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BUILT TO LAST – A Julie Ann Walker Review

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I am not ready for my BKI boys to me over! I know I know…these stories live on outside of these books. But no more action packed BKI heroes is a tough ill to swallow. I’ve been reading them from the start and Walker always manages to paint such bad-ass heroes. Good thing she saved the baddest of them all for the finale; Angel Agassi. The Iceman. The man without emotions…or so we thought!

BKI has been hunting the infamous Spider for months and are sure they’ve discovered his true identity when a ghost from Angel’s past haunts the screen beside the Spider. Sonya was an agent Angel dealt with in another life. He fell for her, but in order to stay true to his beliefs in protecting his people, he had to give up everything, including Sonya. Now under the Spider’s roof he has to feign indifference as her very image is right before him and her scent is jut as tempting as it was years before. But he wears a different face now and even the woman of his dreams doesn’t recognize him. Its a tough desire to defeat, but Angel can’t jeopardize this mission and risk the lives of thousands all for a shot at forever with Sonya.

Sonya is intrigued by the Prince of Shadow, aka Angel. After spending days with him she’s reminded of Mark, her past love, in his mannerisms and even some of his tells. But the man she loved is dead and the monster in his place is cold and distant. Until one night and one kiss sparks a memory… Now on the run these two have to decide who to trust and where to turn as lies become truth and secrets come to light. Filled with non-stop action, Walker knocks it out of the park with this finale! Angel has always been stone cold and mysterious and watching Sonya slowly crack his shell an reveal the loving man inside was so perfect!

The sides story of Ace and Rusty was so swoony! I really wanted these two to have their own book. There’s something about argumentative couples that just makes the book a lot more interesting and hilarious. Having Ozzie there to break their sexual tension was hysterical! In the end, a sneak peek into all of the BKI crews live and futures was a beautiful send off to this amazing action romance series from one of by auto-buy authors. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!


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In the epic conclusion to the BKI series, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Ann Walker delivers her biggest bombshell yet!

Welcome to Black Knights Inc.

What appears to be a tricked-out motorcycle shop on the North Side of Chicago is actually headquarters for the world’s most elite covert operatives. Deadly, dangerous, and determined, they’ll steal your breath and your heart.

After a mission-gone-sideways forces Jamin “Angel” Agassi to change his identity, he’s determined to bring down the world’s worst crime syndicate kingpin once and for all. That’s going to be the easy part. Keeping Interpol agent Sonya Butler from discovering who he really is—and blazing another trail into his heart—is the challenge.

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Julie.png Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word. Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. “I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.” It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!

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2017 Top Reads

It’s that time again! the end of the year is my favorite because it gives me a chance to look back on all of the reading I’ve done and the crazy adventures I’ve gotten to go on. Whether it was new authors, new series, or new avenues, this year held some of the most jaw-dropping and heart-wrenching books I’ve ever read! I’ve got some of my favorites and their reviews to share with you but here’s a quick look from my Year in Review on Goodreads.

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WIN.jpg What I Need – J. Daniels

There’s something to be said about a southern gentleman who’s not afraid to talk dirty. Daniel’s CJ Tully is the perfect mix of sweet talkin’ man who will do whatever it takes to win his woman. But don’t let the cop uniform fool you….he’s downright dirty. And sweet Riley has to rumble her way around his confident feet.

Check out my full review of Tully’s tequila filled kisses here!

 

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The Deep End & The Farthest Edge – Kristen Ashley

You bet your sweet butt that KA is going to be on my list. Her latest dip into the dark erotic world of BDSM went live this year as she released two in the Honey Series. No stranger to strong men who aren’t afraid of what they like, our new heroes have a different tale to tell. With a switch up about alpha-subs and a delectable world of decadence and rules when it comes to sex, KA’s Honey Series either left you shocked or hanging on for more.

Read the full review for Olly and Amelie here and Branch & Evangeline here.

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Talk about your heroes that need saving. I had been dying for Poppy and Wheeler’s romance as it was a chance for two battered broken hearts to find love. This tear-jerker romance was one hell of a way for Crownover to end her Saints of Denver series with a BANG!

Read my full thoughts here.

