alive and well—but to whom will she give it?

THE IMPETUOUS HEIRESS — When spoiled Lady Alicia Alston, privileged daughter of a duke, is accidentally tossed into a ravine after a wild gallop with Ian MacClain, Earl of Cairnyllan, she expects a proposal as soon as is convenient. The stubborn Scot has other ideas. It takes a headlong journey to prevent an elopement to give Alicia and Ian a chance to clear up misunderstandings and figure out what they find so damnably passion-inducing about one another…


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Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Twenty-six of her new and backlist Regency romances are being published by Sourcebooks. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She is currently rather nomadic.

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Together, the two riders thundered along the path. Trees and undergrowth flashed by. They leapt another tiny ravine—first Alicia, then Cairnyllan arching up and over and landing at full gallop. Alicia’s laughter floated back as she held her lead, and the sound brought a grim smile to the earl’s ruddy face. He bent lower, but he did not close the short distance between them.

Finally, Alicia pulled up beside a massive oak, and he swung in beside her. They were both breathing quickly, and when their eyes met, both smiled. “How dare you ride that way sidesaddle?” wondered Cairnyllan. “I certainly wouldn’t want to try it.”

She laughed. “I have ridden so all my life.” Her smile turned reminiscent. “Though I used to go astride as well, when I was younger.”

He raised one eyebrow, but replied merely, “You have the finest seat I have ever seen in a woman.”

“Or a man?” she retorted. “I managed to beat you.”

“I didn’t want to founder your horse.” He sounded amused. “If I had one of my own…”

“Oh, of course.” She taunted him a little.

“And you had a good ten yards start,” he added, beginning to be nettled.

“Shall we try it again from here?” Alicia gazed into his eyes challengingly. She still felt immensely excited, and she realized now that this was not entirely due to the gallop. She had enjoyed winning the race, as she always did, but the presence of Ian MacClain had somehow intensified the sensation. Looking at him now, his ruddy hair brilliant in a shaft of sun and his blue eyes glinting, Alicia was abruptly flooded with a surge of desire. She thought of kissing him, and a thrill shivered through her.

Alicia had been kissed before, twice, in fits of great daring that she had later brushed aside, along with the gentlemen so favored. It had been an interesting experience, one that she was glad to have had but was disinclined to repeat. But watching Cairnyllan’s face, she was suddenly certain that with him it would not be the same at all.

The earl seemed to sense the change in her thoughts. He looked slightly startled at the heat in her eyes, then his own flickered and, at the same time, hardened a bit, conveying an equally intense response. They remained very still for a long moment, eyes locked, then Alicia took a shaky breath and wheeled her mare into a gallop again.

This time, Cairnyllan was right behind her. Alicia could see Whitefoot’s head in the corner of her eye, and her heart began to pound in rhythm with the hoofbeats. She found it difficult to breathe, and her mare, feeling the uncertainty in her hands, stumbled a little over a rock in the path. Alicia pulled her head up, and they recovered, but the hesitation had allowed the earl to come abreast.

Side by side, they raced, throwing brief glances at one another. Both bent low and urged their horses forward with knees and thoughts, intent on the contest between them.

Alicia was certain she was pulling ahead again when the widest ravine they had yet encountered loomed before them. It was at least six feet to the other side, she estimated, perhaps more. She could take it, of course, but…reluctantly, she started to ease the mare back from her headlong gallop, to prepare for the jump. Then she saw that Cairnyllan was making no such prudent move. He was going to attempt it flat out. She let her hand drop again, then quickly changed her mind. She couldn’t be sure of making the jump unless she slowed. And neither could he, she thought irritably. He seemed to have forgotten his worries over her horse.

Cairnyllan pulled ahead, and Whitefoot launched out over the ravine. Alicia caught one glimpse as he seemed to falter, then she herself was flying up and landing on the opposite side. Her mare stumbled slightly, then they were galloping along the path again.

After a moment, when the earl did not come up with her, Alicia turned. She saw Whitefoot some yards behind, his bridle dragging, slightly favoring his left forefoot. At once, she wheeled and raced back to the ravine.