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Checkmate: This is Dangerous & This is Beautiful – Kennedy Fox

Magical duo Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish revealed themselves as the elusive Kennedy Fox after releasing their final duet in the Checkmate series. And where the two previous duets were enemies and friends to lovers, the final pair was a heartbreaking tale of loss and what may never be. With a cliff ending for book 1 that left readers in shock, the duo closed the series with a one-two punch sure to make your top reads list.

Check out my reaction to Logan & Kayla’s tale here and their finale here.

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My first A.L. Jackson novel and I AM HOOKED. In her new Fight For Me series, the first novel deals with single dad Rex fighting his attraction to his new neighbor Rynna. When dangers from their pasts their past threaten their lives and the life of his daughter…hold on.

Read my review of this heart-warming, coming home romance here.

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The Final Fight – J.B. Salsbury

If you’re looking for a tale that will break you apart emotionally then build you back up, then the dramatic final to Salsbury’s Fighting Series is the book for you. It’s somehow two tales in one; our hero Braden falls in love our heroine AJ but after going to war comes home a broken man who has to learn to love again.

Read the full review (with tears) here.

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IMG_2541 Hooking Up – Helena Hunting

Generally the queen of romcoms filled with slapstick humor, Hunting’s Hooking Up had readers wanting strangle our new heroine’s traitorous husband within minutes. Bit with Anarchy Amie taking charge, our sassy heroine takes charge of her life….with a new beau.

Read my (hero) spoiler-free review here.

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Ruthless King, Defiant, Queen & Sinful Empire – Meghan March

New to Meghan March these series completely blew me away with the dirtiest and darkest side of NOLA romance. Mount, the dark king of NOLA, claims our heroine Keira, body and soul, as a debt paid and the whole sordid tale spirals into madness from there. With cliff hangers and twist endings in each story, this trilogy was a journey straight to my favorite reads.

Read my initial reaction to Lachlan Mount here, to Keira standing her ground defiantly here, and the big finale of this sinful duo here.

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Honorable mentions: While I don’t review every book I read in the year, there are a few that still hit my top reads list.

 


Looking ahead…

With the close of 2017 comes the highly anticipated reads for 2018! Here’s some of my big wishes for the next 12 months:

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Dynamic duo Kennedy Fox blew us all away with their Checkmate series and as they come together for another series (technically two with the #BedtimeReads series!) we’ll get 4 novels based on the southern, country brothers of Courtney Bishop. Find out more about book one, Taming Him now.

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J. Daniels returns to her Dirty Deeds series and is bring us the heartbreaking tale of Stitch and Shayla. I cannot express how excited I am for this story! I’m all for a heartbroken man who needs some cute little lady to love him and fight for him! (In my mind it’s me, because I am claiming him!). You can check out an exclusive excerpt from Bad For You here.

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For fans of the fantasy romance Fever Series, Moning dives in again with a focus on Dani O’Malley in High Voltage. With her world seemingly in shambles after an all-encompassing battle against the Fae, a new view point and a new hero is sure to have fans begging for more!

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One of my all time favorites, Julie Ann Walker, closes out her beloved Black Knights Inc. series with Built to Last. Mysterious mercenary Angel may finally reveal his secrets as we say goodbye to this MC romance classic!

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Rom-com queen Helena Hunting teased a new book and new cover with Good Luck Charm. Her charming characters make for heartwarming, feel-good romance with no shortage of sexy times and hilarious moments. Find out more about this new standalone here.

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Beloved school teacher Josie may finally find her prince charming in Jaci Burton’s next Hope novel, One Perfect Kiss. Burton’s sweet romances have never failed to leave readers sighing and swooning over her hunky heroes. I for one can’t wait for some more wholesome romance!

HOT PURSUIT – A Julie Ann Walker Review

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I’m so in love. SO SO in love with Christian. Ozzie will always be my main BKI man but Christian and his smooth talking ways have rushed right up to second place.

We’ve spent years alongside the BKI crew and nothing has been as entertaining as the back and forth teasing between the former SAS operative Christian and the sassy-mouthed office manager Emily. There’s always been a clear chemistry just waiting to burst the sheets in to flames but Walker delivers in just the right amounts to readers.

We pick up on Christian, Emily, Angel, Ace, and Rusty right where they split from Dagan’s book previously. As they are on the run for their lives, it clicks for Christian that he truly does love Emily. He spends time wooing her while letting her think that he’s only in it for the sex. While a new and mysterious villain comes after Christian, he’s got to also battle Emil’s fear of her past.

There’s no lack of action in Hot Pursuit. The classic kick butt knights are still kicking, even when on the run. And ACE…..OMG….I want Ace to have his own book! This plot line has got to be filled with gold and I’m really hoping that Walker can finish it out to the direction I believe it’s heading. I won’t spoil that one for y’all 😉 As for our next Knight…Angel’s mysteries are about to unravel…


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Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But now he’s back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

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Emily lost her coveted job at the CIA because of a colleague turned rogue, and now she has just one rule when it comes to men: they’re for recreational purposes only. But when she and Christian are thrust into very close quarters while evading two mysterious men who want Christian dead, she can’t help but question all her ideas about love and life lived on the edge. Battling the bad guys is hard enough, battling her feelings for Christian just might prove impossible.

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Julie.png Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word. Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. “I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.” It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!

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FUEL FOR FIRE – A Julie Ann Walker Review

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Julie Ann Walker is the BEST action romance writer! Dagan and Chelsea’s story is filled with heart-dropping action that left me begging to turn the page. When Chelsea is finally able to go out in to the field to show her strength, it leaves Dagan in a comparable position. He cares for her but can she care for the man he truly is? Chelsea’s out to prove to Dagan that she’s tough enough to get the job done. But when she puts herself in the line of fire, Dagan is the only one that can save her…but can he forgive her?

The BKI boys are always a ball of fun and I’m definitely loving Walker’s quick jump over the pond to see our new recruits. Dagan is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it, and this time it’s Chelsea. He’s finally giving in to the feelings he’s had for years and can’t believe his ears that she’s felt the same. The chemistry between these two is just unbelievably sexy!

Chelsea is this courageous whirlwind of girl power that is the perfect combination of brains and balls. Dagan and her have spent years trading sarcastic barbs but when it comes down to it, he trusts her to make the right decisions in their case. Add in the crazy mastermind criminal that was in their sights is now on their tails and this is one crazy ride. I can’t wait for more of the new BKI crew…Christian and Emily?! And uhh…Ace…buddy there better be a story for you soon!

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Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes
The first two left blood on his hands.
The third left him wondering…what if? What if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell apart?

Spitfire CIA agent Chelsea Duvall has always had a thing for bossy, brooding Dagan. It’s just as well that he’s never given her a second look, since she carries a combustible secret about his past that threatens to torch their lives…

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Julie.png Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word. Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. “I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.” It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!

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WILD RIDE – A Julie Ann Walker Review

*ARC Received from the author for an honest review*

OH. MY. GOD. There are some authors that are one-clicks. You know, you purchase every word they write no matter what. Julie Ann Walker is one of mine. Now I’ve loved the BKI boys from the start but the minute Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes opened his wise-cracking mouth above his nerdy tees..I WAS STOLEN. Ozzie has been my #1 man in the JAW world and I have been WAITING for him to finally get his HEA…..and ladies and gents…did he ever!!!!

I was so nervous going in to this read as I new that the heroine picked for Ozzie was the one and only Samantha Tate; the bane of the BKI secret world. I thought she was annoying. I thought she would grate on my nerves and make me hate her. I could not have been more wrong. Not only is Samantha Tate made a brass and ass; this chick is seriously made of no fear. Now we know Walker likes to have her heroines BE just that…heroines. But Samantha’s heroics took my completely by surprise and learning her horrid backstory of WHY she’s such a bloodhound when it comes to the hows and the whys just helped her dig her way right into my heart and sit her pretty little ass down.

Also, as most romances ho, we have the typical either “will they/won’t they” trope. But pair that with Walker’s insane ability to provide heart stopping action alongside heart wrenching emotions and moments and you have one hell of a..WILD RIDE. (Ah the title always makes sense at some point!) The climax of this story eclipsed after Samantha is caught up in the real world’s version of Sons of Anarchy, the Basilisks’ gun running business and gets  target on her back. And of course Ozzie has to come to her rescue when the big bad snake’s got her dead to rights. But I won’t spoil how that goes down…oh no. Just don’t read on if you want to be spoiled at all….