Cairnyllan was in it. He had just picked himself up, in fact, and was brushing at the sleeve of his riding coat. Luckily, he had landed in a spot free of thorns, but he would have to push through a great clump of blackberry to get out.

“Are you all right?” called Alicia.

“Yes.” His tone was curt, and he sounded angry.

“Good,” Alicia snapped, and turned back to reassure the shaken animal. After a few moments an angry exclamation came from the ravine, and Alicia looked again at the earl.

Despite stern self-admonition, she began to laugh. He looked so funny standing there scowling, his head not even reaching the level of the path.

“Very amusing, I’ve no doubt,” said MacClain, the Scottish burr of his R’s intensified. “Suppose you give me a hand up.”

Alicia stifled her laughter and surveyed the situation. It would not be easy getting him out. The ravine was small but very steep. She would have to dismount. Sliding to the ground, she searched for a branch but found nothing. There were no large trees nearby. Finally, she crouched above him and extended her riding crop for him to grasp. It was not the most stable position, but the earl seemed likely to explode if she did not do something quickly, and she felt sympathy as well as amusement at his plight. How she would hate to be in it!

Cairnyllan grabbed the end of the riding crop and started to climb, but, in his impatience he pulled far too hard, and in the next instant, Alicia had tumbled forward into his arms and both of them were on the floor of the ravine in a heap.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Special giveaway for Military Appreciation Month

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May is Military Appreciation Month!  I am giving away a "basket" of books from authors connected to the military to one randomly selected commenter from all the posts in May:

Victoria Alexander (Air Force), The Daring Exploits of the Runaway Heiress
Robyn Carr (Air Force), One Wish
PC Cast and Kristin Cast (Air Force),
Marked
Diana Cosby (Navy),
His Destiny
Cindy Dees (Air Force),
Target
HelenKay Dimon (Navy),
Cornered
Eileen Dreyer (Army),
Twice Tempted
Marie Force (Navy),
Maid For Love
Rachel Grant (Navy),
Incriminating Evidence
Lorraine Heath (Air Force),
When the Duke was Wicked
Shirley Jump (Coast Guard),
The Sweetheart Rules
Kieran Kramer (Navy),
Sweet Talk Me
Merline Lovelace (Air Force),
The Paternity Proposition
Catherine Mann (Air Force),
Free Fall
Julie Miller (Marine Corps),
Kansas City Secrets

Jessica Scott (Army), It's Always Been You
Tracy Solheim (Air Force), Risky Game
Delancey Stewart (Marine Corps), Redeption Red
Paige Tyler (Army), Hungry Like the Wolf

Michelle Willingham (Air Force), Unlaced by the Outlaw

Plus Way of the Warrior - An Anthology with Suzanne Brockmann, M.L. Buchman, Anne Elizabeth (Navy), Lea Griffith, Catherine Mann, Kate Serine, Tina Wainscott, and Julie Ann Walker. 

Plus swag from Emmy Curtis (Air Force), Geri Krotow (Navy), and Elle James (Air Force).

Plus trinkets from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

This contests is open to US residents.  I will announce the winner on Sunday, June 5.


Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City




Weekly Winners


We have winners at SOS Aloha!

Diane Kelly's LAYING DOWN THE PAW
- Barbara wins a book choice from my convention stash.

Laying Down the Paw (Paw Enforcement, #3)

Anne A. Wilson's HOVER
- Susan P. wins a book choice from my convention stash. 

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Roxanne St. Claire's BAREFOOT BAY
- Linda wins a book choice from my convention stash. 


Jodi Thomas' LONE HEART PASS
- Charlene wins a print copy of LONE HEART PASS.

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Spotlight on Anne Barton 
- Karen T. wins a book choice from my convention stash. 


Kate Dyer-Seely's SILENCED IN THE SURF
- Patty B43 wins a book choice from my convention stash.