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Ready?….Walker threw in one last jaw dropper when FINALLY…after 6 YEARS. Samantha Tate learns BKI’s true identity in THE best way possible (I feel like I’m using a lot of full caps in this review but trust me…its worth it). Emily’s genius plan to lay it all out for Samantha had me grinning like a damn fool. But ooh no that wasn’t ENOUGH. We learn that Ozzie’s charm and nerdy ways are due to one tragic past…one that solidifies that Ozzie is the heart of the BKI crew. (#TeamBecky….read and you’ll get why).

After this ride I can’t wait for our next BKI adventure which will be Zoelner’s book (missed most of the boys in this one!) but after that…Emily and Christian? Gods that’s going to be a crazy ride.


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Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes

Former Navy SEAL

Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he’s stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he’s tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who’s been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha’s beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie’s losing his desire to keep her at bay.

Ozzie’s tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with…

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Julie.png Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word. Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for a way to flex my mental muscles,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. “I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read.” It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!

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2016 GoodReads Challenge: Pt. 2

The year is over! And I’ve reached my third reading goal for 2016! I started out with a goal of 80, then 100, and now 115! Check out all my reads below and be sure to add them to your TBR piles for 2017!

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Click here to see the first 80 books from 2016!

I’m so excited for my reads and reviews coming up in 2017!!!

XOXO Nalla

2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge: Pt. 1

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I’ve reached my goal!! Scroll down to see all my reads from this year…so far!

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Maya Banks: Softly at Sunrise, Forged in Steele, After the Storm, When Day Breaks, Darkest Before Dawn

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Maya Banks: Mastered, Keep Me Safe, In His Keeping

Karen Marie Moning: Feverborn

Erin McCarthy: Burn

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Maya Banks: Safe at Last, For Her Pleasure, Be With Me

Candy Starr: Too Many Rock Stars

Kate Dyer-Seeley: Slayed on the Slopes

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Yasmine Galenorn: Autumn Thorns

Kristen Ashely: Rock ChickRock Chick Rescue, Knight

Jaci Burton: Unexpected Rush

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Kristen Ashley: Rock Chick Redemption, Rock Chick Renegade, Rock Chick Revenge, Rock Chick Reckoning, Creed

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Kristen Ashley: Raid, Deacon, Sebring, Rock Chick Regret, Rock Chick Revolution

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Kristen Ashley: For You, At Peace, Golden Trail

Shiloh Walker: Darker than Desire

Patricia Briggs: Fire Touched

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Drew Jordan: Hide

Kristen Ashley: Games of the Heart, The Promise

J.R. Ward: The Beast

Katie MacAlister: Dragon Soul

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Kristen Ashley: Hold On, Bounty

Kresley Cole: The Player

Jay Crownover: Built, Charged

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Gena Showalter: The Darkest Torment

Maya Banks: Dominated

Kylie Scott: Dirty, Lick

Jay Crownover: Rule

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Jay Crownover: Jet, Rome, Nash, Rowdy, Asa

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Katie MacAlister: Daring in a Blue Dress

Jay Crownover: Honor

Sherrilyn Kenyon: Born of Legend

Julie Ann Walker: Devil and the Deep

Shiloh Walker: Headed for Trouble

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Katie MacAlister: Ghost of a Chance

Katie Ruggle: Gone Too Deep

Yasmine Galenorn: Flight from Mayhem

J.R. Ward: The Angels’ Share

M. O’Keefe: Burn Down the Night

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Jaci Burton: Don’t Let Go

Shiloh Walker: The Trouble with Temptation, The Right Kind of Trouble

Katie Ruggle: Hold Your Breath

Jay Crownover: Better When He’s Bad

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Maya Banks: With Every Breath

Jay Crownover: Better When He’s Bold, Better When He’s Brave

Katie Ruggle: Fan the Flames

Lynsay Sands: Runaway Vampire

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Lynsay Sands: Immortal Nights

Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter: Blood Red Kiss

Yasmine Galenorn: Shadow Silence

Katie Ruggle: In Safe Hands

Erin McCarthy: Heart Breaker

I’ll add the rest of 2016 at the end of the year with the rest of the stats!

XOXO Nalla

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