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Toni Anderson's DARK WATERS
- Mary K. wins a print copy of DARK WATERS

Dark Waters (Barkley Sound, #2)

Winners, please send your mailing address to sos.aloha@yahoo.com.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City






May is Military Appreciation Month


5/1: Weekly Winners
plus Special Giveaway to celebrate Military Appreciation Monty 
5/2: Jane Ashford's Rivals of Fortune/Impetuous Heiress 
plus Kiersten Hallie Krum's WILD ON THE ROCKS - Book Review
5/3: Lori Wilde's LOVE OF THE GAME (Stardust, Texas No. 3) 
plus Chanel Cleeton's FLY WITH ME Release Blitz
5/4: Wednesday's Warriors with Terry Spear and ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY
5/5: Sally MacKenzie's HOW TO MANAGE A MARQUESS
5/6: Darcy Burke's ROMANCING THE EARL
5/7: Laura Lipman's WILDE LAKE
5/8: Weekly Winners
5/9: Julie Garwood's ONE PINK ROSE (Ebook release)
5/10: Adreienne Giordano's DOG COLLAR COUTURE
5/11: Wednesday's Warriors with Chanel Cleeton's FLY WITH ME
5/12: Open
5/13: Leslie Jones' NIGHT HUSH
5/14: RWA in San Diego - A Future Duchess Lands at Navy Base Coronado
5/15: Weekly Winners
5/16: Katie Ruggle's FAN THE FLAME
5/17: Open
5/18: Wednesday's Warriors - Marie Harte's TEST DRIVE
5/19: Siera London's CATCHING REBECCA
5/20: Paige Tyler's TO LOVE A WOLF
5/21: Celebrate Little Victories
5/22: Weekly Winners
plus Rachel Goodman's SOUR GRAPES
5/23: Reserved - Laura Griffin
5/24: Liz Talley's CHARMINGLY YOURS
5/25: Wednesday's Warriors
5/26: Victoria Vane's SADDLE UP
5/27: Carolyn Brown's WHAT HAPPENS IN TEXAS
5/28: Laura Tentham's KISS ME THAT WAY
5/29: Weekly Winners
5/30: Memorial Day
5/31: Samantha Chase's JUSTIN'S RETURN
plus Elizabeth Hoyt's DUKE OF SIN

6/1: Wednesday's Warrior Mitchell Charles' THE KINGDOM OF OCEANA
6/2: Nancy Herkness' THE ALL-STAR ANTES UP
6/3: Lauren Layne's FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
6/4: Celebrate Little Victories - Tracy Solheim's SMOLDER
6/5: Weekly Winners
6/6: Celebrate Hawaii with Kate Pearce from the Big Island
6/7: Celebrate Hawaii with Jennifer Bernard from the Big Island
6/8: Wednesday's Warriors - Celebrate Hawaii with Melissa Schroeder from Oahu
6/9: Celebrate Hawaii
6/10: Celebrate Hawaii with Jill Marie Landis from Kauai
6/11: Celebrate Little Victories - King Kamehameha Day
6/12: Weekly Winners
6/13: Open
6/14: Open
6/15: Wednesday's Warriors
6/16: Julie Ann Walker's DEVIL AND THE DEEP
6/17: Open
6/18: Celebrate Little Victories
6/19: Weekly Winners
6/20: Amanda Forester's IF THE EARL ONLY KNEW
6/21: Samantha Chase's ALWAYS MY GIRL
6/22: Wednesday's Warriors
6/23: Terry Spear's BILLIONAIRE IN WOLF'S CLOTHING
6/24: Open
6/25: Celebrate Little Victories
6/26: Weekly Winners
6/27: Celebrate Canada with Anne Lethbridge
6/28: Celebrate Canada with Shana Gray
6/29: Celebrate Canada with Julie Rowe
6/30: Celebrate Canada with Toni Anderson

7/1: Celebrate Canada with Kaylea Cross
7/2: Celebrate Little Victories
7/3: Weekly Winners
7/4: Freedom isn't Free
7/5: Alissa Johnson's A GIFT FOR GUILE
7/6: Wednesday's Warrior
7/7: Leigh Greenwood's No One But You
7/8: Jill Mansell's YOU AND ME, ALWAYS
7/12: The Sapphire Affair by Lauren Blakely

8/2: Laura Trentham's TILL I KISSED YOU